We’re Engaged!!!

After enjoying a fabulous Christmas together, Ben & I decided to spend some time away from the xmas chaos & head down to Yosemite for a brief retreat. We made reservations at a small B&B in Groveland, and arrived around 3pm on Monday afternoon.

Wanting to catch some of the spectacular views before dark, we made our way on to Yosemite. Intending to make our way to Glacier Point, we were disappointed to learn that the road out there is only open during summer months. Instead, we redirected and headed out to Tunnel View.

We arrived at Tunnel View around 4:30pm, and promptly got out of the car to enjoy the view. The view was spectacular – the valley floor hugged by a dense layer of fog; it appeared that everything around was hovering in mid air.

I asked someone to take a snapshot of us; Ben & I posed and the stranger snapped away. We start to leave, and Ben tugs at my sweater, stopping me from entering a family snapshot. I divert, heading through the parking lot instead, and he stops me again.

Ben says, “I have one last Christmas present for you”

He pulls a small package out and hands it to me.

It’s a package in brown paper; inside, a smaller package wrapped in snowman christmas paper.

I start to rip through it, and he asks, “You’re not even going to look at the tag?” I turn the package over, where he’d written, “Suzy, will you marry me?” He follows up by asking, “Will you?” I reply, “Yes! Of course, yes!” I unwrap the package and inside is a beautiful princess cut diamond engagement ring.

Then, in the midst of numerous tourists, Ben kneels down and puts the ring on my finger.

To celebrate, we went to the Awahnee and had a drink & appetizers. While sitting there, Long and Winding Road by The Beatles came on. Very apropos.

The rest of the trip was fabulous… we hiked to Lower Yosemite Falls & Mirror Lake on Tuesday, and left the park around 3pm that afternoon.

I’m so excited about the whole thing!! I’ll post updates soon.

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6 Responses to “We’re Engaged!!!”


  1. 2 Anonymous December 29, 2005 at 4:44 PM

    Oh Suzy I am so happy for you and for Ben because he is marrying a very sweet young lady and he is getting a heck of a cool extended family as well. WELCOME BEN to our family and from what I have heard and read and seen of you on the this site I think Suzy is getting a TEArrifc guy too. Will look forward to meeting you. Aunty A

  2. 3 Anonymous December 29, 2005 at 6:17 PM

    Way too Cool!!!
    Suzy and Ben we are so happy for you both.
    Ben we are very proud to welcome you to the family. (If you can put up with us, you can put up with anything! and we promise not to spoil you too much, or at least we will try.)
    Love,
    Ginger and Dennis

  3. 4 Anonymous December 29, 2005 at 10:16 PM

    Ben, you will never found any two people better then Ginger and Dennis as your “In-Laws”. They are great people. Aunty A

  4. 5 Anonymous December 29, 2005 at 10:28 PM

    SO SORRY CHARLEY….FIND not FOUND… Malfunction with the typist…going way to fast. :-)

  5. 6 Ben January 7, 2006 at 5:53 PM

    I love ya tons Suzy! And I love your family too, which makes it even more incredible to have found you. :)


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