I couldn't remember ever having an inbetween Sunday last so long. I tried to stay occupied with playing games with my brothers and reading but every time I looked at the clock it seemed as if it were taking twice as long to tick off the hours.
When evening finally arrived I went to get ready for our date. I already knew what I would say if LV asked me to marry him, but the suspense I felt of wondering if that was what he had in mind when he told me he wanted to ask a question was a little daunting.
I went downstairs and made one last round through the house to make sure everything was in order before I closed the living room curtains as a signal for LV that everyone else was in bed and it was safe for him to come into the house.
As I opened the door and he stepped inside I tried to act like I usually did. Going into the living room we sat on the sofa only to both get up right away as some loud crying started plus the sound of a meowing cat. I lifted the cover of the sofa and discovered my brothers had tucked a few of their electronic devices underneath and made that they would go off if someone touched them. As we removed them we could both hear the muffled laughter coming from the upstairs from the boys as they celebrated another successful prank.
Having that happen relieved some of the tension I had felt of wondering when LV would ask his question. The evening passed swiftly as we visited. A little before it was time for him to go home I invited him into the kitchen for our usual snack. The dim oil lamp cast flickering shadows as we ate the cherry pie I had baked so carefully the previous day. We were done eating and I was ready to get up to clear everything away when he reached for my hand. Holding it, he started by saying that the past year and a half had been the happiest time of his life. He paused a little and my heart started pounding faster and my mouth felt dry as I waited to hear what else he had to say. " I never knew it is possible to love someone so much," he continued. "I want to spend the rest of my life with you. Mary Ann, will you marry me?"
I had my answer ready all day, but now that he had proposed I suddenly felt all choked up and ready to cry. I managed to say a whispery little "yes." And then added, "Read Ruth 1:16"
Before he left, he added that we can pick our wedding date the next time he came after I talk with my parents and ask for their blessing.