I am wife to a magnificent man and mother to five wonderful children. Three of my children were born in the Northwest and two were born thousands of miles away in Liberia, West Africa. Birthplace is no matter, all of my children were born in my heart. This is our journey.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

A walk down memory lane

13 years ago this past February Steve and I were in this very spot on this very bench when he proposed to me. My family and I were on vacation and Steve was at a funeral in California for a long time pastor friend of his family. Having planned the proposal for some time and not wanting to miss out on his plans he drove all night to come out to join our family for a few days and to propose. My parents had the skinny but I was kept in the dark. I really had no idea.

This place is absolutely gorgeous and has a spectacular view of the mountains and ocean. Later he told me that he felt like it was the perfect place because I was a lover of the woods and he of the ocean.

Calling this place a romantic spot is an understatement.

We explored the area letting the kids look over the cliffs and enjoy the view looking out for miles over the ocean. We also told once again the story of the Japanese tourists that were standing in this very spot in the picture above when Steve proposed. They had just come around the corner as Steve got down on one knee and they went crazy. They were laughing and taking pictures like they were the paparazzi. I was dying laughing trying to say yes. So much so that Steve thought that I was just laughing and hadn't answered him yet. I reassured him that my answer was yes but all I could do was laugh watching all of these cameras clicking away listening to them talk in their language having no idea what they were saying. I bet somewhere in Japan we are in a few vacation books. Ha!

There are a few trails through this spot on the coast. It is easy walking making it a great trek for the kids and the view is worth every step.

When we came back around Steve asked a passer-by if she would be willing to take a picture of our family at the same bench that started it all 13 years ago. A lot can happen in 13 years. Look at that family! That young couple had no idea what was in store for them but that same couple 13 years later wouldn't change a thing.


kathy said...

I've a big brother and he is too strict on me.

Cindy said...

I really like your blog, thanx for the share, keep it up.

Shannon said...

Aw, Ang! That was beautifully written. I got a tear in my eye. Congratulations on 13 great years and such a fabulous family!