In honor of our tenth anniversary together, I'd like to share a little background information on us, and the story of his proposal. Hope you enjoy reading :)
Cindy has always been a home-body with a passion for crafting. Her current medium of choice is yarn. She appreciates mid-century architecture and classic, timeless design. Her favorite movie and book genre is psychological-thriller, but she also loves dead-pan, quirky comedies and cartoons. She is completely smitten with their beagle, Louie. She enjoys stumbling into small boutiques and fairs to find vintage accessories and curiosities.
Danny has always had a passion for sports, especially basketball. Cookies are his weakness. His favorite movie genre is sci-fi and action, but he also loves witty, quirky comedies. He treats his TV like he would a friend. He enjoys shooting hoops with his friends, hiking on trails, and watching Harry Potter and re-runs of Home Alone during the holidays.
Cindy and Danny met in the summer of 2004 at their workplace.
They consider themselves to not only be partners, but best friends as well. They share the same values and outlook on life, and have a positive influence on one another. They adopted their beagle, Louie, in the fall of 2011.
When we first moved into Danny’s grandmother’s home, we decided to paint a few rooms as an easy DIY make-over. For our master bedroom, we painted one wall with chalkboard paint. We always talked about how we would utilize the wall (leave notes, draw silly things, etc.) but it remained blank and unused for nearly a year.
On August 28, 2012, the wall remained as dark and bare as the days past. We were celebrating our 8th year anniversary that day. Since it fell on a weekday, we decided to have a nice dinner out and keep it low-key.
Earlier during the day, Louie, our beagle, was driven by the hungry monster inside her stomach, and somehow managed to jump and climb on top of the kitchen counter and stealthily gobbled up two chocolate-stuffed croissants. Since we knew that chocolate is poisonous for dogs, we were worried about her. I (Cindy) thought about cancelling dinner reservations, but Danny's parents were kind enough to dog-sit Louie at our home while we were out.
After we came home, Danny's parents were waiting by the door and asked if I could take her outside to do her business. Danny quietly walked inside the house. After I took care of Louie, Danny's parents were waiting for me by the door and hastily said their good-byes and left. It was unusual for them to rush home without chatting with us for a bit, but I figured that they wanted to get some rest. After I closed the front door, Danny took me by the hand and led me to our bedroom. I gasped at the entrance. The plain chalkboard wall was transformed into something so special. It was adorned with colorful hearts with a question I had been waiting from Danny for years: “Will you marry me?”! He got down on one knee and popped the question, as Louie came bustling into the room. We laughed, smiled, and hugged – and of course, I said “I do!”
As a side note…Louie is totally healthy! We’ve learned from our mistake and will never leave food out, even if it seems like it would be impossible for her to reach.