The *Real* Christmas Surprise

Welcome back, everyone! I hope you all had at least half as wonderful of a Christmas that I did.

Last week, I shared our Chocolate Christmas Surprise with you all. Dont' get me wrong, this stuff always ends up tasty, but little did I know when I was making this candy mash up that I'd be getting a surprise for Christmas that is WWWWAAAAAAYYYY better than Cheerios covered in chocolate.

If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or even on Pinterest you may already know the news, but in case you're not as obsessed with the Internet as I am, here it is....

Eric and I are engaged!!!! 

You know how the song goes, first comes house, then comes marriage..... or something like that.

But, yes, it was the most incredible, spectacular, wonderful surprise I've ever had in my life. I absolutely had no idea this was coming, and even when it came I still wasn't sure what was going on!

So, here's how it happened: Last Friday morning we were headed up to Eric's hometown to spend Christmas with his family. We woke up early to get the car packed, and also to exchange our presents before hitting the road. Now, Eric had had my gifts wrapped and under the tree for a week, and for the life of me I could not figure out what was in these four odd-sized boxes. We traded turns opening presents, and Eric brought mine over to me, one by one. Two cute prints to put up somewhere in the house and an avocado cuber I'd added on Pinterest. I truly liked these things, and when he brought over the last present, I was curious to see what was in it.

Now, to help you understand the background on my last present: Do you remember when I shared about these two cute S'mores ornaments we bought for the tree this year? Mine had popcorn on it and Eric's was a baseball player. We loved our new, sweet little ornaments!

Well, my last Christmas gift I opened from Eric was this new S'mores ornament.

I was really confused, because this was definitely not our first Christmas together, but then it finally clicked that the characters were a bride and a groom, and, you know, the whole fact that at this point Eric had gotten down on one knee and was asking me to marry him.... after all that, it finally registered with me.

He had told absolutely no one of his plan. He wanted it to be a surprise not only to me, but to everyone else we knew. On top of that, he had no help on choosing the ring, either. I'm definitely not the kind of girl to drop hints about what kind of ring I would like (and I purposely never pinned any rings because I never wanted him to feel pressured), so the fact that he chose such a beautiful ring that's totally unique makes it even more special.

A beautiful round cut encircled with sapphires, and a diamond-lined band.

I don't know anyone else with a ring that looks like mine... I love how different it is! And hey, I already have my "something blue!"

We don't have a date set yet, but we've been doing some thinking and some researching over the weekend. Even though I've been busy looking at all things wedding all over the web, I still feel like it's not real! And although we've been together over three years, I just can't believe we're actually engaged. Eric is my best friend in the whole world and the fact that he kinda likes me back and wants me to be his wife makes me feel so incredibly lucky.

I'm going to do my best not to make this blog turn completely wedding-centric. I can't promise I'll keep ideas and inspirations off the blog completely, but I know some of you may not even be interested in the upcoming nuptials. All I know is I'm ready to plan one of the most fun, personal weddings imaginable.... And then have the most fun, awesome marriage there ever was. 

Let the fun begin! :)


  1. What an adorable proposal story. Ours was very private and personal as well. So happy for you guys. You are wonderful together...
    Amber G.

  2. Eric, you did good. Real good. The ring is stunning. I love it!

    Many many congrats Rachel. So very happy for you, and I can't wait to follow you along on your wedding planning journey. Wish Pinterest had been around when I got married. :)


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