|One of my last photos as an unengaged woman.|
We all enjoyed the Glen Canyon dam tour, but Squire - now that I think on it - was a bit antsy all morning. Especially when it was time to leave to go "fishing" as he had informed me we would be doing after the tour.
|On the Glen Canyon Dam tour.|
|Squire with his mom.|
|G-ma Tripp, some tourists, Mamma Hepworth, and G-pa Tripp.|
|One last picture before we left to go "fishing!"|
We got to "Trace Lake" - a pond on Squire's grandpa Hepworth's ranch at Paria where we would be fishing. We swam in the cool water on that hot windy day for a while. Squire found a few heart-shaped rocks along the side of the pond for me. (We have a small collection of heart-shaped rocks from over the years - it's one of our things.)
|Swimming around in "Trace Lake" at Paria.|
Inside the wooden chest was a thermos, and in the thermos were many fortune cookies. Each one said something different, yet appropriate to the occasion like:
"Your golden opportunity is coming shortly."
"You will receive an offer you cannot refuse."
"Tell someone you love how you feel about them."
"Big things coming, only a matter of time." and, well, you get the idea. :)
The last fortune cookie I opened had a fortune that was folded into a heart. I recognized it as the fortune Squire had received at dinner group about a month earlier. Everyone had teased Squire when he took his turn reading his fortune aloud to the group, "Buy someone a thoughtful gift of love." "Oooh! So when are you going to get Jami a ring?!" they had questioned him. Squire had just smiled and blushed a little then (and even given me a bread tie with some plastic jewel he'd found on the ground to wear as a joke after that evening), but at that moment when I read the fortune, I knew the big moment had arrived.
Squire got down on one knee in the little boat, with the ring box open (which he had had in his backpack all along), and asked me if I would marry him. I said, "Yes Squire, I will marry you!" And then we just hugged each other and I cried for a long time. After quite some time, Squire said, "Don't you want to look at the ring?" "Oh! Yes!" I exclaimed. I forgot that part of the deal! :) I loved the ring - which Squire had picked out all on his own. We kissed and laughed. Squire told me how his dad had sunk the box in the pond the night before when we had arrived in Page, and I told him how relieved I was to finally have a ring and an official fiance, seeing as how I already had purchased my wedding dress . . . (I know, I'm bad.) Hehe.
|The obligatory, posing with the ring shot.|