My Dreams Have Come True

“My dreams have come true” were the exact words I used when I called my best friend in the middle of the night to tell her that Andrew and I got engaged. It just spilled out of my mouth and it couldn’t be more true.

When I was younger (like teenager young) I used to lay in bed at night and pray for a boyfriend or at least for a boy to like me. Pathetic I know. Not many boys ever did, but I did have a few boyfriends. Of course none of them were right for me. Several of them were great people, but they were just meant to be with someone else. I was meant to be with someone else. I was meant to be with Andrew. I should point out that I do not believe in soul mates. I think it’s a bunch of BS… but I do have to believe there WAS something special that brought Andrew and I together. There were just too many obstacles that COULD have gotten in our way- but luckily they didn’t. Even the Pacific Ocean couldn’t keep us apart!

So on Friday, August 7th- Andrew proposed and I am SO happy. It was the best feeling ever- I only wish I wasn’t so shocked so maybe I would remember it more clearly!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I know several of you have asked for a story- so here it goes.

I had been sitting around in my grungy clothes and nappy greasy hair all day while I worked. In the late afternoon, Andrew asked if I wanted to go for a walk. It was beautiful weather outside and I was feeling quite lazy and knew I should get off my butt, so I said ok. I put on some workout clothes, put back my greasy hair and did NOT bother to put makeup on. I looked horrendous.

We walked down to middle head (a place we do walk to from time to time). It was starting to get a bit windy as we got down there and Andrew seemed to be in a rush to get to somewhere. He blamed it on the impending bad weather. My thoughts were “if it’s going to rain, why don’t we just go back?” But I followed him anyways.












We got to this little secluded point that overlooks the entrance to Sydney Harbour and I sat down. A few seconds later he asked me to stand up. That was my first hint that something was up. Why was he asking me to stand? Then he took both my hands in his, that was my second clue that this was not just a normal walk. I can’t remember word for word what he said due to my shock, but it did include “I love you, I want to spend the rest of my life with you.” Then he got on one knee, pulled a box out of his pocket, opened it and said “will you marry me?”

I was NOT one of those girls that forgets to say yes. I said yes immediately and gave him a big hug. I didn’t cry- I think I was too shocked- plus if you know me, you know I don’t cry easily unless I’m really frustrated or PMSing. I did forget though that he needed to put the ring on. So he told me to put my hand out so he could slip it on. As he did he said “size 6”- it was cute, like he was confirming that he bought the right size. It fit perfectly and I love it!!


Then Andrew surprised me by pulling out 2 mini champagne bottles and some glasses out of his backpack. We sat and enjoyed the moment as the sun was going down and the clouds were rolling in. He called a few people and hearing him tell others that we just got engaged actually made me tear up a bit more. It was so weird to hear it!

Once the weather started looking really bad, we decided to head back. We had quite a trek ahead of us and it started raining on us and the cold front came in so the temperature dropped and we were freezing!! We even started running at one point just to build some body heat. We finally made it home and I got to call and wake up my mom & dad, my sister and my best friend.

They were ALL so happy and so excited!! None of them seemed to mind that I woke them up at 1:30 am ๐Ÿ™‚ I think my favorite reaction of that night was from my niece- because it was just so sweet. I found out the next day that when my sister got off the phone with me, she went and kissed Emma (thinking she was sleeping) and said “I love you.” ย Emma said “I love you too.” So Bronwen’s reaction was “you’re awake??” She figured she’d tell her about us so she said “guess what? Pilot Andrew is really going to be your uncle now.” Emma’s reaction… “I love Andrew.”

I love him too Emma!!

24 Responses to My Dreams Have Come True

  1. Noel August 9, 2009 at 6:26 pm #

    So sweet. I love the part where you had to run back. What a great story you’ll always have!!! Congratulations.


  2. Laura August 9, 2009 at 6:44 pm #

    I just got goosebumps! I am so happy for you! I just love love, don’t you??

  3. Jenny August 9, 2009 at 6:46 pm #

    Congratulations! What a great story- sweet and romantic. Enjoy your engagement and have fun planning the wedding.

