It happened over Thanksgiving weekend on Saturday morning. Our original family (mom and dad and the four girls) scrunched into my parents car and drove the distance to Hocking Hills, Ohio. It was a damp and overcast day, but we were all excited, even Victoria, who though she was completely oblivious to the true plan loves hiking so much the weather didn't phase her (I remind myself that she is studying to be a geologist).
Just to fill in some of the details, Dan had written out an in-depth plan and sent it to us over email. The only negative was that at our destination, the internet was spotty at best and so following the plan proved to be difficult. Thankfully Dan and his friend were on the lookout and worked with what we gave them, which was basically nothing ...
The plan was to walk a certain trail and find "the spot" that Dan had picked out previously. Then we were to encourage a solitary Victoria towards said spot for a picture. Once she was in place we were supposed to call out a specific phrase letting Dan know he should step out and ambush/propose to her. Golly was that spot hard to find and the warning call, forget about it! We were all sorts of confused and uncertain, but it somehow worked out anyway! Thank goodness, none of us wanted a botched proposal on our hands!!
He stepped out and I started snapping as he got to one knee and said beautiful sweet things all while an extremely confused Victoria kept looking at us and couldn't quite wrap her mind around what was happening. He had to ask her twice before everything clicked. To her defense he had shaved his beard, told her he was extremely ill, couldn't text, and then all of a sudden stood in front of her! So awesome the things people do for a good surprise!
Of course she said yes and after all the hugging and congratulations we went off to shot a couple of pictures. Once those were out of the way we headed back to the car and everyone (Dan's parents included) made their way back to my parents house to enjoy some amazing pancakes, conversation (when the story was repeated millions of times, as it should be) and then dinner. Such a good day and so many fun memories that I'm sure Dan and Vic will remember for a long time to come!!
Congratulations you too!