engagement

On December 14, 2015 we drove out to Jefferson, Oregon so that I could begin my kindergarten classroom observations for school. After two long hours in the classroom for me, and two long hours sitting in the car working on schoolwork with Tatiana (my service pup in training) for Mike, we headed out for a hike at Henline Falls. On our drive there we hit completely unexpected snow. I kept saying we should probably not go any farther and just hike out into the forest wherever we could find a parking spot, but he was insistent on getting to the trailhead. After some very cautious driving and a lot of stopping to get out and walk down the road to make sure we could make the next leg, we finally got close enough to the trailhead to park the car. We got out of the car and approached the trialhead to find signs saying the trail was closed due to recent wildfires in the area causing landslide risks and fallen trees. He suggested we venture out on the trail until it kept us from going any further and I reluctantly agreed. The snow got deeper as we went and the path was getting difficult to follow and I attempted to convince him we should turn around multiple times. He kept pushing us forward and I was beginning to get frustrated. Once we were about an eighth of a mile out the trail became very narrow with a steep drop down the cliff. He went ahead of us which forced Tat and I to keep going and we finally made it to the waterfall. He got the GoPro out to take some pictures and I reluctantly went along with it. He set the GoPro up on the ground to take a shot of the three of us in front of the waterfall and switched it to video. I believe my exact words were, "Why are you taking a stupid video?" and his response was "I want a video of what's about to happen." And that's when I knew. Lots of tears and weird squealing noises ensued, and there you have it! Neither of us remember a single thing he said but I'm sure it was super mushy and romantic. I was too busy looking at the ring (which is seriously the best ring I've ever seen in my life and I'm not just saying that). We headed back to the car and left quickly in order to get back into service to share the news! We stopped at a little cafe on the side of the road that advertised free wifi and sat there for an hour telling all our friends and family. The wedding date is set for summer of 2017, so we are taking our time with wedding planning and enjoying every second of our engagement!

-Jen