Posted 09 November 2009 - 07:31 PM
Ryan and I have been dating since 2003. We had broke up a couple times and dated long distance a few times. Our school and jobs had taken us in different directions. I had moved to California to begin my career last August, while Ryan finished school in Texas. When I came back to visit for Christmas, I arrived on Christmas Eve. I planned to meet my mom and Ryan at the airport, change, then go to my grandparents for our traditional Christmas Eve night. The entire day while traveling, I had called my sisters, my mom, Ryan, but everything seemed normal. After a long day of traveling, I got off the plane and started aimlessly following the crowd trying to find baggage claim. I was looking up, when someone stepped in front of me...it was Ryan...in a suit...with flowers. I was shock but it didn't register he was behind the security line. I said "oh, hi baby" and gave him a hug. For a second, I just thought he was dressed up for Christmas and had the flowers to welcome me back. Then it hit me, I said "wait, how did you get back here?" I don't even remember what he said or what was going on around me, but he got down on his knee. All I remember is him saying "I love you so much. Will you marry me Jess?" I said yes, of course, and we exchanged a few hugs and kisses. As we made our way to baggage claim, I was crying and kept staring at the ring. Then I started asking questions, how did you get back here? Right before we went through the doors for baggage claim, I hesitated and it hit me...who else is here? I quickly tried to wipe my eyes and fix my hair because I had a feeling there were other people waiting. We walked out and both of our immediate families were there! My sister had a camera and apparently had been following us the entire time. My dog flew home with me, so her crate came out with one of the airline crew members shortly after. It was so great to have her there for the occasion too!
I started texting and calling people in the car and we watched the video when we got to my grandparents house. That was last Christmas. Almost a year later, we are finally going on our site visit to Mexico before our trip home to Texas.
It wasn't how I ever imagined being proposed to, but it took a lot of time and effort for Ryan to organize everything. I love how unique and thoughtful it was! I expected he would propose sometime in the year (probably after he finished school and moved to California), but had no idea how or when. I love him so much!!!