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Christmas Eve Part I
M and I drove to Chicago on the 23rd, to spend Christmas with my family. We arrived, had some lunch, then immediately grabbed my niece and nephew to do some traditional Spoiling of the Children.

The next day, Christmas Eve, we walked from our hotel to my mom's house for breakfast. We then went hermit crab-shopping, which will be the subject of another story. After the crabaganza, I hunted around in the fridge for some lunch. I found some bagel bites, and heated them up for M and I to share.

There were only nine bagel bites, a rather paltry meal, but we were going to have a big dinner after the children's Christmas pageant at church. M ate five, then proclaimed himself stuffed. "I think I'll go for a walk to work off lunch," he said. "Are you interested?"

I shrugged. Full after five bagel bites? Yeah right.... He probably just wanted to get away from the family for awhile. But that was no problem, I could understand the desire for some alone time.

We left the house to discover a light freezing rain, a gray sky, and some wind. Fortunately we were both dressed for winter. He asked me, "Isn't the lake nearby? Want to go there?"

"It's pretty close," I said. "But I should warn you that the closer we get to the water, the colder and windier it will get."

"That's all right," he said, "I have a hood."

Okay, I always enjoy the lakefront view. I pulled my wool cap on tighter, and we headed toward the lake.

It did indeed get windier, and I had to hold my hand on my head several times to keep my hat from blowing away. The freezing rain stung our cheeks, and we tucked our heads down into the wind. Across a street, through a small park, across another street, through a larger park (where we tromped through a combination of snow, slush, and puddles that challenged the waterproofness of our boots), then over a bridge -- and we were at Lake Michigan.

It was hard to believe it was just a lake, with the whitecaps crashing on the shore. We picked our way across the partly-frozen sand to get closer to the water. The sky was steel gray, the sleet still minor, and we had the beach to ourselves. It was beautiful. I pulled out my cameraphone and took his picture, then I had him take mine was well.

After the photo-taking, we stood side-by-side and looked at the water. "Does your rule still apply for lakes?" he asked me. "Do you have to get your feet wet?"

"No, only for oceans. I'm relieved, since that looks awfully cold. However I do feel that if I go all the way to an ocean shore, I'm obligated to dip my toe in it."

I shivered, and he stood behind me and rubbed warmth into my arms. "Are you happy," he asked. I nodded. "Are you really happy?"

I turned around and smiled at him. "Yes, I really am."

"Are you happy enough to be my wife?" He pulled out a box with something shiny, and got down on one knee. "Karen, will you marry me?"

I was stunned. This was completely unexpected. I pulled off my hat to look at him more easily and fumbled for words. "Awww... yeah... yes. Yes!"

Then I think we just started babbling at one another. I'm not sure what either of us said. I was worried that the knee of his jeans was getting wet, and I wasn't sure how to make him stand up again. I held his face in my hands, there was kissing and hugging and stuff, and babbling that is all very fuzzy in my head.

Eventually he stood up and put the ring on my finger. It's beautiful. I was thrilled. He took a photo of me, then we attempted to take a photo with both of us in it. A very cold jogger went by, and we interrupted his run to ask him to take a photo of us.

Eventually my hands were freezing, and we were wet, and it was time to head back to my mom's house. I reluctantly put my gloves on over my lovely new ring and we walked home to share the news. It's been a wonderful holiday!

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cynnerth From: cynnerth Date: December 27th, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
From: nicegeek Date: December 27th, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Alright! Congrats to you both!! :-)
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: December 27th, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
damn you, i'm all teary-eyed, again!

congratulations, chicka! so very happy for both of you!

swerve From: swerve Date: December 27th, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow! Congratulations!
kivrin From: kivrin Date: December 27th, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
awww! oh! congratulations! You both look radiant.
johnridley From: johnridley Date: December 27th, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
duane_kc From: duane_kc Date: December 27th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

jydog1 From: jydog1 Date: December 27th, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's awesome. Congrats!
radiantsoul From: radiantsoul Date: December 27th, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations. Normally I see these things coming, but not this time.

