It started with a little ring shopping (just to find out my size, of course). Then, i saw a ring i loved. All of a sudden we were at Goldsmith's Co. designing my ring and talking about marriage in every other conversation. We kind of lucked out since my future sister in law's brother works at Goldsmith and gave us the SWEET family discount.
Then I left the picture. I didn't want to know when Chris picked up the ring or anything. But, of course, I was on my toes for awhile ;). On Friday, March 18, we went out to Tucanos for dinner. Afterward, we went back to my apartment to watch the Notebook in the front room. The Notebook is the movie we watched 4 1/2 years ago when he asked me to be his girlfriend in 2006. In the middle of the movie Chris had his friend text him. So, while we were cuddling and watching the movie, Chris says, "My phone just vibrated, can you get it for me?" I reached in his pocket to find a small, black, velvet box...definitely not his phone. Then Chris got on his knee, said a bunch of really cute things and proposed. I said yes. We were engaged. THEN, about five minutes later, there was a knock on the door. Confused, I opened it to find Chris's friend, Thomas, dressed in delivery attire with a package for a "Miss--i mean--Mrs. Redfern." He had me sign for the box, congratulated us, and then left. Inside the box was a bunch of cute pictures, candies, and memories (in particular 30 'riesens' why he loves me). Now we are engaged and planning to get married in the Oakland Temple on August 5, 2011.
As you can see, today Lindsey took pictures of us and the ring after church just for fun. These aren't the official engagement photos even though they look legit. She's amazing. And now everyone can see!