This week makes an entire year since Trent proposed and I answered the easiest question I’ve ever been asked. I’ve told the story multiple times but never written it out. Hopefully anyone who stumbles across this might find some enjoyment but this is probably more for me than for you.
My two other sisters had just previously gotten engaged and my twin sister was just a couple weeks away from getting married. Trent and I had talked about getting married and I was hoping he would propose but I thought it would probably be after Emma’s wedding just to let things settle down a bit.
The week leading up to Friday, February 19th, was so busy, especially for Trent. He was helping his Dad up at the farm as well as doing lots of homework, or so he said. In reality he was up at the farm with his brother multiple days in a row making sure everything was going to be perfect. He asked me to go on a group date with some of his mission buddies on Friday night and Emma had a wedding shower that same night. I asked my parents if I could leave a tad early from the shower to go on this group date and they said yes but still made me feel somewhat guilty…those little stinkers, they were in on the whole thing.
Friday night came and it felt like I hadn’t seen Trent in FOREVER. I just wanted to chat his ear off. The shower was fun and then right before we were going to leave, the group date was cancelled. Trent suggested we go ice skating instead. We drove downtown and as we were chatting, a random number called Trent. He asked me if I thought he should answer it and I thought he should. It ended up being his brother who had apparently dropped his phone up at Cascade Springs, this beautiful nature reserve up in Midway. He was going to be at a work meeting till late and he asked if we would be willing to go and get it. Trent was a little tentative, he’s an incredibly good actor, but I assured him that it would be a fun adventure! Trent and I are always up for those late night adventures and he knew that. I set myself up perfectly for the entire thing!
We quickly stopped by his house to grab some warmer clothes and then we took off to the farm. I texted my dad to tell him we were going to be late that night and he just told us to be safe and text him when I got home. Little did I know that the minute I had left the wedding shower the family had jumped into action and they were already halfway up to the farm to get into place. My family and Trent’s family rode up to Cascades Springs in a great big caravan of snowmobiles. My little sister, Hope, always comments that it was so cool and they felt like they were in an action movie of some sort driving up in the night.
Trent and I made it up to the farm and we took off up to Cascades Springs which is about a 15-20 minute ride. The night could not have been more perfect. There was a full moon, the sky was perfectly clear and it wasn’t too cold either. As we were driving we passed a couple snowmobiles on the side of the road that Trent commented must have come from earlier that day. False. It was actually our family driving up before us whose snowmobiles had over heated…I had no clue. As we arrived at Cascades I saw some lights in the back and Trent said they were just cabins back there. We got off of the snowmobile and started walking through the springs looking for the phone. As we got closer to the top where a little bridge is, I started noticing individual lights. My heart stopped and I think all I could say was, “Are you serious?” He eventually got me up on the bridge and knelt down and asked me to marry him. I of course said, “YES!” Right after that, fireworks erupted in the sky. Fireworks!!! I was dying! Then both our families came out of hiding to congratulate us and we went down to the farm for hot chocolate and cinnamon rolls. It was the sweetest, most unforgettable night and I’m so grateful for Trent making it such a surprise. I had no idea! I was so glad that both our families got to be a part of such a sweet experience. We all just talked and laughed about both sides of the story. I loved hearing every little detail and it turned out to be quite an adventurous night for all of us!
To make things even more unforgettable, Trent, his brother and I had to go rescue one of the overheated snowmobiles after all the festivities. I think I ended up getting home around 4 A.M. That’s okay…I couldn’t have fallen asleep anyway. 😉