Thursday, October 24, 2013

An Engagement

My brother planned a big surprise for October 4th and enlisted his family and his girlfriend's family to help pull it off.
 
For months, he planned a surprise engagement - coordinating 13 people's schedules, booking flights for three of Rebecca's family members, buying decorations, custom designing an engagement ring, and renting out a beautiful home in Tahoe to serve as his backdrop. Every detail was thought out. Every person sworn to secrecy.
 
My brother, husband, mom, dad, and sister drove to Tahoe early to set up the house - moving furniture, hanging twinkle lights, spreading rose petals, and lighting candles.
When everything was set up and ready to go, my brother and hubby went to the airport in Reno (45 minutes away) to pick up Rebecca's sister, brother, and nephew as a surprise.
While they were driving to get her family, I was driving three kids and Rebecca up to Tahoe as SLOWLY as possible. I even drove the wrong way up so that it would take me an extra hour - and stopped twice to use the restrooms to delay the trip. Poor Rebecca probably thought her soon-to-be sister-in-law was certifiably insane, but I didn't want to beat the boys up there from the airport.
When we arrived, I texted everyone and people came quickly and scooped up my kids. After Becca got her stuff out of the car, I told her Connor had a surprise for her and he wanted to perform something for her. She needed to count to 50 and then come inside. Unfortunately, she didn't hear me and stood outside and waited for Connor to come get her - in the cold, shivering. Oops. Finally she walked in, followed the rose petals, and saw my brother down on his knee in front of her.
Afterwards, she said that Connor's surprise was awesome and looked down expecting to see Connor. Only it wasn't Connor at her feet. It was her nephew from Texas. This is the moment she realized it was her nephew!
After realizing her nephew was there, she looked up and saw her sister. And then her brother, who had also flown in from Texas.
She was so GENUINELY surprised and OVERWHELMINGLY happy.
Here is her family from Texas, Becca with her beautiful ring, and my brother:
I am so excited for them, and can't wait to have her as my sister-in-law!

4 comments:

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Aww this is a great story and awesome that it was all caught on camera!!! :)

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um, wow! very sweet story

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Thanks so much Sarah! I think it was so sweet my brother wanted to catch it all on camera!!

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Isn't it ridiculous? Rebecca is a lucky girl to have a soon-to-be husband who wanted to make it so special for her!!

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