“Meeting you was not the first day of the rest of my life; it was the first day of the BEST of my life.” – Steve Maraboli
I first met Austin during my Freshman year of High School. He was a Junior and I was a Freshman. It was at the first dance of the school year where we had our first conversation – Austin: “Do you want to dance?” Mary: “Umm ummm.” Austin: “OK Bye.” 3 years passed before we spoke again. On a June summer night in 2007, Austin and I got ice cream together and from that day forward, our amazing, adventurous relationship took place.
Each year brought new adventures, growing passion, and deeper love. “As with any journey, the person you travel with can be more important than your destination.”
It was on a family trip to June Lake that Austin (finally) proposed! After a long 6 hour car ride to June Lake and unpacking the car, Austin, Sister, Parker and I decided to climb on the rocks to stretch our legs. Within 5 minutes of hiking, Austin and I stopped at a gorgeous spot overlooking the lake. Austin hugged me and told me he loved me. I noticed Austin reach for something in his pocket as I started to walk away. I commented “oh that’s funny,” thinking he was pulling a prank, pretending to fake propose. But this time Austin actually had a small box, he opened it and inside was the most beautiful antique diamond ring. It took me quite a while to actually figure out what was happening. According to Austin, my face just went blank. Finally Austin asked “So did you say yes?” Apparently, I was just making all sorts of sound effects like ooo, ahhh, eeek, and was too joyfully overwhelmed to say yes. Everything finally clicked, I said YES and of course burst into tears. Krysten and Parker had no idea what was happening. They looked back when we didn’t follow them hiking and saw Austin on his knee. They captured the moment perfectly! When we got back to the cabin mom and dad had champagne and a “Just Engaged” sign already hung. That night was an exciting and happy night of celebration. AK and MK forever and ever.
Love always, Mary