an engagement story
Let me tell you why these are two of my favorite people on the planet.
Karolyn has been one of my very dearest friends for about 15 years now. We’ve shared many laughs, many tears, good times and difficult times. Through it all – Karolyn’s positive energy, charitable spirit, super fun nature, and a million other admirable qualities – have been a blessing in my life. She’s a rock star. She has been a single mom for the past four years, demonstrating her undeniable strength in cultivating a good life even through the heavy challenges that come from divorce.
You can imagine the joy I’ve experienced as a friend, seeing Karolyn fall in love. Ryan is her main squeeze, the love of her life, and someone I know absolutely adores her in every way. And so that automatically makes him one of my favorite people now. Plus – we think he’s a pretty great guy.
Say hello to Karolyn and Ryan. On May 10th, they will be married and ready to embark on a new journey with their families. All of us who know them are bursting with excitement about this.
I have to share with you how Ryan asked Karolyn to marry him. This is 100% his idea, which is worth noting because some of you might think I had a hand in this. No way. He totally thought it through – start to finish. I was simply a listening ear and he asked for my opinions a couple of times. It was so fun for me to know all about this before Karolyn had a clue.
So this is how it went down. Ryan put together a Project Life® Mini Album called “A Bucket List with my Favorite Person.” All he needed was the Mini Album. He came up with designing all of his custom cards. For Valentine’s Day, he gave her the gift of a hot air balloon ride. As they were high up in the air, he presented her with this romantic (and also humorous at times) book of memories … all of their “firsts” and the memories associated with them.
First date, first kiss, first time having all of their kids together, first fight, first Thanksgiving, and on and on. He had a date and a picture associated with every memory. He included screen shots of text conversations. He included favorite quotes that are particularly meaningful to them. He included inside jokes. It’s all there – in this little book.
At the end of the album, the question was right there on the last page … and he was right there, getting on his knee inside a hot air balloon way up in the air. Karolyn was so wrapped up in the album that she simply didn’t see it coming.
And she said YES.
Seriously – how great is this? Ryan scored major points for his thoughtfulness and creativity – not only with Karolyn but with all of us friends, Karolyn’s daughter Sadie who was particularly impressed and can’t believe he proposed with a scrapbook – how cool is that!? – but I’m guessing also probably many of you now. ; )