When Nathan Proposed

Friday, February 08, 2013

The Proposal Story

From Nathan's Perspective:

This proposal was not an easy task to accomplish. In order for me to be able to pull off the “perfect proposal” I had to overcome several obstacles, with the most significant being the distance between myself and the girl that I was proposing to. I knew I wanted it to be a surprise and I knew it was important for her to share this special moment with her family and closest friends, but neither of those things would be easy to arrange from afar (I was in Champaign, she was in Fort Worth, and her family was in Kansas City). Somehow, by the grace of God, I was able to arrange for everyone to meet in Fort Worth on Friday, February 8th

Morgan's friends graciously supported me in the planning process and made it very easy for me to rely on them to find and set up the perfect place to pop the question.  They found, tucked away in the corner of an old stone church on TCU's campus, a cozy patio overlooking Fort Worth. Because I was flying in and would be on the plane for a few hours without phone service, I told Morgan that I was tied up for the day with several football meetings and workouts to tend to, that way she wouldn't get suspicious.  I arrived in Texas mid-afternoon and met up with her family at the airport.  During the drive from the airport to campus, Morgan called me to explain that she and her friends were having a girls night out and were going to downtown Dallas that night.  Remaining secretive, I encouraged her in her plans and told her to enjoy the night.  Little did she know, she was in for a night far more exciting than a Dallas hangout.

I quickly realized after the Miller's dropped me off at the church that her friends had created the setting for Morgan's "dream proposal." It was incredible and it looked far more beautiful than anything I could have dreamt up myself. Candles lined the brick path leading up to the patio with rose petals sprinkled throughout. Lights, lace, burlap, and flowers covered the trees surrounding the patio benches. The whole scene looked like it had been stolen from a magazine. (Strong advice to the men planning a proposal in the near future, get help from her close friends. They know much more about romance than you do)

As I sat and waited for her to arrive, I spent some time thanking God for bringing me to a place like this in my life.  It wasn't long before I heard a car pull up and doors slam shut.  When I heard Morgan’s voice from around the corner I felt myself fill up with excitement and butterflies.  She walked toward me and the surprise on her face was exactly what I had hoped for.  After a blur of sweet/romantic words (that neither of us can remember to this day) I got down on one knee and asked her to marry me.  Without hesitation she said YES!  I am still trying to decide whether she answered so quickly because she had been eagerly awaiting this day OR if she just couldn't wait another minute without the ring on her finger.… Either way it was the answer I wanted to hear.  We then sat down together to read a few of our favorite verses pertaining to marriage. A couple of these include:

"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to Himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any blemish, but holy and blameless."

Ephesians 5:25- 27

"In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church — for we are members of His body. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. This is a profound mystery-but I am talking about christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband."

Ephesians 5:28-33

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

After we finished our time together, her friends came out and celebrated the special moment with us. Following the proposal we went to one of her favorite restaurants in Fort Worth. She was a little disappointed that her parents weren’t there to celebrate with us in that moment and tried hard not to show her frustrations when the entire family ignored her "big news" phone calls. Little did she know they were already at the restaurant gathering, waiting for her to show up and were unable to answer their phones without giving away the final surprise. Once she saw her parents and sisters walking towareds her she turned to me and said that I had given her the proposal of her dreams. I guess you could say it was a success!


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