Happy Engagement Day!

6 years ago today my hubby proposed to me.

Where has the time gone?

I knew it was coming, but didn’t know it was this day, nor did I know the extent of his plans.

I knew he had spoken with my parents, which was my wish. I also knew we had discussed some ideas of wedding plans, what I wanted my ring to look like, and future plans.

I also had told him that I didn’t want any attention when we got engaged. No restaurants, no surprises out of a cake, no wait staff and crowd cheering, no big scenic view.

But, 3/3/05 was a day I’ll never forget.

I was teaching 2nd grade over at St. Dom’s. We were heading on a field trip to the Scitech museum so I was excited for a dress down day. Jeans and a long sleeve tshirt!

He mentioned to me the night before that I should maybe bring some nice clothes with me to work…

WHAT? Doesn’t he know dress down days don’t come too often for a teacher?

I didn’t pay any attention to his nonsense talk.

We return from the field trip and the principal comes down with a business size envelope. She tells me…don’t open this until 6pm when you are done working extended day today.

What did I immediately think? Something to do with rehiring me for the next year.

I shoved it in my bag…and went on with getting the kids ready for the end of the day.

5:55 rolls around and as we are waiting for the last child to be picked up, I tell the other lady who was working extended day with me about the letter.

She encouraged me to open it. I did. Inside we found a beautifully designed invitation for dinner at Mush (my hubby)’s apartment.

I get to his place and our friend Louis comes out to get me. He escorted me in his suit up to Mush’s apartment. My heart is racing and I’m not sure what’s going on.

We get up there, and he immediately takes my jacket. They close my eyes, and bring me into the living room. My eyes open and I see his living room transformed into a beautiful restaurant for 2.

He used piping and drapery to make the black walls and then had a table for two set…well here look at the pic:

He had hired a chef to come in (which was why I couldn’t see what was going on in the kitchen) and prepare us a vegetarian 5 course meal. Don’t ask me what everything was…I was too nervous. I just remember it was OUTSTANDING.

Then after dinner, the server (another person he hired) came in and brought a plate full of beautiful chocolate covered strawberries and champagne.

It was quiet and we were alone. He got down on his knee…said many wonderful things to me…and asked me to marry him.

I said yes…and then had an asthma attack. He had to get my inhaler out of my purse! What a scene….

But, let me tell you…this was the beginning of a wonderful ride. I love him with all of my heart, and there is no one in the world better fit for me.

About Katie Choudhary
Joyful Catholic wife and mom. Former teacher and former college athlete. Baptism Prep, Momnipotent, and Guardians and Angels group facilitator, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd directress at the Cathedral of Saint Raymond in Joliet, Illinois. MEd in Educational Leadership with a Type 75 certification.

One Response to Happy Engagement Day!

  1. ellebee says:

    What an awesome story, Kate! I can’t believe I hadn’t heard it before now. Such a romantic, that man of yours. 🙂

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