I had been wanting to go to the Arboretum to look at all the new plantings for a long while, but Jesse kept saying we would go later. (Jesse is a horticulturist at the arboretum...not sure if I mentioned that or not).
So, on Wednesday June 1st...he said we would go out to dinner and then would take a walk through the Arboretum where he would show me all the new plants. I was excited, not even suspecting what was in store!
Before this, I had been a little concerned because driving home from my parent's house over Memorial Day, he was really, really quiet- which was so unusual for him. I asked him about it twice before and he said he was just thinking...
So we went out to dinner on Wednesday at an Italian restaurant here in Lexington. It was very good food! I brought up his quietness one more time and asked him was he was thinking about- his answer was "stuff". I pushed it a little further with, "what stuff?" He said: "I'll tell you later" and he laughed. He seemed fine after that.
We finished up dinner and drove to the arboretum. We held hands as we walked and he pointed out all the new plantings over the arboretum since the last time I had been there. He had done a lot of work and it looked beautiful! At the garden area, we ate a few strawberries and a raspberry each.
Then we went to the rose garden. The arboretum has thousands of roses which are beautiful and smell heavenly. He showed me several of them and pointed out the names as I admired each of them.
A few minutes later, we walked over to the rose arbor which was filled with climbing roses. We sat on a bench, holding hands and talking for about 15 minutes.
Jesse then got really quiet...I was starting to get just a little concerned again...
when he says:
"Natasha, I have a question to ask you..."
"but you can't cry until after I'm finished..." and right then I knew it was coming!
Then he got up off the bench and down on one knee and took something out of his pocket and told me that he doesn't have much, but everything he has is mine...and...
"Will you marry me?"
"Yes!!! Yes, I will"
and then we kissed.
Inside the box was this:
Afterward we sat and smiled and laughed and talked about plans and held hands.
And that's the story I'll tell for the rest of my life when someone asks how my husband proposed to me!