|Josh and Jen ~ January 2015 ~ Florida|
In August of 2006 I met Dr. Jen face to face for the first time. We met for a couple of reasons. A now common close friend, Marcia, had asked Jen if she was reading our blog and if she had seen that I needed help with a horrible rash Noah had during our first summer in Haiti. Marcia invited me to her cabin and I met Jen and Marcia in NW Iowa when I was in the USA for a week.
|Tess helped us do this. |
Lydie, Annie, Phoebe - January 2008 - baby to adult ratio improved with Tess
|Paige and her 2008 big sisters, Jen and Tess|
At one point KJ told me that she had heard me ask Jen about Sunday on two occasions and Troy on two occasions. She suggested that we were not very sneaky if we both hounded Jen about her return to Port au Prince when we would not normally need so much detailed schedule information from her.
|The morning of the proposal, Jen returned to Port au Prince and|
was super crazy happy which made us nervous she knew something
I arrived home around eleven in the morning and went upstairs to "nap" which really meant texting with KJ, Marcia, Josh, and Joanna as they all had nervous tummies in their respective locations.
Around 1:30pm Sunday, Troy said he had to go "to a meeting" and left as Jen was just going swimming with our kids.
Troy went to the airport and picked up Josh, Joanna, and Cassie. He delivered them to KJ's apartment to rest, shower, and try to chill out for a bit.
I texted Jen from my room and asked if she would want to go grocery shopping with me later in the afternoon when Troy came back with our truck. No surprise, Jen said yes, she would. We had no plan B on that, so it is good she is so agreeable about grocery shopping.
While we shopped KJ moved the Minnesotans into the house and the kids got to reunite with Jo and Cassie and hear from Josh. I am told that Josh did some practicing his proposal with Lydia during that hour and a half.
Once all the candles were lit, Joanna and KJ and Cassie and Troy hid in our bedroom, which has a window facing the patio. Josh hid around the corner of the patio outside.
Lydia was tasked with getting Jen upstairs.
Lydia said, "Here. This is your book. Read it." Jen said, "WHAT is going on here?" - Lydia said, "SOMETHING!!" and ran like a track star out of the scene and into the bedroom with the others.
After reading the end of the letter Jen said, "Will you come out here?"
Then, Josh appeared and got down on one knee. It was hard for us to hear what was said so we waited until invited to come out. Once Josh announced, "She said, YES!" the kids tossed their confetti from above and we started toward our friends for hugs and high fives. I perhaps jumped the gun by a few seconds, but she had in fact already replied to the big question. (Yes, indeed - I was already celebrating with a beer in hand. Not messing up was reason to start celebrating while spying.)
The next part of the surprise was delivered when Geronne came out onto the patio holding baby Cassie. Jen had a "what tha?!?!" moment and look on her face and then Joanna came waltzing out too.
We celebrated together with wine and an amazing Haitian meal Geronne made especially for Jen.
The next day we played hookie from all responsibility and went to the beach together.
It was truly beautiful to see how hard Josh worked to make it exactly what would mean a lot to Jen - and it was fun to get to be a part of surprising her.
|all but Troy and Marcia from engagement extravaganza 2015|