Four years ago today, on Easter Sunday, my first and only true love asked me to marry him. It's a day I will never forget for as long as I live.
We had just graduated college and had been living in Alabama for a little over two months. I knew we would get married someday; I'd known since I was sixteen years old (I wouldn't have moved across the country with him otherwise) but I didn't know when it would happen. We had never looked at rings or discussed the topic in too much detail. I figured we would take some time to adjust to life in Alabama before we even thought about that next step. To say I was surprised would be a huge understatement!
A few days before Easter, I was feeling a little blue. I was sad about having to spend the holiday away from my family. I've always been big on holidays and family traditions. Every year we would go to Mass, have brunch, and my mom would hide eggs and a basket for me, my brother, and sister (yes, even when we were grown adults). With this in mind, I kept asking Paul if he thought the Easter Bunny would come visit us in Auburn. He would laugh and say no.
On Easter Sunday morning, I woke up to find one shiny plastic egg on the floor. I picked it up and looked at Paul who was smiling at me. I asked him what this was all about and he said he had no idea. I opened the egg and found a little piece of paper inside with a note written on it. It said:
At this point, I just thought Paul was being sweet and hiding eggs for me like my mom always did. And I was so in to it! Each egg had a clue inside that led to the next. I began racing around our tiny apartment looking for eggs. And let me tell you, they were not easy to find! Paul was following me and laughing the entire time because I probably looked like a total dork.
I finally found the last clue that led to my Easter basket. The basket had some goodies in it and one final egg. I opened the egg and here's what I found:
I turned around to look at Paul and found him down on one knee with a beautiful ring in his hand! I think I said something along the lines of, SERIOUSLY??? and before he could answer me I was jumping in his arms and screaming YES! He put the ring on my finger and we shared some hugs, tears, kisses and laughs.
It was such a perfect proposal. I couldn't have even dreamed anything better.
Happy engagement anniversary Pauly, I love you!