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The Engagement Story From Andy's Perspective

Our engagement process started long before our engagement date of August 29 th . Along with a few ring shopping excursions in Minnesota we went to a custom design ring shop in Texas and I got many more ideas and input from Amy. I decided that I wanted to get Amy's ring custom designed so that it would be as unique and special to her as she is to me. As soon as I came home from Texas I designed a ring and had it made. Since I left Texas, Amy and I were planning a trip to the boundary waters since she was in Texas for survival training she said she could handle it. When she returned we took a trip to the north shore. I was not totally sure how everything was going to take place, but I did have a ring box made up that said,” A special gift for your from Split Rock Light House.” We stopped and went camping at Split Rock State Park the first night and some of our friends met us and spent the evening with us. Earlier that day we had gone to the gift shop at Split Rock and Amy went to use the bathroom she came out she saw me checking out at the cash register from a distance away. She came and asked me what I got and I told her I got something for her and I would give it to her later. She asked if she could have her gift when we were walking that day, that night by the fire, and when we started out the next day, but I always said that I would give it to her later. That day we went to the boundary waters and entered at Round Lake, we rented a canoe from Tuskaurora outfitters. When we got our canoe and map I asked about a waterfalls and he showed me where one was. We left and set out on Amy's first experience in the serene beauty of the BWCAW.

We paddled across the first lake and Amy insisted on carrying the canoe across the first portage, so I let hr. She did a great job!! We went through a few more lakes and came to the one where the falls were. As we paddled through the lake I picked Lily-pad flowers and when we got to the falls I gave her those along with others I picked along the portages. We sat and had lunch in the middle of the cascading falls and when we got all done she said that we needed dessert. I asked her if she wanted dessert or if she wanted her present first. She decided to have the gift first so I pulled it out and gave it to her. Just about when she was about to open it she changed the way she was sitting and got a cramp in her leg, this worked out perfectly because that gave me the opportunity to get in front of her. About ten minutes later she forgot about the gift and said, ok I am ready for dessert. I said, “Ok, or do you want to open the gift first. And she definitely wanted to open the gift first. I handed it to her again and she started to open it. When she got through the cotton and started to see that it was something shiny (she thought it was a charm or something like that from the light house) I got down as far as I could without kneeling in the water and asked her if she would marry me. After a little while after she stopped crying and laughing she said yes!! Perfect, a totally unexpected surprise!!! She had no idea. We spent the rest of the day talking about our plans, our marriage and had a wonderful rest of the day despite paddling back half way in the rain. We have not stopped talking about the wedding since!!