Sunday, April 5, 2009

Paul and I are new to the blogging world because we are new to the world of engagement. Figuring that we must finally grow-up beyond myspace, Paul and I are officially bloggers. I suppose we can start by telling the story of how Paul proposed to me because the pictures you see here display that event.
Paul and I have been dating for about 5 months, which to some seems very, very short, but I knew that I would marry him after about a month of dating him. I first met him at my cousin's house when i was coming over for a quick hair trim after the gym. I was super sweaty, having just complete one of my long runs, and was slightly embarrassed that such a cute guy was over since i wasn't looking my greatest. It was Paul that was over at Brittany's house and it was the first time we met. We ended up seeing each other several times before we went on a date and after that we spent a lot of time with one another...
Flash forward from then until now; 5 months later. Og (his nick name, all his friends call him that) and I were driving from BYU in Provo, where we both go to school, to the University of Utah, where his mission reunion was being hosted. Og served in the Mexico Leon mission from 2005-2007. When he first picked me up, he informed me that we had to get a friend in Salt Lake who was with out a car and needed a ride. I didn't think anything of it and agreed it would be fun to have company. We had been driving for about 30 minutes, Elder Carden texted Paul and informed him that it would be another half hour before he would be ready. We were kind of bugged that we would end up being late and now had 30 minutes to kill.
Then Paul suggested that we drive up to the Draper Temple, we were approaching the exit and then we wouldn't have to wait a long 30 minutes at a predetermined 7-11 to get Elder Carden.

We go to the temple and parked. I was a bit surprised when he killed the engine because it was SO cold and windy at the top of the mountain through the canyon. But i grabbed my giant coat and got out of the car anyway. We walked around the front and the side of the temple just chatting. I had no idea what was coming next. I had my nose thrown off the scent several times. Erica, Paul's twin, had made me believe that the proposal was still several weeks away and i had not been expecting anything to happen until then. I was wrong. We rounded the final corner of the building and what to my eyes should appear but tons of roses and balloons everywhere. I was really confused and my initial thought was, "Oh my gosh; someone left all their crap from Valentine's Day" But i knew that wasn't really possible since Valentine's Day had been about 2 months previous to then. My second thought was, "Oh wow! someone just got engaged here! i wonder where they are?!" I turned to ask Og what he though about my theory and to my utter shock, he was down on one knee and reaching for my hand. I couldn't believe it! He proposed and I said YES through my tears. Of course i cried. I have it down to and art, I can cry on a whim. (It scares poor Paul because he thinks he makes me cry. But he doesn't. usually.)
What made the whole thing even more special was that some of the roses had notes from him and each of his family members that stated why they love me. It was so touching and i cried again when i read them. And even more special than that was that his sisters Erica and Emilee and his brother Ben had come and set everything up, were there waiting, and took pictures of the entire thing. How priceless to capture such precious moments (not the creepy ceramic dolls; they really were precious moments)

So there it is, my first post. Hopefully I will get better at this because frankly, I feel like a total idiot. Wish me luck!


  1. Madison, what a perfect first post! Your engagement story brings tears to my eyes. I am so happy for you and Og!! I can't say it enough. Here's the link to our blog:

  2. Welcome to blogging- haha It know it's premature but I already put in on my blog screen as Og and Maddie Belnap :) Just to help you get use to your new name!