I will apologize up front for the length and amount of excitement shared in this post!! It may be overwhelming, but I am still overwhelmed with joy myself about what I am about to write!

On Saturday, January 5, 2013 the most unbelievable thing ever happened to me: Leonard proposed!! Today is January 11th and I am still in utter shock and am unimaginably excited! Many people have asked me how he did it, so I will share the details here.

Leonard and I were hanging out, just watching TV at his parents’ house, when he came in the room and said, “Babe, you forgot to open one of your Christmas presents.” I was excited, as we had exchanged presents much earlier and I was wondering what else he could have gotten me. The box was wrapped in beautiful red paper with a gold bow and was about the size of a piece of paper, surface wise, but was much thicker. He told me I had to stand up to open the gift, so I did just that.

When I unwrapped the box, I found a beautiful memory box inside, the kind you would put pictures and other keepsake items in. I told him it was beautiful and he told me to open the box. When I opened the box, Leonard had a piece of paper in the place of a picture, and the paper read, “Your dad said yes…..So what do you say???” I did not believe it was really happening! I said “Noooo,” (in disbelief, not in response to the proposal 😉 So Leonard is on his knee and I am in complete shock, left speechless.

He told me to open the memory box as well, and when I did, the ring box was sitting inside, also beautifully wrapped. At this point, my mind is going crazy. I can’t believe this is really happening. I said, “Leonard, do not joke about this!” He replied, “Dez, I wouldn’t do that. I am serious. Will you marry me?” And he opened the ring box and the MOST GORGEOUS ring I have ever seen was sitting inside.

As anyone who knows me could guess, I began to cry. And by cry, I mean it was Water Works 2013 in the room. I was so overjoyed that I couldn’t even respond. So for the following approximately 7 minutes, Leonard remained on his knee, awaiting an answer, and I just stood there balling my eyes out. Finally he said, “Dez, what do you say?” And, of course, I weeped a strong, “YES!” I then proceeded to hug him, swirl him around the room, all while still balling my eyes out. His parents came into the room, and although his mom and I have exchanged some strong and powerful hugs in our time as mother-in-law and daughter-in-law, at that moment we exchanged the strongest and most emotional hug ever!! I still could not believe what was happening.

I already love each and every member of his family, and they have always treated me as one of their own, but I will OFFICIALLY be a part of the Richards family and I couldn’t be happier!! I also could not dream of a better person to spend my life with than Leonard. We are so excited and we feel so blessed to have such wonderful family and friends. The amount of love and support we have received from our friends and family as we announced our engagement is unbelievable.

We are both so blessed to be spending the rest of our lives together and to have the greatest support system ever. We cannot wait until our families become one family! Let the planning begin!! I have always DREAMED of planning my own wedding, and now it is a reality!! I hope my sisters are ready for LOTS of wedding talk, planning, excitement, crafting, etc.! I will remember January 5, 2013 for the rest of my life!

We are still waiting until we finish school to tie the knot, so it will most likely be sometime in the fall of 2015, as we love fall weddings, but still……..I’m SO excited and more than ready to begin planning!!


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