The proposal

His idea was big, bold, and public.

Unbeknownst to him my idea was quiet, intimate, and sentimental.

But he was the one with the ring so…

I got my proposal on the main stage at our local Christmas festival in front of 1,500 cheering and screaming on-lookers.

I was shocked and a little embarrassed. Ok, a lot embarrassed. (And for the record that’s very hard to do.)

I was also thrilled.

As far as a proposal was concerned, big, bold, and public had never even entered my imagination… but I was just glad to be asked to spend the rest of my life with the man I adored.

It was a happy, happy day.

Happy Love Day to my sweetheart. I’m so glad you wanted to show me off to the whole world.

And now, so do I… in my own little way. *grin*

I’m still so very in love with you.

In fact, I’m more in love with you now than I even was then… on that hot, humid night in December:

And obviously I was pretty dang happy and in love with you then.

You have my heart Ryan. Always.

Adriel xo

About Author

Adriel Booker is an author, speaker, and advocate based in Sydney, Australia who believes storytelling, beauty, and the grace of God will change the world. Adriel has become a trusted voice in areas of motherhood and parenting, Christian spirituality, and global women's issues. She's also known for her work with the Love A Mama Collective—serving under-resourced women in developing nations through safe birth initiatives—as well as her years spent as a Bible teacher and leadership coach. Her latest book is Grace Like Scarlett: Grieving with Hope after Miscarriage and Loss and she's made the companion grief journal available for free. Find Adriel across all social media platforms at @adrielbooker or sign up for LoveNotes, Adriel's 'secret posts' that aren't published anywhere else online. ✌️


  • Casey Martinez
    15 February 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Awww, that is a sweet story! I would have been petrified if my guy proposed to me on a stage…I have a borderline phobia of being in front of a lot of people. lol. BUt, the thought of it sounds so adorable if I weren't such a wus!

  • Mandy
    15 February 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Awe that is such an awesome story!!! Thanks so much for sharing, and for linking up!! ….too bad the linky tool expired (cause they started charging to use them and I don't wanna pay!)

  • Jamie
    15 February 2011 at 4:03 pm

    What a sweet,sweet story. <3

  • Morgan B.
    15 February 2011 at 6:50 pm

    That is so sweet. I would have died! You guys looks so happy in that picture. I hope you had a great Valentine's Day! xoxo

  • Stephanie Thigpen
    15 February 2011 at 8:07 pm

    What an awesome story! Adorable.

  • Liz
    16 February 2011 at 12:54 am

    I would be embarrassed, too, but I bet that was totally exhilarating at the same time!

    I have seen proposals like this happen on TV, though I don't know anyone who it's happened to. Until now. 🙂

  • Cameron
    16 February 2011 at 2:00 am

    Aw!! Hope your Valentine's Day was lovely!!!

  • Getrealmommy
    16 February 2011 at 5:42 am

    That is so sweet. I would have liked a little bigger and flashier, in fact for a while it was a bit of a sore point for us. He made up for a lame proposal with by planning a romantic 1 year anniversary. In any case, after 11.5 years of marriage, I have no regrets! Hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day!

  • Stacey
    16 February 2011 at 8:17 am
  • Mayra
    16 February 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Awww sooo sweet!

    The best moments are BOLD. =)

  • Amy Sullivan
    16 February 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Oh my gosh. An audience of 1,500? That's crazy! Sweet, sweet story, girl.


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