The Proposal : Let’s Merry!

December 12, 2011

As told by him….

Mindy has been harassing and hounding me for awhile about getting her a ring, so I at least had a hunch she would say yes when I asked. Now it was time to find out what kind of ring she liked, and think of how to pop the question.

When we first started talking about getting hitched we decided to go check out rings and see what kind Mindy liked and what fit her finger the best. We eventually decided on a solitaire for her tiny hands, I really liked the solitaires too so I’m glad she chose that style.

That was in the middle of summer so now fast forward to December. Mindy had just finished student teaching and was done with college! Since she had a couple weeks free I was telling to her come see me in Indiana. Little to her knowledge I wanted to ask her when she came, so I had to start brainstorming ideas on how to do this. We’re big coffee drinkers and I had gotten her a few coffee related gifts to try and throw her off the scent of a ring.

One of the ways she harassed me about asking her was by sending me pictures of Starbucks slogan for this holiday season. You’ll see a picture and read more about that below. They then had a holiday sale on some of their mugs, and one of the travel mugs happened to say “Let’s Merry” on it. I immediately bought that and knew what I was going to do with it. I then went out and bought the ring when she was actually on her way up to Fishers. 🙂

Here was my awesome idea from here; I packaged up her coffee gifts in a couple of different boxes, starting with the most boring (a package of filters for the Chemex), to the big reveal of the “Let’s Merry” mug. Before I was going to pop the question I had hid all of these gifts, including the ring, under a counter in the kitchen. I told her her gifts were there so she wouldn’t look while getting some cereal. She was apparently surprised I had the ring in there as well. As she says below I hid the ring box inside the “Let’s Merry” mug, one idea I had was to put beans in there and then put the ring in it but I thought better of getting the ring dirty.

As she opened that last gift I think she knew, but still didn’t want to believe it. She looked at me after opening the mug and shook it to see if anything was inside. The ring box fit in there just right so it didn’t jiggle. She then asked, “Is this a hint?.” For whatever reason I said maybe, but I then told her to open it and she had a big grin on her face when she finally knew what it was.

From there I took the ring back from her and asked her the question she had been waiting for. I even said, “I know you’ve been waiting a long time for this, so I better not keep you waiting any longer. Will you marry me?”

Of course you’ll find out below she said yes and the rest is history! Now we’re just waiting to get the ring back as it needed to be resized for her. 🙂

As told by her….

I drove to Indiana on Saturday (after my last semester of college had ended the day before) and planned to visit Ryan for a few days before we had to drive back to Missouri. My Mom asked before I left, “Do you think he will propose to you this week?” I replied with, “I really have no idea.”  We had been talking about it (er, I had been giving him a hard time) for the past 6 months and he knew what ring I wanted. I just didn’t know when he would finally buy it and pop the question. I was anxiously waiting and thought maybe, if I was lucky, it’d be at Christmas.

He told me he had Christmas presents for me and that he hid them under the kitchen counter with the cereal. Talk about trust! I didn’t peek – I’m not one for ruining surprises! I told him we should get wrapping paper so he could wrap them. He never wraps my gifts, but he agreed. On Sunday, we were busy all day, so on Monday we were able to get the wrapping paper when we were out shopping. The same day I kept seeing jewelry and bridal stores and giving him a hard time. He played along and it seemed that he still hadn’t bought a ring. I told him he was running out of time!

That night, he went into the other room to wrap my gifts. I started wondering if it could be… but then I thought, he wouldn’t put a ring under the counter where I could peek! I thought it was SO cute that he was in the other room wrapping my gifts (it’s the little things). I asked when I was going to open them and he said tonight. He said get the camera (which isn’t unusual for us)… but I started to get nervous.

He came out with three boxes. They were too big to be ring boxes. I sat on the couch and he was on the floor in front of me taking photos.  He said to start with a certain box so I opened it and it was…. coffee filters. For a coffee maker I didn’t have – so I knew the next box would be the new coffee maker. It was a Chemex, a new way of making coffee!  It was neat, but I was thinking… what could be in the last box? He was still taking pictures at this point and I opened the last box. He said to open the thing on the right first. It was a cute red Starbucks mug.

Next, was the gift on the left. It was a Starbucks mug that said “Let’s Merry.” The Starbucks slogan for the Christmas season that made me think “PERFECT” when I first saw it. I had hinted to him about it and thought to myself, that would be such a cute proposal if he put the ring inside the mug for me.

But when I took the mug out of the box, it didn’t feel like anything was inside of it. He didn’t say anything so I said… “Is this a hint?” He said open it up. THERE WAS A RING BOX IN THERE!

He set down the camera, took the box with a beautiful solitaire ring and asked the long awaited question on his knee… Will you marry me?  All I could say was YES as he slipped it on my shaky finger and then I hugged him for like 10 minutes!

It was so perfect. Just me and him. A proposal just like I imagined.

Afterwards, I asked him a million questions and then we started telling friends and family. We first sent the picture on the left to everyone, it’s a napkin ring. We then sent the picture of the real thing and told everyone it was for real! Everyone was so excited!

We’ll have more pictures later once we get the resized ring. We’ll keep you posted!

18 Responses to The Proposal : Let’s Merry!

  1. Michael Krapf January 4, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

    Congratulations you two 🙂

  2. Nour Sadek January 4, 2012 at 8:01 pm #


    • Mindy January 12, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

      Thanks Nour!!! 😀

  3. Sara Ray January 4, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    Those are some really cute stories… as I type through tears.
    Love you both dearly!

  4. Brittany Copeland January 5, 2012 at 11:54 am #

    Beautiful.  Tye proposed to me at our house, just us two. It was simple and perfect. Congratulations!!

    • Mindy January 12, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

      Thanks!  Aww, yes, I thought it was perfect too!

  5. Rahul Sharma January 5, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    Congratulations!!! both of you!! 🙂

    • Ryan Ray January 5, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

      Appreciate it Rahul! 😀

  6. Katie Beth January 5, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    LOVE this! Congratulations!

    • Mindy January 12, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

      Thank you!!! 🙂

  7. Sara Ray January 14, 2012 at 11:38 pm #

    Nice to see the ALL the pictures to a sweet story of love! <3

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