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The story….

You all are gonna have to bear with me. I’m a guy and guys are not very good at telling stories. I’m gonna give my best attempt to appear romantic and fill ya’ll in on how the proposal went down two days ago. Here goes nothing…

The backstory…

Girl Ninja and I are both originally from the Seattle area. We also both currently live in San Diego (not together). I decided in August that I wanted to wait until Christmas time to propose because we would both be in Washington with family and friends. I bought the diamond in June, and for six months kept that sucker hidden in my desk. Needless to say, I was really excited for December 28th to come.

The Proposal…

I picked Girl Ninja up at 12:00 on Monday, for what she thought was 12:30 lunch reservations at the Barking Frog. The restaurant is part of a really beautiful winery/lodge and was the perfect spot….

Inside the Barking Frog

Now Girl Ninja, was under the impression that we were meeting friends for lunch (a double date), little did she know that was never the plan. As I pulled in to the lodge’s parking lot, I called my friend that we were suppose to meet up with and pretended like we were a half hour early. Girl Ninja and I decided it would be cool to walk around and check out the lodge, while we waited for our friends to arrive.

As we walked around, through the various gardens and fountains, I became increasingly more nervous as I knew we were nearing the proposal spot. As we approached the final courtyard, my hand began shaking uncontrollably from anxiety/excitement. I began to drag Girl Ninja to the table set up with the ring. As my hand was shaking, reality started sinking in, and Girl Ninja realized what was about to happen.

She looked at the table, then looked at me and said “No!” Still walking towards the table, I looked back at her and said “Yea!” We approached the table where I had the ring, some flowers, a Bible, and a scrapbook waiting for us….

The proposal table, next to a fountain (Girl Ninja LOVES fountains!)

We arrived at the table and it was time for me to put my game face on. I picked up the Bible and read this verse from Genesis…

But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

The man said,

“This is now bone of my bones

and flesh of my flesh;

she shall be called ‘woman,’

for she was taken out of man.”

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

I then got on my knee and said something like “I’ve been waiting a really long time to do this, Will you marry me?” I don’t really remember what happened after that because I was so freakin’ nervous/happy/excited/anxious that the next couple minutes were all a blur. I do remember one thing though…. SHE SAID YES!!!!!

Immediately after she said yes!!!

After some celebrating and chatter my friend and brother, that had been snapping pictures from the distance, came up to congratulate us and continue taking some AWESOME pictures. We then flipped through the scrap book I made which had a list of my Top Ten Favorite Moments together. Here is a picture from the scrapbook (the bottom left corner is empty so we can include a picture from the proposal)….

The last page of the scrapbook (aka my most favorite moment with Girl Ninja)

We took some more pictures and then headed over to the restaurant for our actual lunch reservations. I told Girl Ninja, there was no double date and that it would just be her and I. I could tell she was a little sad she had not been able to share the big moment with her parents, but little did she know I had some tricks up my sleeve. About 10min into our lunch reservations her parents surprised her and had lunch with us. Girl Ninja began crying and we had some great conversations.

At 2:15, it was time to leave lunch and head over to the Willow’s Lodge Spa so she could her nails done (I had to make sure her hands were looking pretty when she showed off her ring!). From the Spa we headed to Downtown Seattle and went to Starbucks so she could begin calling friends and family and sharing the exciting news with them. After an hour or so at Starbucks we headed to Pike’s Market to buy some flowers to bring back to her parents.

At 5:30, we left Seattle so we could make it back to Girl Ninja’s house for dinner plans with her family. Little did she know, there was more suprises to come!!!! We arrived to her house at 6:00 sharp to be welcomed by 40 of our closest friends and family. Getting to share the most exciting day in our lives with those closest to us truly amazing. I could tell that Girl Ninja was a little sad that one of her best friends, who lives in New Mexico, was not at the party. We mingled with our friends for about 15 minutes, before I pulled out my last surprise…. I had secretly flown her friend up to Seattle to be there for our celebration. I called for Girl Ninja’s attention and at the site of her best friend, tears and screams rang out.

The ring, with freshly painted nails, and our engagement cupcake!

We partied hard for a couple hours and overall had an amazing day. Here were my favorite parts…

1) Surprising Girl Ninja with a ring

2) Surprising her with lunch with her parents

3) Throwing a suprise party for us, when she thought we were just having dinner with her family

4) Flying her best friend up to Seattle to share in our special day

If you can’t tell I am a big fan of surprises and wanted to do as much as I could to let Girl Ninja know I love her. I can not believe I get to spend the rest of my life with such an amazing woman. The Lord has truly blessed me and for that I am thankful.

Thank you to all who have sent congratulatory comments and tweets. I have shared each and every one of them with Girl Ninja. I may not know any of you, but they still mean a lot 🙂

p.s. About six months ago I blogged about how I sold my motorcycle…that was to subsidize part of the cost of the diamond 🙂



  1. Thank goodness she said YES! You did awesome, and (I'm tearing up right now) this has to be the most romantic proposal I've heard (read) all year…Congratulations!

  2. I'm such a girl… I'm tearing up at this beautiful story. Girl Ninja is blessed to have such a thoughtful future spouse. Congrats once again!

  3. Wow Ninja! You did GREAT!!

    I thought the manicure was such a great one (I will admit, I teared up at that) – until you flew in the friend! Holy crap I was bawling. (In a good way, don't worry!)

