The Proposal: Part Five

As I sat in the car, I felt tingly and nervous. Where were we going? What was going to happen next?

And then I remembered that I had another envelope!

Are you relaxed? Do you feel gorgeous? Well I'm sure you are whether you feel it or not.

Your next stop is the Umstead Hotel and Spa where we will be having dinner and staying the night. You can read more about the hotel, spa, and restaurant on the enclosed printout.

Make a quick stop at home to drop your Mom off (she's going to watch Lucy) and grab your bags. We have full access to the spa, so be sure you packed a swimsuit.

You should arrive at the hotel around 5 pm. Dinner is at 6:30.

See you soon, baby!

Carolina Man
  I'd heard of the Umstead before. It's one of maybe two five-star hotels in NC, and it's only about 20 minutes away from our house. Of course, as we were driving, 20 minutes seemed to go on forever and ever.
Finally, when we arrived, I said good-bye to our driver ("You look beautiful," he said) and walked into the hotel lobby.

Carolina Man walked in looking awesome in his sport coat. He said, "Why don't I show you the grounds?" We started walking toward the elevator when he said, "Oh, wait" and walked me back to the lobby. "This is the front desk," he said. To which I responded, "Seriously? I have on four inch heels!"

We took the elevator down one level and walked outside to this gorgeous green space with a fountain and trees all behind it. And that was when I noticed how weird CM was acting. I kind of knew this was going to be the moment I'd been waiting for.

He took my hands and told me how much he loves me and why--he loved how smart, articulate, and caring I am. He even said he loves how I am with Lucy! And then he said, "It is without hesitation" (*got down on one knee*) "that I ask if you'll marry me." (Or something like that. It's one of those moments that's so overwhelming it's hard to remember it perfectly.) Of course, I said yes, with tears in my eyes. And then my next comment was "That ring is beautiful!"

And it was. It is. I couldn't have picked out anything more beautiful.

After some tears and some kisses, we turned around and I saw that he'd had someone snapping photos the whole time! That's how we have this one.

Then it was time to celebrate!


  1. I'm imagining the collective "SQUEEEEE!!" from everyone following this blog. I love the internet. This whole series of posts made me feel like I was at a wonderful girlfriend lunch. And it'll also be really nice for a scrapbook someday. How did you & CM meet again? What was your first impression? When did you know you were falling for him?

  2. Awww that's awesome, and from what I see in this picture you did look beautiful! The setting is magnificent. Just beautiful! Congratulations, I am so happy to see you here and how much happier you are! I started reading your blog when whole bunch of stuff with the SCL drama and look at you now! Congratulations to you and Carolina Man! :)

  3. I wish I had the words to say how happy I am for you. I remember when I first started reading your blog and everything you've gone through and I always hoped you'd get exactly what you deserve... and now you have. I am THRILLED for you, you deserve this happiness!

  4. Wow. Just wow.
    This is so freakin beautiful!
    And I remember reading about the time you were so sad about your ex SCL(?).
    Congratulations :D
    Im so happy for you.

  5. Congratulations!!!! :) Definitely time to celebrate.
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  6. That engagement story is just perfect. So excited for you!

  7. This is the most romantic thing ever! I think it may be my favorite proposal story! I have followed you for a long time, through your past heartbreak, and I know you are so deserving of this happiness! CM sounds so amazing and your happiness is just jumping off the computer screen. A huge congratulations to you both!!! And the ring!!! Stunning! Well done, CM!!!