9.05.2008

he asked...

tonight garrett asked me to marry him. i, of course, said yes. he had been working on a surprise. we'd been talking about getting married, but i had no idea it was coming tonight. last night, we were driving somewhere and he mentioned that his brother & sister in law have wanted to go see the dark knight - and that we should babysit so they could - so i said, "lets do it tomorrow night." had no idea that i was setting in motion something that he was planning on having happen in a few days...

so after work, i headed over to jared & liz's house. madeline was of course adorable & kept telling me about secrets & surprises. i made no connection & looking back now, realize i could've. garrett all night was paying attention to what she was saying, diverting her if she started talking about anything that might resemble the surprise. so... while i was reading madeline a story tonight, garrett snuck outside to "take the trash out." when he came back in, i was sitting on the couch & he was a little hurried. i was a little confused, but just asked where he'd been... he explained he'd taken the trash out, which he had - but he'd also set things up, too... so then, he says, "lets wait awhile" and i was like, "wait for what?" his reply: to make out, in case madaline comes out. i was kinda like "whatever dude..." but didn't think much of it. so in the meantime, i talk on the phone with tib, we chatted & then all of a sudden, garrett asks me if i wanna go see the walls to the playhouse that jared is building for madaline. sure, says me... still not thinking anything of it.

so we go out into their backyard & i find this:


here's a picture of me hacking & my ring. it perty.
many phone calls to parents & siblings were made tonight.
so we sat outside for the next few hours and talked...

so your eyes are right - he has dr pepper bottles around the little setup, with 8 DOZEN roses & you might not be able to see it, but little bags of dr pepper jelly bellys too... ah. that boy is smart. he knows the way to my heart. no, i'm kidding. i love this boy so much - i can't wait. tomorrow i'll get someone to take some pictures of us together, when i don't look like a sick hag, too. :)

61 comments:

Katey said...

CONGRATULATIONS! I'm so excited for you both.

I got to thinking tonight about how exciting it was that you had NO idea what was coming your way. That's my dream engangement...having no clue.

Garrett was so funny earlier today telling me about how he didn't want to let go of your ring until he gave it to you. I've never seen him like this before but I know it's cause he loves you so much and is so happy.

I'm glad I got to meet you at least once before you got engaged but I definitly look forward to hanging out with you in the future and getting to know you better.

Congrats again!

P.S. I think the pictures of you are super cute :)

Amy said...

Congratulations! I have to admit that I have been hoping to find this post on your blog! You two seem so happy together and I am glad that you have found each other.

Kristin Jones said...

Yay!!!! How exciting, and even better that you didn't even know! I'm really happy for you. Can't wait to hear more about it!

Tiburon said...

I am so fracking excited for you I cannot stand it. Love me some Hayley. Love me some Garrett. Love you that you two crazy kids are sealing the deal! I just about screamed when I got your text!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tiburon said...

Oh and I soooo need a close up pic of the ring. Or I might have to stalk you at school today. The cell phone pic didn't cut it.

Shelley said...

YAY!!! Congratulations Hayley & Garrett! I didn't expect it this soon either, but I DID expect it! I've never seen Hayley happier, and if she let go of that happiness I'd have to visit Utah and kick some tushie! ;)

YAY!!!

Holly O. said...

I am so happy for you both. SO HAPPY. When you know, you know! We need to get you some engagement pictures!!!!

Dad said...

Whoopee! We are all excited and happy. Garret was a little nervous when he called me but I enjoyed my conversation with him. I am really looking forward to getting to know him a lot better. Look at your eyes, they define happiness and I want you to keep one of those pictures somewhere conspicuous so when you forget, you can remember. I love you.

Meg said...

Congratulations!
-Meg, a Natalie friend and blog lurker!

Jamie Harker said...

WOWSERS! HIP HIP HOORAY!! I'm so very very excited for you Hayley. And that guy was prepped with "goodies"! Smart, smart man! Congratulations!

100 Percent Cottam said...

oooooooooh i'm so dying!!! hoooooray! best news ever, i'm so excited. looks like the perfect proposal. wow. so crazy. so happy for you. can't wait to hear more. congratulations to you both!!!

buttercup said...

Hayley, I am so happy for you! Congratulations!

Karyn said...

YEAH!!!!!! I am so happy for you! Congratulations! When do I get to meet him?? He seems perfect from what I have read.

caron said...

Hayley, since Garrett hasn't posted this yet and I blogstalk you on occasion, I'm leaving my congratulations here..... Congratulations!! I knew you were the one, he has been the best Garrett I've known since you came along. Good work :)

Jan said...

