This past weekend I made a surprise trip to Waco - at least it a surprise to my good friend Hannah who got engaged on Saturday! Her boyfriend, no wait fiance, Ross called me about 2 months ago and said he was planning to propose to Hannah on October 16th and would love for me to be there for the celebration. Well of course I quickly booked my flight and started making plans to come to Texas without letting anyone but my family know.
Let me start this story from the beginning... On Memorial Day Weekend 2009, my friend Hannah came to visit me in Portland and Drew's friend Ross came to visit him as well. So we all hung out together that weekend, even took a day trip to Seattle, and had a blast! I didn't really notice anything between Hannah and Ross that weekend - I was just glad they got along. Well, they went back to Texas and started dating! They both came back up to Portland to visit again this past Memorial Day Weekend. And now, a year a half after meeting in Portland, Ross and Hannah are engaged!!!
Hannah was extremely surprised... Ross told her that he was coming up to Portland last weekend to climb Mount Rainier with Drew but he really just hid out in Waco and showed up where she was in Austin on Saturday and proposed. And to add to the surprise, Drew and I were there to celebrate with them. Hannah and Ross are quite possibly the best couple I know. Congratulations, Ross and Hannah!!!
I also got to spend lots of quality time with my family (while I was hiding out in Waco making sure I didn't run into Hannah and ruin her surprise). Emily and the girls came in from Dallas on Friday and the whole family was together - a rare occurance. I especially loved getting to play with Hannah. We ran around and did cart wheels in the front yard, played the piano together and she watched me sew. At dinner on Friday night, she put her hand on my shoulder, leaned over and said, "Aunt Mary, I miss you." Made my heart melt.
"No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other's worth."
- Robert Southey