    She is a lucky girl, and I can only imagine that you are a very lucky guy as well! =)

  4. You're so sweet!!! I'm very impressed. 🙂

    Micah's proposal was very romantic as well, less flowers and scrapbooks, but a ballet and then a night walk on the steps on the Harrisburg capitol with lights and fountains. It's something she'll remember forever.

  5. My fave part was the Bible first. Yup, I'm here at work sobbing like a baby. Congrats again. And you are totally starting off on the right foot by thinking of the mani! So yes, have you guys decided on a date?

  6. What a fantastic and romantic story. To reiterate what others have said… I loved it all! Especially the manicure and best friend – though I am a huge fan of surprises, so of course it's ALL amazing as you paid attention to all the smallest details 🙂

    Congratulations again to you both, this is something very special!!

  7. I have TEARS in my eyes!! That was so amazing, that girl has got one amazing guy. All the best to you both, I say over and over again 🙂 God bless – it's clear He is already a priority in your relationship together (so rare to witness!) 🙂

  8. I love this! Congrats! You did such a fantastic job! My favorite part was the book of memories… and the spa trip to get her nails done! A surprise engagement when my nails were looking rough would totally ruin photos for me. Smart man for thinking ahead! 🙂

  9. A big congratulations to you Ninja, and to Girl Ninja! That's awesome!

    It's lucky that she said yes, otherwise the party you'd organized for that night would've been quite uncomfortable and awkward 🙂

    Man you've raised the bar pretty high for the rest of us guys now. I hope any girl I plan to marry does not read your blog and expect such an elaborate proposal from me 🙂

    All the best to you both. It's good to hear these kind of nice stories.

  10. Wow! that's a pimpin' looking ring! very nice.

    I wish my boyfriend would sell his motorcycle to fund my diamond ring!! (nice bike by the way- liked how you called it murdercycle!! I called my motorcycle (that I sold too this fall) money sucker).


  11. Soooooooo excited for you two and that it finally happened in God's timing! I am so grateful for both of you and for first hand observing your relationship from the get-go. You have no idea how much I have learned from the example you two have set of living for God first and loving each other second. Can't say enough of how excited I am…but luckily I have the next several months to do so!!

  12. OMG Ninja! This story is about the most perfect way an engagement should be. Girl Ninja is truly blessed – you thought of her parents, her friends & family, and her BFF. Geesh! Awesomeness!

    BTW, what is about Seattle people always migrating to San Diego. Many of my friends did the same trek.

  13. Dang Dude! You did me proud! That was such a girly proposal! Something ALL women would have loved! The scrapbook, surprises, WoW! Congrats! I have never been engaged but I know if I found the right guy, I am directing them to you for tips!

  14. Congratulations. Thank you for not skirting expressing your spirituality. The two of you may appreciate the following:

    He is the Bestower, the Bounteous!
    Praise be to God, the Ancient, the Ever-Abiding, the Changeless, the Eternal! He Who hath testified in His Own Being that verily He is the One, the Single, the Untrammelled, the Exalted. We bear witness that verily there is no God but Him, acknowledging His oneness, confessing His singleness. He hath ever dwelt in unapproachable heights, in the summits of His loftiness, sanctified from the mention of aught save Himself, free from the description of aught but Him.
    And when He desired to manifest grace and beneficence to men, and to set the world in order, He revealed observances and created laws; among them He established the law of marriage, made it as a fortress for well-being and salvation, and enjoined it upon us in that which was sent down out of the heaven of sanctity in His Most Holy Book. He saith, great is His glory: “Enter into wedlock, O people, that ye may bring forth one who will make mention of me amid My servants. This is My bidding unto you; hold fast to it as an assistance to yourselves.”

  15. What an amazing engagement story! I am tickled just to read it 🙂 And I must second (or third or fourth?) the bit about including the BIble and reading the verse. _What_ a showstopper (though I know this wasn't a show, it did involve flair and appropriate drama). I was tearing up at the verse. I couldn't even finish it. I just started reading the first few lines, and I knew where you were going with it. What a perfect scenario. Congratulations on your wedding! To both of you 🙂

  16. woww…The Bible verse, fountains, manicure, best friend, family…it couldnt have been better! Congratulations and God's blessings!

  17. Congratulations! The fact that you took her to get her nails done really impressed me….real smooth move! I look forward to reading about your Ninja wedding plans…or perhaps some wedding guest posts from the Girl Ninja herself? lol. (Or not, I guess that's kinda girly…)

  18. Way to go you dumb ass! Now for the rest of your life your going to have to live up to that day, your never going to be able to let an anniversary, birthday or special event go by with out pulling out all the stops. I know you are fully aware of the time and planning that went into putting together your proposal, well get ready because your going to have to do it for her 30th birthday and your wedding and ton's of other events. You just committed yourself to spending $100's for all sorts of special events. Well congratulations you have done it now! Best of luck and congratulations!

  19. Holy crap, you are a PIMP indeed! Wow, one surprise after another – Loved it! I'd tell you I teared up a bit, but ofcourse that's not a very manly thing to do…so uhh…yeah, "rock on bro."

    Oh, and don't ya worry – as soon as you're married you can go out and buy another motorcycle 😉

  20. About six months ago I blogged about how I sold my motorcycle…that was to subsidize part of the cost of the diamond So you were planning this for a half a year?

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