I'm SO happy for you! Congratulations! I have felt like this was coming -- just from the way you sounded. I love it!! Yippeee!! Now fill us in on all the plans!!!

Christina said...

Congratulations, Hayley!!! You look truly happy, and you completely deserve to be truly happy. I can't wait for lots of future posts about wedding planning. :)

Chris and Zach and Mommy said...

(Tib's friend here) Congrats!!! She's very excited for you. What a sweet/romantic proposal.

Krystal said...

I'm so excited for you Hayley! Congrats!!!!

Mom said...

When we got the phone call last night I was so excited for you. In fact, it took me several hours to get to sleep because I'm so happy my baby girl is so happy.

tara said...

sweet comments from your mom and dad:)

SO HAPPY for you hayley. best news today. can't wait for more details and wedding PLANNING details. AWESOME LADY!!!!

devri said...

HI I don't know you, but Tib told me to come see the news, I did.

How cool for you, and what a great memory that will be for the both of you..

Congrats, maybe your lives me to the fullest, together for the rest of this world and the next!!!

D said...

Congratulations from France! Robyn sent us the great news. We wish you and Garret a wonderful life together. Now we need pictures!

Our love to you both,

Elder and Sister Edmunds

Crazy Walker said...

I'm a stalker coming out of stalkdom to say congrats! You are one awesome girl and it sounds like you gots yourself a catch!

Jessica Sorensen said...

This is Garretts friend Jessica ( I am married to his old roommate) I just wanted to say congrats I knew I could get the full scoopon what happened if I checked your blog since all Garrett did was send a email saying he was engaged with no details.

Tori said...

Whoot whoot! Raise the roof! :) I'm pretty excited for you guys too. Looks like many people were just waiting for your post. I LOVE January weddings! Congratulations and I'm very excited to have you be part of the family. Hayley Ward - has a pretty good ring to it! Love ya!

Heather said...

I'm so excited Hayley. We were screaming around here last night, as you know. Garrett is a romantic, I love that about him. You look SO happy in those pictures. You didn't email an extreme close up of the ring yet, get on it girl!! xoxo I love you and can't wait for Jan. 17th, right? :)

Tori said...

P.S. I've been wanting to add you to my list, but didn't want to look to obvious or scare you away with the crazy sister thing. :) But now, I think it's ok. hehe

em said...

Congratulations Hayley! I am so excited to have another Sister!

Holly O. said...

Oh my gosh. All Garrett's family's comments brought tears to my eyes. I am so happy you found a family who loves you so much!

Lori said...

You don't know me, I am Tib's sister-in-law's friend/next door neighbor, and when Tib posts "Big News" I come look. And this is one time that blog lurking didn't seem appropriate without a comment so CONGRATULATIONS! I wish you a lifetime of happiness!

Kami said...

Congrats Hayley!! So fun...better get plannin'. ;)

Sarah said...

Hi Hayley..I'm stalking from Houston, and I have to admit I got a bit teary-eyed when I read your post. I wish you all the best on your new adventure...sounds like you got the winner you've been waiting for. What a sweetie.

Tiffanie said...

Congrats! I am so excited for you guys. I don't think I have ever seen Garrett so happy. Welcome to the fam!

Tanja said...

Tib sent me and I 'm so glad she did!

What a great story and a happy ending! Congratualtions to you both.

He obviously know the way to your heart is through the DP...so he's definately a keeper in my book!

brookey said...

CONGRATULATIONS! i'm so pissed i didn't see your texts till this morning. dude, i'm so happy for you guys. this couldn't be right-er. can i just get a what what please?

Carter Family said...

YAAAAAAAYYYYY!!!!! I'm sooooooo HAPPY for you both! This is great! Congrats a million times, oh and I agree with everyone else who said that the close up of the ring didn't cut it, you need to zoom in on that sucka!!
Loves.

Jared said...

Hayley,
I am really excited for you and Garrett. I am amazed at how many people have commented on you blog about your engagement; there are so many people that care so much about you and Garrett. I am looking forward to having you as a part of our family. It was nice to have a little part in last night, we think so highly of you and Garrett, we were honored to be a part of this big event. Madeline woke up as I was getting ready for school this morning at about 6am. She was upset about something and couldn't sleep. I told her that Garrett gave you his ring and that you were going to get married. She smiled, calmed down, and went back to sleep. She really is excited about her new aunt Hayley!

Sarah Young said...

WHAT?! Holy cow, CONGRATULATIONS!! That is so exciting! I'm thrilled that you have found someone who makes you so happy! Can't wait for pics of you two together!

TheFirstWard said...

