Caitlyn and Drew
The weekend of June 4th, Drew and I flew back to South Carolina from Boston, Massachusetts for one of our friend’s weddings. The next day our plan was to spend the day at our Alma Mater, Clemson University, visiting with some of our friends. I was going to spend time with Courtney and Caroline at Y Beach and Drew had plans to go golfing with Luke. We made plans to eat at Olive Garden later that night around 7:15. After a day at the beach with time to kill, Caroline and I made plans to walk around campus and see how things had changed since we had graduated. I originally thought Drew would join us for this but he text me that golf was taking longer than he expected and they would just meet us at Olive Garden. As Caroline and I approached campus in her car it started to rain. When Caroline suggested taking a driving tour instead to waste time and stay out of the rain I didn’t think anything of it. When we got near Sirrine Hall, Caroline said, “Look your building”.
Sirrine Hall is the business college at Clemson. Drew and I both graduated with a Business degree and we first met in a class in this building. Throughout our Junior and Senior year we would kill time between classes on the benches in the courtyard. It was in this courtyard that we really became friends, where we learned about each other, where we talked about Jesus and where we fell in love.
Caroline continued to drive straight and I began to get a little confused. I asked her where we are going to which she replied, “I thought you might want to see it”. When I turned to “see it”, not only did all the memories start to come rushing back from college but I saw what would soon be my favorite memory happening right in front of me. The love of my life was sitting on a bench in the middle of the courtyard with flowers in his hand and rose petals on the ground. As the realization of what was about to happen hit me I frantically started glancing quickly at Drew then back at Caroline. Caroline stopped the car and looked at me and said, “just take a deep breath and get out of the car”.
Unbeknownst to me this day had been well thought out, every detail planned, and prayed over for many many weeks. About a month before, Drew had asked his “Paw Paw” to build a bench for our proposal. Drew had transported the bench to our courtyard and sat it right in the middle. It had our names engraved on it and the date of our engagement. I will treasure this forever in our future home. He had contacted my friends well in advance and they did an incredible job throwing me off the trail. Earlier that day they had even got me to list all of the reasons Drew would not be proposing anytime soon. I am nearly impossible to surprise and the fact that I had no idea what was going on until we pulled up should be considered one of Drew’s greatest accomplishments.
So much joy and excitement filled my heart as I walked towards Drew. “Found a Heart” was being played in the background by Andrew and sang by Elyse. Drew’s best friend, Benji, was capturing the whole scene through the camera lens and Drew had also asked Dustin to video. The moments that followed will be some that I will treasure forever. When I got to Drew, he explained that he wanted to read a passage of scripture to me and then he had a “quick question”. I listened as he spoke to me, trying my hardest to capture every word. We then stood up and Drew got down on one knee and asked, “Will you marry me?”. After I screamed a few times and said, “yes”, we sat back down as Drew took our relationship before the Lord in prayer. After we said, “amen”, I was surprised to look up and see our parents eagerly waiting to celebrate with us. The rest of the evening was filled with so much joy and celebration with our families and our closest friends!