he told her to be ready at 5.
she curled her hair, and slipped into her red dress.
she was so looking forward to this date with him.
(he just came home from africa 2 days earlier)

at 5 pm, a knock on her door.  not his car, but a town car was parked in her driveway.  she got very nervous and her mom had to convince her that it was ok...
the driver handed her an envelope that said "Number One."  the envelope contained a note that explained how sorry he was for being gone for 6 weeks in africa, again, and served as the first clue in her scavenger hunt.
number one sent her to the park where she first heard him say "i love you." in the exact spot was a red balloon waiting for her with "Number Two."  there was yet another heartfelt note recalling specific moments of that perfect spring day two years ago, and another clue.
number two sent her to the top of the parking garage, where they had their very awkward first kiss.  there she found two red balloons and "Number Three" attached.
so far, each note has made her heart race, and eyes well up.  she keeps hoping he will come out from his hiding spot because she just wants to be with him.
by now, she is thinking "this is the best apology. i don't know how he will top this when he proposes"
 "Number Three" sent her to the school campus where they met, and their relationship grew from friends to best friends, to soul mates.  three red balloons were in the spot where he first saw her during their first semester. (she didn't see him)
she still thinks it is the best apology to date, and is getting very anxious to see him and kiss him.
"Number Four" made her burst into tears.  the emotions, details, and love that he put into these letters is overwhelming, and she just. can't. handle. it.
she got instructions to call him, and go to the place where they had their first date (also their favorite resturant.)
he stood waiting as the car pulled up.  they hugged, kissed, and grinned until their faces hurt.  he asked her to go on a walk because "they were early for their reservation."
they walked, and talked, she just chattered mostly, because he was nervous and had a dry mouth.

she had to pee and was getting restless sitting on a bench for so long "talking." she was relieved when he finally said it was time for their dinner reservations.
but before she could get very far, he stopped her. 
he told her how much he loved her and reiterated the things he said in the notes from her scavenger hunt. Then he started talking about how ready he was to marry her. Her heart starting beating louder and louder to the point where she couldn't hear him anymore. 

he was on one knee. saying something. Is this it? Did she just hear "clancy, will you marry me?"

she cried. and replied with "of course!"  and cried some more. (she should have worn waterproof mascara!!)

They embraced and walked up the hill. at the top, she saw the photographers that had been following her the whole evening. And she cried more. 

since that wasn't already more than she could handle in one day, he asked her to turn around. And there were their parents, walking with huge grins and glistening eyes. She ran with arms open to her mom, kissed her daddy, and excitedly greeted her future mother and father-in-law the whole time fighting more tears, and showing off that new ring of hers.

The six of them walked into their favorite restaurant for a celebratory dinner.

And so started a lifetime of celebration for her and her lover. They now anxiously plan their wedding day as they dream about what the rest of their lives will look like together. 



...liebster blog award!  yup, its an award that goes to little blogs like mine with less than 200 followers as a way of getting to know each other a little more and getting our names out there.  heck, i could be eligible for the the blog award for blogs with less than 5 followers... if there was such a thing.

thanks m, for nominating me. i can't nominate her, but you should still go check out her blog!

ok, the way it works... the nominator asks 5 questions, and the nominee(meee) answers them along with 5 random facts about herself.  I then nominate 5 other lucky-duck blogs and ask my own 5 questions.  and the cycle continues... so for the fun part:

+ why did you decide to start a blog? (i know it is a repeated question but i think it is interesting to hear how people decide to start their blogs) 
i first started a blog when i traveled to India with my friend, and wanted a way for friends and family to hear about my trip, and to document the stories for myself.  then my blog just sat for a while. i was that creeper blog reader who didn't comment, and didn't post, and decided that needed to change. so there.

+  if you could be one disney character for a day, which would you be and why? (you know you've thought about it)  
well to be honest, i haven't thought about that much lately.  but i can tell you i always wanted to be pochahontas.  because i mean, who wouldn't want to swan dive off of an enormous waterfall and not die?!

+ craziest thing you have ever done. if you had a partner in crime, who was it?
well. i've done lots of crazy things. i'm talkin, looooots. because, what fun is life if you're not a little crazy sometimes?! my partner in crime is usually my friend lauren, or my mom. my mom is a crazy lady. (probably where i get it!)

guilty pleasure? 
sleeping in. watching tv and not getting up(for anything). lounging on a beach alllll day. need i keep going?  basically, my guilty pleasures include doing absolutely nothing. and it's the best if it includes being home.

+ what are your top three favorite blogs to read?
ummm. i love so many.  only 3?  this is difficult! ok, 1 2 3!
i love emily's blog, because she is organized, and so creative.  I've made SO many of her recipes, they're simple, but oh so yummy!
ruthie is the sweetest, most honest little wife, and i so appreciate the way she lives her life with so much love for those around her.
casey has the cutest little family, and her raw emotion is so beautiful.  i can't stop reading.
*go visit these ladies, you'll fall in love*


+ i can't sleep without a fan on.  even in the winter.
+ eggplant gives me heartburn.
+ i love road trips.
+ i never went to a high school dance.
+ i can't function without at least one cup of coffee in the morning.


(some of these ladies just hit 200, but i still love their blogs, and thought this could be a little celebration for them of their achievement!)

questions for my nominees.
+ who inspires you?
+ what 5 items would you take to a deserted island, and why? 
+what are 5 things on your bucket list that you have yet to do?
+what was a highlight of your childhood/favorite memory?
+where is your favorite place to be?

don't forget 5 random things about yourself, and to leave me a comment so i know when you post!  looking forward to reading your answers :)


he's home. he's home. he's hoooommmmeeeeee!

“He's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” ― Emily Brontë



Boyfriend is en route from ghana to dubai to new york, and fiiinally home on baltimore! but i've got this thing, when anyone i love is flying, especially internationally, (especially when its boyfriend who has neen gone for 6weeks!) i'm a nervous, fidgety, excited ball of nerves. But mostly i worry. my mind takes off with every possible worst case scenario, and thats all i can think about until i know for sure my loved one is home safely. its awfully tiring when the said traveling takes 27 hours!
i must stop worrying and trust God that he is in control and, if it's his will, he will deliver whom ever it is home safely.