6 years ago today, on April Fool’s Day, Matt proposed to me on the beach and he wasn’t joking!
I remember calling my sister to say I thought he was going to propose because he asked me to wear my dress from our first date. It was such a specific request and not a wild conclusion to draw since we had been talking about getting married since a month into dating. So, I put on my navy blue halter dress and tried to remain calm. For once in my life I was determined not to wear my heart on my sleeve in the off chance it was a horrible April Fool’s joke.
Matt told me he had a radio appearance on the beach in Ocean City, MD, about 45 minutes from where he lived. The story, while not true, was a great cover since he had radio appearances on the beach and at local restaurants frequently. But you ladies can probably back me up on this, men aren’t typically detail oriented or remember what we wore the day before let alone 8 months ago, so I knew something was going on.
It was cold and slightly overcast, so we had the beach to ourselves. The sun was setting when Matt took me to the beach across from our church in Ocean City and proposed, but not right awaiting. We walked the beach and collected shells, something I liked to do after church. Matt “found” a shell that was painted a pearl glaze halfway buried in the sand and told me I should pick it up. Still not wanting to give away my excitement, I told him he should pick it up if he liked it so much. Haha!
Matt bent down and handed the shell to me. He was waiting for me to open it up, but he had superglued it shut so the ring wouldn’t fall out and it wouldn’t open as hard as I tried. He had to pry open the shell, which took a comical 20 seconds, but when he did, he got down on one knee and with a tremble in his voice said,
“I forgot all that I wanted to say, but I want you to know I will never leave you. Will you marry me?”
There is deep meaning to all he said and all he didn’t say. I of course said yes. Just 8 months after we started dating we got engaged and 6 months after that, with little money, but great love and faith in each other and in God, we got married. Every moment since has been an incredible adventure we’ve experienced side by side. I’m so thankful he proposed and grateful I had the opportunity to say yes.