Short version:

This past weekend (Saturday November 5th for those keeping score) I asked Bethany to marry me. She said yes. No date has been set but I will post about if here as soon as we have one (with all appropriate registry details and links of course).

Long version:

This past Saturday, Bethany and I had a couple of parties to go to in the evening. The first being a wedding reception and the second being a birthday party. We were at the wedding reception and we were talking about something (I can’t remember what) but the subject of proposals came up. Bethany reminded me, which she has done frequently for a while now as patience is not one of her stronger traits, that I had not yet asked her to marry me. I explained that, while that was true, I certainly would not do so at someone else’s wedding reception because that would be tacky and steal the spotlight away from the people we were there to celebrate. Bethany wholeheartedly agreed and the subject was dropped.

We left the reception party not too long after and continued to the birthday party. After arriving, while putting our coats on the bed in the bedroom as directed by the host, I casually mentioned to Bethany…

“While it would have been tacky for me to propose at the last party it would not be tacky here since this is not a wedding reception”

“You’re right.” she said “It would be O.K. to ask here.”

With this she turned to walk into the party. I then took the ring box out of my pocket and…

“Honey, wait. I am serious.”

She turned around and there I was holding the box, open now, with ring enclosed.

“Oh my god!” She exclaimed. She stood there, hands over mouth in a state of shock for several seconds.

“Well?” I asked.

“Well, you have not actually asked me yet!” rule-bound Bethany said, half jokingly.

“Will you marry me? I have already spent every day of the last year telling you how I feel and how much you mean to me. I don’t know what more I can say.” I returned.

“Yes, of course I’ll marry you.”

So, there you have it. I am officially engaged to Bethany Gladhill, the smartest, sweetest most beautiful human being I have ever been blessed with having in my life. She is my best friend and the only person I have ever been with that I never tire of. She means the world to me and I can’t wait to spend every day of the rest of my life letting her know exactly that in every possible way.