Friday, March 26, 2010


Blake (previous blog alias: Clay) and I walked Thatcher last Saturday night after dinner at Hennen's. During our walk at the park we came to a grassy area that's sort of isolated in the woods and surrounded by a round cement structure. Clay commented on how pretty it was since it was lit up, and I walked over to inspect the lights. Then I realized they were candles. I had a brief moment of suspicion but quickly dismissed it, simply thinking the candles must have been left by someone. After all Blake & I had been together all evening. When we reached the middle of the circle Blake started fumbling with his jacket pocket, and I realized he was about to propose. It was really sweet and felt surreal and after talking for a bit we walked over to the other nearby park to see some of our close friends (half of whom knew what was going on and half who were excited to hear the news). Thatcher didn't seem to have strong feelings either way :)

Since then I've been so excited (and anxious to get things planned) that I've barely been able to sleep. I couldn't be happier and am planning to get married June 12.

If you're like me and like to ready people's "stories," you can read about our first date here (where I say that I will not go out with Blake, my neighbor, again even though I had a great time:), our second date & how I judged him too quickly here, third date, fourth date, the eleventh date, and how I missed him when I was in Nicaragua, the delightful birthday surprise he gave me....that's at least the start of this story....

Happy Friday!

p.s. I'm thankful that I've been patient and didn't settle for less than God's best, especially when people told me I was "too picky," that who I was looking for didn't exist, etc.


Me said...

AWESOME :) That is fantastic news!

Accidentally Me said...

Oh yay!!! This is the most fantastical news I have heard all day:-)

Scotty said...

Woo hoo! Best wishes to you both!

Aaron said...

Wedding invite pls. :)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Real love is worth the wait.

HappyascanB said...

AM says it best ~ fantastical news! We are tickled for y'all! Happy Planning! Enjoy every single moment of it!

Since I'm due 2 weeks after your wedding date, I know this random fact already: You have 11 weeks!! HAVE FUN!!!

HappyascanB said...

P.S. ~ Somehow missed your PS before my first comment. AMEN, sister! Hallelujah for patience and waiting on God's Best! Isn't it absolutely INCREDIBLE!?!?!?!

Ys said...

AHHHH!!!! I am SO happy for you :D Aww it reminds me of when my hubby proposed to me. He took me somewhere pretty like that and completely surprised me :) We also got married within five months of him proposing ;) When you know you know, there's no point waiting.

I am so happy for you :D

jennifer said...

Ally, congratulations!! I had fun rereading your old posts about Clay/Blake. Hooray for you for holding out!

Amy said...

Congrats! I know you don't know me, but I've followed your blog for quite some time now...I think after you commented on something on my blog. But anyway, how exciting for you!

And, thanks for sharing your "PS" in this post. It's an encouragement to me. At 31, I sometimes wonder if I'm "too picky" or if God knows what He's doing. But, then I remember He's got it all worked out and I just have to keep taking the next right step. So thanks for that "PS" today it was a good reminder to me. :)


kathryn thomas said...

fantastic news! i am glad to hear you're so happy and doing well. wonderful.

L.C.T. said...

Aw wow how thoroughly exciting - CONGRATULATIONS! A 3 month engagement is super fast! Very excited :)

r8chel said...

Oh, Ally. I'm so excited for you! Congratulations to you both!! And a hearty AMEN to that PS you wrote. It took me 30 years to find him, but in July I'm marrying a wonderful man who is absolutely the one I've been hoping and waiting for. :)

A2 said...

I am THRILLED as well! I also love the P.S. Keep sharing what God has done in your life (and Blake's)'s such an encouragement to us single gals!
Love you and can't wait to celebrate on June 12th!!

Our Happy Married Life... said...

so exciting! Have fun through all the planning. It's a very fun time-try not to let any stress get in the way of that. You guys are adorable! :)

Lib said...

OH MY FREAKING GOSH!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS ALLY! I AM SOOOO THRILLED FOR YOU. WOW--HOW EXCITING! I looked forward to reading more about the wedding planning process and your main man! Woohoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TC said...

I'm so glad you gave him that second chance :)


Where will the wedding be? Other details please! :)

OK Chick said...

Aww I'm so happy for you!Congrats to both of you!

Now, since you are completely happy how about passing over some of the leftover guys, from a year ago??? :)
I'm kidding.

Amanda said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! I remember reading on your blog when you met him, so glad things have worked out so beautifully :)

Sean Hanzelik said...

Great post! I enjoyed reading back over your history of dates, which I had never read about before.

It's funny to read about "Clay" from your early perspective, since I've known him for 10+ years.

Congratulations. I pray you guys have a blessed life together, honoring Christ in all that you do.

God bless,


p.s. Oh, I'd still love for you to add my blog to your blogroll.

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