I just want to start off by saying a big THANK YOU to everyone who helped make December 8th an amazing day!!!!!
This is the story of out engagement!! (sorry I am so late!)
As many of you know, I was so ready to get engaged to Jordan. I talked about it ALL the time! (I apologize to those of you who have known about this for a while, I am sure I drove you crazy!) But, Jordan and I knew that we wanted to marry each other, it was just a matter of time.
My family had planned a girls (plus Dad and Ryder) shopping trip to Chicago a long time ago for the weekend of December 7-9. I was so excited to spend the whole weekend with my sisters, mom, dad and nephew, and of course go Christmas shopping! Jordan was supposed to be working at the hospital that weekend, so I was thinking there was NO CHANCE he would be surprising me in Chicago (of course I thought about it happening, I am a girl, who wanted to get engaged). But I had completely convinced myself it wasn't going to be happening because Jordan was "working." Friday and Saturday were spent in and out of store, lugging out bags around and looking for the next best deal. When we had finished all our shopping, it was time to go back to the hotel and get ready to go to the Pier. We all put on our really cute outfits (thanks to my sisters, mom and Dana for making me pack the outfit that I did) and caught a cab to the Pier.
Before leaving (around 3:00 Central) I had texted Jordan asking if he was off work yet (he was supposed to be working frmo 8-4 EST). He told me no, not yet, but because of the weekend he would probably be getting off late. So, when we arrived at the Pier I tried to call him because he HAD to be off work by then, but he didnt asnswer, twice. Then I sent him a sassy text message because I wanted to talk to him since he had been at work all day, but he didn't answer (I am totally ok that he didn't answer now).
As my mom, sister-in-laws and I made our way through the Pier (I think it took us at least 15 minutes to make it all the way through), they all knew what was about to happen next. Me? I was still completely clueless. I thought we were going to meet my dad and Ryder at this Christmas tree to take some pictures and let Ryder play around a little. So, we finally make it to the room where my dad and Ryder were waiting, and all of a sudden Veronica starts running toward Ryder, but she turned around and started taking pictures of me, which I thought was weird, but still wasnt catching on. I was thinking "oh how sweet! She hasnt seen her son all day! I am going to take pictures of this." Not paying any attention to who is standing 8 feet away from me, Meg told me to give her my camera and to go get in a picture with my family. As I started to walk towards my dad, it was then, in the corner of my eye that I saw the most handsome man standing there with his suit and tie on. Immediately, I knew why he was there but all I wanted to do was hug him and kiss him!
I didn't want to let him talk! I was so excited he was there I didn't want to let go of his neck! But, I knew exactly why he was there, so I took a step back and thought to myself "try to remember everything he says to you, this is important!" And thankfully Jordan didn't say a lot, but what he did say will stick with me forever. He looked me in the eye and said " I love you so much Daly, and I want to glorify God with our marriage." Then came the moment I have been waiting for for a long time, he got down on one knee and pulled out the most beautiful ring I have ever seen. I immediately grabbed his face, gave him a big kiss and the longest hug (not even thinking he hadn't put the ring on my finger yet.) So, he took the ring out of th box and slipped it on my finger! It was perfect, everything about those 15 minutes was absolutely perfect. After giving him a few more kisses, we looked over at my family celebrated, took pictures and smiled ( a WHOLE LOT).