Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Mr.& Mrs. Valenzuela

As most of our family and friends know, Dante and I just got engaged this past Friday! At the beginning of the semester we were pretty sure that we were going to be getting married and decided that it was probably a good idea that we meet each others families before we decided to make anything official. In January we flew up to Portland and I was able to introduce Dante to my younger brothers, friends, and big daddy Reed. Luckily enough, he passed the numerous interrogations of my home ward members and family and everyone loved him!
Once we returned from Portland, and he had talked to my dad, I knew that it was free game for him to pop the question! I hoped we would be engaged before I met his family, but as our next three day weekend approached I was still lacking any sort of bling on my left ring finger, I figured he wanted to wait until after I met his family to propose, but little did I know that my sweetheart was already two steps ahead of me.
Late Thursday night, after my basketball game, we began our trek to the sunny weather of El Paso Texas. We laughed and talked and danced to music to help keep us awake until about three o'clock in the morning hit... I seriously thought my bladder was going to explode! So of course I made Dante pull over and find a gas station for me to use the bathroom. So after letting me use the bathroom and strechting our legs a bit, we were back on the road. Not five minutes later though, Dante mentioned that he should've used the bathroom because now he had to go! Luckily there was a rest area only a 1/4 mile away, but to my spurise he totally passed the rest area and just kept drivin! When I asked him why he didn't stop he claimed he didn't like to use rest areas because they were gross and that he would rather just go outside... maybe its a guy thing, but I would much rather use a toliet. Anyways, so we had just barely gotten outside of Moab when we saw a graveled area to the right side of the road and Dante pulled off. He got out really fast and went to the back of the car to find some "toilet paper"... apparently this was going to be a longer pit stop then I thought. After about two minutes of waiting in the car Dante ran back and told me that I HAD to get out of the car to see something in the sky. It was 3:30 in the morning, freezing, and I was way tired, but after a little coaxing I got out of the car and started to scan the sky for whatever it was Dante was trying to show me. It was a clear night and you could see almost every star, the moon was bright and was relecting off of the snow capped mountains, but besides that I really couldn't see what Dante was trying to point to me, and at this point I was really wondering what was going on. I just stood there shivering in his arms until he told me to look down and I saw him holding a round Orange box. I think I felt my heart skip like 4 beats at this point... but I opened the box only to find another box within that one and realized that each box had a different word on it. There were six boxes all together and the message ran together to read: I LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY and when I opened the last box there was a HEART shaped pillow with a goreous ring tied to it! I don't know if it was because I was freezing or because I was so suprised, but my hands were shaking so badly that I couldn't even untie the ring from the pillow. But after help from Dante he took my hand, got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of eternity with him... and of course I said yes! I was so excited I couldn't stop smiling or looking at my ring... lets be honest, I still can't stop smiling or looking at my ring. And eventhough it was 4 am I definitely called my mom and roommates to share the amazing news with them!
We are getting married for time and all eternity May 9th, at 1 pm in the Portland, Oregon temple. I love this man so much and can't wait to spend the rest of my life with him!