At that point, we had never hung out outside of work,we didn't have each others cell phone numbers or personal emails. We barely knew each other really. During the next few months we started to talk more. He took me out to lunch a few times to cheer me up when I was feeling very down. In May of that year I decided to tell him that I was falling for him. I always had liked him, even when dating the other guy (horrible I know). Much to my surprise, Ian did not feel the same way. He very kindly told me all of the reasons why he thought we wouldn't work as a couple. Most of the things he listed were based on the choice I made going out with my former boyfriend, and how I behaved with that guy and other old friends.
I had, however, grown up a lot in those three years, but we decided to just be friends.
We went on a hike in the Bearfort Mountains near his home. It rained the ENTIRE TIME. We made a fire out of pencils and napkins, saw a bear, and a rattlesnake... and I kept my cool the whole time. He said he was proud of me.:) We started going to lunch more and more and after a while he got to know the real me. We began dating August of that year, but we still say the hike was our first date.
When I look up from the book in semi-shock, he's holding this gorgeous wooden ring box (that he MADE... he's crazy!) and inside it says "Marry Me, Fox"... I burst into tears, formed an audible "Yes!!!!", and he puts the ring on my finger. I was shaking so hard I couldn't even breathe!. He was smiling from ear to ear and told me that I could call my parents. I hugged him again and struggled to see my phone through my tears. My mom cried, my dad told me not to lose the ring, and my sister screamed and cried! My friend's mother even cried! We're so blessed to have so many people be so happy for us. Things are so much better when everyone approves! He keeps calling my FutureWife, and FoxWife. I love the sound of that! We've been wedding planning for the past few months and Can't wait to be husband and wife October 2012. :)