Enjoy the wedding planning!
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fuzzyjelly From: fuzzyjelly Date: December 27th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love surprise proposals! Congratulations!
dagibbs From: dagibbs Date: December 27th, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Again, conratulations. You look cold, but blissfully happy.
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From: bloggingchick Date: December 27th, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is so awesome! Congratulations! *is choked up*

(Beautiful ring)

specialagentm From: specialagentm Date: December 27th, 2009 11:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's exactly how it should be. Perfect and beautiful and meant to be.

Congratulations. You deserve every bit of wonderful happiness in the life to come.
tammylc From: tammylc Date: December 27th, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww. You guys are awesome.
albogdan From: albogdan Date: December 27th, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
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geekjul From: geekjul Date: December 27th, 2009 11:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay!! Congratulations!!
greyyguy From: greyyguy Date: December 28th, 2009 12:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations! That is great!
djinnthespazz From: djinnthespazz Date: December 28th, 2009 12:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay! Your warm faces in that cold landscape tell a beautiful story. Yay!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 5th, 2010 12:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's a good way of putting it. Thanks! (:
estarsign From: estarsign Date: December 28th, 2009 12:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay! Congrats!!!
From: tonycaselli Date: December 28th, 2009 12:50 am (UTC) (Link)
skyflame From: skyflame Date: December 28th, 2009 12:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I look forward to seeing the ring. :)
jebra From: jebra Date: December 28th, 2009 01:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, great . . . now I'm stuck grinning all over again. B-)

It took hours to wipe the last grin off.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 5th, 2010 12:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's okay, I like it when you smile!
annielaurie From: annielaurie Date: December 28th, 2009 01:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Awwww!! Congratulations! It couldn't have happened to a nicer person. M is a lucky, lucky guy. But I am sure he knows that already. And, as sweet as he sounds, you are a pretty darn lucky gal, too.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 5th, 2010 12:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're right. (: Thanks.
firefly_sky From: firefly_sky Date: December 28th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Reading this on your facebook really made my Christmas! I'm so happy for you - you deserve every ounce of this happiness.

renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 5th, 2010 12:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hooray! Thanks.
ms_hecubus From: ms_hecubus Date: December 28th, 2009 03:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations to the both of you!
From: writerwench Date: December 28th, 2009 03:42 am (UTC) (Link)
YEEEEEHAAAAAA! At LAST! Oh, that is SO good to read. And your smiles are glowing right off the screen!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 5th, 2010 12:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much!
delosd From: delosd Date: December 28th, 2009 04:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh WOW! Complete congratulations to both of you! It couldn't happen to a nicer lady, and though I've never met M, the "him" we see in your LJ makes him look like one great guy. (And we certainly know he's a lucky one. :) ) All the best.
kyril From: kyril Date: December 28th, 2009 04:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations! You look very happy together.
devnul From: devnul Date: December 28th, 2009 11:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay Yay Yay Yay Yay!!!!!
Congratuations! I am so incredibly happy for you - this is wonderful!!!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 5th, 2010 12:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! I'm awfully happy for me too. (:
From: zencuppa Date: December 28th, 2009 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
How fabulous!! Congrats to both of you!!
ellalthea From: ellalthea Date: December 28th, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
congratulations! I am so happy!
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renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 5th, 2010 12:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Excellent! Where did you do yours??
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dragonvpm From: dragonvpm Date: December 28th, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
mbumby From: mbumby Date: December 28th, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lovely story. Thanks for posting. (I's sitting here getting weepy... and reading it over again...)
wildseakitten From: wildseakitten Date: December 29th, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
what a beautifully sweet story. :)
xtatic1 From: xtatic1 Date: January 2nd, 2010 12:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations! Lovely proposal and it's to hear you're happy.
simplykimberly From: simplykimberly Date: January 5th, 2010 08:55 am (UTC) (Link)
ok... I already knew, but what he actually said to you - that made me cry! AWwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! I'm SO happy for you guys!!!! In complete contrast to everything Star Wars, I have a very good feeling about this :)
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