Hayley – We can’t tell you how pleased and excited we are to here the news. DeAnne and I have both been stalkers, and I guess it is because we didn’t want to push either of you. But with great news like this, we want to tell the entire world. Congratulations!!!! DeAnne and I are so happy for you and Garrett and so glad you finally found each other! We have never seen Garrett smitten like he has been since he met you! Welcome to the Ward family! You are like another daughter already! We look forward to meeting your family too!

P.S. Sorry for all the “!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’s”, but we really are excited for you two!

MiaKatia said...

Oh this was such a beautiful story! I am so excited for you guys and so happy, and dang it if I'm not crying! Yeah hurray. That Garret is a sweet one for sure.

kristi lee said...

I've been hoping for this post too! Your parents comments made my tear up. . .I am a sap! I don't even know you, but knowing Holly makes me feel like I do to an extent. I can feel the excitement from all of your family! Happy planning. . .enjoy. Whoever says planning a wedding should have their head examined. . .I LOVED every minute of it!

SRiggsPots said...

Congratulations! I am so happy for you.

Suzie1 said...

Oh my goodness! He's a keeper for sure. Congratulations! I speak for single girls everywhere wishing to be spoken for when I say... I'm jealous. :) (And, of course, happy for you.)

Dad said...

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Love Dad

Suzie said...

as the 45th commenter I hope this comes across as sincere as I feel.

I am so happy for you. I am giddy with joy sitting here in my Fam room waiting for the mob to come home from school.
Congratulations, love & hugs coming your way.
The only other thought I have is that you so deserve this happiness. Can't wait for the details of the wedding to unfold.
and how cute & sweet is this guy?
Wow, Garrett. Way to go.

***sigh

The Bunkers said...

Congrats, Hayley! You look really happy and it sounds like he's an awesome guy who takes good care of you. I really excited for you!!

Brie said...

YEAH!!!!! I like him alot and I've never met him....he seems to know you quite well too...Congrats, I am stoked for you. WHen and where will it be? hugs

Julia said...

Hey this is Heather's friend Julia from Houston...I saw on her blog that you were engaged and had to come check out the details...CONGRATS!!! I'm so happy for you. What fun news. I loved all the Dr. Pepper- haha- that is awesome. Congrats, Congrats, Congrats!!!

carrie pearson said...

Congrats! This is Carrie stalking from Houston. It has been fun to see how much in love you are - you deserve it! Best of Luck!!!!

Jennifer said...

What a wonderful engagement story to tell your grandkids! I'm really happy for you Haley! I stalk your blog and you have seemed so content lately - like you have returned after a really long trip and you are happy to be home. Does that make sense? Anyway, so happy for you!

Melis said...

Hayley- Congratulations! That is a great story- I know it can happen quickly- so enjoy it! You deserve it!

Jared Sorensen said...

Congratulations! You don't know me but I am really excited for you and my good friend! I can't wait to get you know you.

Jared Sorensen said...

By the way I absolutely despise Dr. Pepper. I hope that you can find it in your heart to accept me as a friend. Again congrats!

Mindi said...

congrats hailey! you deserve a good man--they are few and far between, and i am convinced that garrett "has what it takes"--plus, he had dr. pepper, THE NECTAR OF THE GODS at that proposal, so i think you are golden.

Kristi said...

Holy freakin crapwoman!! I am soooo excited and happy and loving this!!! Congratulations!!!!! You deserve nothing but the best, my dear and I hope you are so so happy. And what a smart guy--all those Dr. Pepper goods!!! You two are adorable.

HOORAY!!!!!!

Melissa said...

Congratulations!!!!!!! That is so awesome and I am so happy for you!

Red Bed Head said...

I am so happy for you! The first time you introduced him on your blog, I (and everyone else) knew you were done for, you two are just perfect together. Congrats to you both!!
Oh, and I think 57 comments has got to be some kind of a record.

Schagel Family said...

Congrats!!! Dr. Pepper was a must. Way too cute. I love it. I am sad I didn't see this sooner. I have not been on the computer for a couple of days. Way busy aroung here.
You two are just so cute together. When ever I talk to you about Garrett, I just know that you are going to be so happy together.
Congrats again to the both of you.
I love you

Jori said...

WHOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!I'm SOO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!! Awwwww I wish I could give you a big ol' hug!!!!! This is the greatest news ever!!!!!!!

Brittany said...

Hurray!!! Congratulations!! I am so very happy for you. I am looking forward to meeting him someday!

Julie said...

Congratulations to you! I am thrilled to hear it. You are adorable and so deserving to be happy. I look forward to meeting this heartbreaker Garret some day. (Man that was quick Hayley!)