Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Treasure Hunt

Saturday morning Doug had planned a special date for us. He had told me earlier in the week that he was mailing me something, and not to open it- it was for Saturday. Friday's mail came, and nothing. Saturday he came over for breakfast and couldn't believe it hadn't come. I told him he should not have left our date in the hands of the USPS! So we had breakfast and he suggested I check the mail again. Our mail usually arrives after noon, and it was around 9:30, but I checked and it was there!
And inside the envelope was a treasure map!
We let love lead us and it led to a nature area. We got out of the car and walked down the trail and came to a kayak. And Doug rowed me across a lake to a tiny island.
We got to the island and Doug led me to an area where he had set up some tiki torches and a hammock
He said part of the date involved trust, and he asked me to sit on a blanket and he blindfolded me (I put one in my mouth and made jokes) I could hear all kinds of rustling noises around me and kept asking if he was surrounding me with fritos.
When he took the blindfold off, I was surrounded by, not fritos but, 6 dozen roses and he was kneeling over me. And he said, Anne I took you on a treasure hunt today, but you are the true treasure - will you marry me? And I said yes :)
Next he hands me a shovel and tells me to dig. And I dug up a package he had buried containing 34 pages of our facebook messages from when we started talking again last fall along with a couple love letters. We laid in the hammock and read together
And Doug used his tripod to try to get one of us together. Not so easy to set up the camera, and try to run and hop on a hammock in under 10 seconds!
I felt like the Bachelorette with all my roses
Doug will you accept this rose?
He did. He did.
We enjoyed a picnic lunch and then packed up and headed home to share our good news.
Doug first told his parents that I said "no" and when I called my parents I told them we had gotten married that day. Since he had already talked to them and knew the plan, I felt like they needed to be surprised by something!
Becks was surprised to hear the news
But he soon accepted it
On our first date Doug had given me keys to lockers in our town's skating center which held roses, and letters. And that day he again gave me two locker keys. We attempted to go to the skating center, but it was closed, and missed it again the next day too! I joked to Doug that the locker would become our personal time capsule and we'd return on our 25th anniversary, but the next day the place was open so I went and opened my lockers.
I can't even say how happy I am for how God has moved in my life and blessed me with such a wonderful man to spend the rest of my life with.


  1. Awwwwww so cute!!! Glad I finally got to hear the story firsthand!! So happy for you both!

  2. YAYAYAYA! I just love this story and love the two of you together. So excited for you guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. CONGRATS ANNE!! Been following along on here and couldn't be more happy for you! May God bless you two with the best of unions!!!

  4. Huzzah!

    AM you left out a funny part where when he told you to dig, you started to dig in the loose pile of dirt that was clearly dug up like the day before, hahahaha

    What a great plan by Doug and I'm very happy to welcome him into the family! So happy for you and God has really blessed your patience and rewarded all the hard learnings over the last couple years.

    Also, I thought I might know where this mystery map (from 1886) took place,,-83.180242,17z
    but none of those little lakes look like they have islands! WHERE DID LOVE LEAD I SAY!?!


    1. Nice sleuth work, it was in that bald mt park :)

  5. awwww what an awesome story and such a happy ending to the path of renewal God has been leading you. Woohoo! Time to start a new path with God AND Doug! Yay!