  4. Jen H. August 9, 2009 at 7:12 pm #

    Yay I’m so excited that you get to write an engagement blog!!! Woohoo!!

  5. suzer August 9, 2009 at 8:44 pm #

    Congrats! Gorgeous ring:)

  6. Juli August 9, 2009 at 10:31 pm #

    Awwww Elsja! You didn’t cry, but you totally just made me cry! I’m blaming it on the pregnancy hormones. That is the cutest, sweetest story and I am truly so happy for you. I know you have been waiting for this and you deserve it so much. Yay!

  7. Flying High August 9, 2009 at 11:56 pm #

    Congratulations!!! How very very very exciting! I remember that moment very well, too. It took my breath away. x

  8. Jessica August 10, 2009 at 6:32 am #

    Congratulations Elsja! I really enjoy reading your blog and I’m very happy for you and Andrew. Cute engagement story too. I love how it was a total surprise to you- those engagements are the best. Did you have any idea at all it was coming? I just started dating an Aussie boy… who knows what will happen but it’s great to hear about stories like yours!

  9. Felicia August 10, 2009 at 8:16 am #

    Congratulations! That’s so great!
    I’m noticing eerily similar parallels to my engagement story. What is it about Aussie men proposing when we look like crap??? lol
    I’m so happy for you guys. Have fun planning!

  10. mc August 10, 2009 at 11:23 am #

    Congrats. Real happy for you. I can relate to not remembering a word. When Nick proposed, by the time he was done talking, I was still thinking “what he is doing?”

  11. amanda August 10, 2009 at 12:37 pm #

    Congratulations Elsja!!

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  13. Mama Bird August 10, 2009 at 6:50 pm #

    Congrats! That last part about your niece made me get all teary. Too sweet. You ring is beautiful! I got married in Australia and it was wonderful…hope it’s the same for you if you marry there!

  14. V August 10, 2009 at 8:44 pm #

    Congratulations! So happy for you, even if I don’t really know you! It seems that you two are best friends, so I think you’ll be wonderful spouses/partners in crime. Enjoy this wonderful time in your lives!

  15. Lindsay August 10, 2009 at 10:00 pm #

    I saw the photos already, but I loved reading the story to go with! Congratulations again! I will have to buy you a celebratory drink next time I’m up in Sydney ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. av8rswife August 11, 2009 at 12:58 am #

    What an amazingly beautiful proposal!!!!! Congrats to you and your wonderful news! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Natasha August 11, 2009 at 3:11 am #

    Great story in print too! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the beginning, love the part about running in the rain!

  18. elsja August 11, 2009 at 3:21 pm #

    Thanks everyone!! It is a nice story and a memory I’ll cherish forever. I was definitely surprised… NO idea he even had a ring ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Someday August 13, 2009 at 1:37 pm #


    I was out to dinner with a friend when her boyfriend surprised her with a proposal. The first words out of her mouth were “You’re F*&king kidding me right?” So at least you managed to respond correctly!

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  22. Rachel August 18, 2009 at 4:08 pm #

    CONGRATS!!!! Beautiful ring and what a great proposal story!!

  23. Katrina (cuz) August 21, 2009 at 8:43 am #

    OMG!!!!!! Emma’s words brought tears to my eyes ….that is just so sweet!!!!! I can’t wait to meet her ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Romance is fabulous isn’t it? True romance is so magical that it has to be genuine….not something that can be faked out ๐Ÿ™‚ awesome!

  24. Nicole August 23, 2009 at 5:38 pm #

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I am so happy for you! I have been a terrible commenter/ blog reader lately that I am ashamed to say I just read this today! The ring is so beautiful – great job Mr!!

    I am planning a weekend trip to Sydney in the next few weeks and would love to catch up for a drink if you’re free!!

    I’m just about ready to post the date recap now!! And just becuase you asked I’ll give you an extra juicy detail not included in the post….Date went so well that I met him out around 8 saturday night and didn’t leave his house till after breakfast the next morning! Seriously so good!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Congratulations again I cant wait to read all about the weddding planning.

    Do you think it will be here in Australia or back home in the states???

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