Jesey and Kelsie
How We Met
Jesey and I went to the same high school. We had a class together freshman year and would make small talk about how the boys and girls varsity soccer team did the night before or an assignment we had in class. It wasn’t until the summer before sophomore year of high school until we finally hung out. We had a few mutual friends and decided to go on a group bowling date together. We were both shy at first and felt awkward with the kid at our table having his date sitting on his lap and kissing the whole time. That’s when Jesey leaned over and asked me, “Do you want to make this awkward and sit on my lap too?” Flash forward almost 7 years later, and we just celebrated Jesey graduating college. These last 7 years have been nothing shy of amazing or life-changing.
How He Asked
Jesey and I went on a trip with his family out west. We flew into San Francisco and drove 2,000 miles up the coast to Seattle. We were all celebrating Jesey graduating college, his younger brother graduating from high school, and his grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary. Of course, I thought to myself, what a perfect moment to pop the question. So while we were on our trip, I was very observant of everything and on high alert. When we were in San Francisco, we went to see the Golden Gate Bridge. It was SO cool! As we were standing there looking at the bridge, Jesey started to reach into his pocket and pulled out…his phone. I was thinking myself, okay relax, there are more amazing places we will go to.
As we started to move north towards Oregon, Jesey kept talking about the Redwood National Forest. “Man, I can’t wait to see the Redwoods! I’m so excited! It’s going to be awesome!” We have a thing as a couple to where Jesey will take a picture of me from behind on all of our adventures, and we had to get one of our pictures in the Redwood Forest. He started to take the picture, but it seemed like it was taking longer than normal. Maybe enough time to get a ring out and get on one knee. I asked him if he was done, and turned around to no ring. I started to get upset, thinking that he wasn’t going to ever pop the question.
The next day we were in Oregon. Jesey wanted to go to Crater Lake, but I nervous to go due to the website saying it could possibly be snowed in, and I didn’t want to miss out on any other places. We decided to have some faith and went to Crater Lake anyway. It turned out to be one of the best days to go to Crater Lake with having only one section of the park shut off due to snow. Once we finally reached the lake, I was in awe. I have never seen anything more beautiful in my life. God really knew what he was doing! Jesey asked me what my favorite thing we had seen so far, and Crater Lake was by far the best thing we had seen. We continued our drive through the park to find more spots to take pictures. We spotted a ridge which allowed us to see more of the lake than we could before. After I took a million pictures of the lake itself, Jesey wanted to get a picture of us on the ridge. Right as his mom was about to take the picture, he turned me and quickly shot down on one knee. Before he could pull the ring out I was sobbing like a baby and so was he. After we collected ourselves a little bit, he popped the question and of course I said yes!
Meanwhile, his family caught the whole thing on video and in pictures, and a random couple blew air horns to celebrate us. The best part of it all was that he had a plan to ask me the next day at Snoqualmie Falls in Washington. I’m not sure why he changed his plan, whether it was the ring burning a hole in his pocket, the look on my face when I saw the lake or a combination of both. I do know that it was by far the best moment of my life!