I normally like to write the content for my blogs but sometimes the stories my couples have are better than my own. And with that, here's Jeannie and Jayme's:
We met in the summer of 2010 when a mutual friend ask me (Jeannie) to join the North Dakota team in the Senate Softball League. We were both working for the North Dakota delegation in the U.S. Senate, but in different offices and had never met. Jayme impressed me at that first game with her home run hits.
After the game the team went to a bar and we started talking. We realized we lived within a few blocks of each other and so we started hanging out outside of work and softball. We didn't start dating right away.
In fact, it was several months before we went on anything that looked remotely like a date and more than a year before it was "official". But the time we took getting to know each other paid off!
Christmas has been one of our favorite times of year to spend together as a couple. We think it's a great time to reflect and since we started dating we've collected Christmas ornaments on our travels. That way, we can relive these wonderful moments each year when we decorate our home. We have also always celebrated by going out on a very special Christmas date.
This year, Jayme planned a great one. We met after work on a Friday. Jayme showed up with two brand new travel coffee mugs (in Christmas colors) full of a special hot chocolate cocktail. We needed them because our next stop was to a local lights display set in 95 acres of botanical gardens. We strolled through the lights, then went to dinner at a French restaurant in Old Town. (If you haven't enjoyed Old Town at Christmas, you should. The decorations are beautiful and give even more charm to the historic area.
After an amazing dinner, we opened presents at home. The last one I opened was a small box under the tree. Much to my surprise, it was........a pony tail holder bracelet. Not one to show disappointment, I acted thrilled. But then, Jayme said I forgotten to check my stocking. Inside was a larger box, with a Christmas ornament. It was of two penguins skating and it was engraved to say, "Marry Me?" When I looked up, she was down on one knee (she'd hidden the ring in her Santa hat).