I’m engaged!

Dear Jason,

This week we’re celebrating our tenth engagement anniversary. 

Of all my anniversaries, this one is my favorite. I can honestly say that I’ve never been happier than I was on that night. (As happy perhaps, but happier? No way.)

Considering the fact that you, my microphone-shy husband, who abhors public speaking and avoids stages and podiums in general, proposed to me in front of hundreds of kids and adults, during EFY, at the Wilkinson Center, in the room where we first met, there is no way I could have ever doubted your love and devotion to me.

I can still remember watching your beautiful cheek shake as you asked me to be your wife, you were so nervous (probably about marrying me). 


You are the man I adore. Seeing you  propose the way you knew I would love best (on stage in front of hundreds of people), even though it was your last choice personally, was the most awesome thing anyone has ever done for me in my life. 

And I want to thank you, sweetheart, for encouraging me to take a shower and look nice that day, since I was planning on showing up with greasy hair and workout clothes. No really, I am eternally grateful for a husband who is conscientious of my hygiene. 

You’re still the man who turns my head and holds my heart. My favorite sound is still the garage door at the end of the day, and I want nothing more than to put the kids to bed early so I can have you all to myself. Forgive me for following you around like a love sick seventh-grader, I can’t seem to help it. 

I  have loved nine of the last ten years with you (the first year of marriage doesn’t count, right?), and there is no one I would rather put down tile floor with, weed the yard with, or clean the kitchen with. To the man who makes his own Honey-do list every Saturday morning, and the father who lovingly plays with his kids first thing every evening, you rock my world. 

Happy anniversary, sweetheart. Thanks for asking.



  1. Hey-I went to EFY that year! But I don’t remember a proposal. Bummer-would’ve been cool if it happened while I was there:)
    If whoever I’m dating every proposed to me in front of a large crowd, chances are I’m saying no. I would die of embarrassment.

    Congrats-and Happy Anniversary!

  2. I love it. Everything you said, Jason is a great man. I am so glad I was there to witness everything that summer and the proposal was as sweet and fun and as memorable as can be. Happy engagement anniversary!

  3. Sweet!

  4. I barely even remember our wedding date, let alone any other date!

    Very sweet.

  5. Loved the pictures, especially the one that shows all the kids cheering in the background. How wonderful.

  6. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! What an awesome proposal! What a beautiful tribute!

  7. Happy anniversary Annie! Great post. Hope you guys have a great one.

  8. Well, I am so bummed that I missed that one! But I want it known that I WAS at the Wilkinson Center the year before when a certain EFY counselor, received some certain medical assistance from a certain EFY EMT. (I have the story right, right?) So let’s make sure we hear that one in Annie’s own words!

  9. Mmmm, happy-happy married people. You know I love that above all else.

  10. awwwwww!!! True lub!

  11. I hate guys like your husband, who set the bar so high, even if it’s only a foot off the ground.

    What has he done for you lately?

    Play with the kids, video games I’m sure.

    I wish I’d been there to see you all showered up and all.

  12. annie valentine says:

    Thanks Daniel. Considering the last few week’s he’s been so busy playing with bad guys we’ve hardly seen him, this is an especially gracious tribute from me.

  13. How awesome that your husband (to be) thought of a way that you would like best to be proposed to -including the hygeine. My husband (to be) pretended to drop the engagement ring over the edge of a huge cliff and then played the dunce for 20 minutes while I stood there wondering how I would explain to my grandchildren what an idiot their grandpa is.

  14. MM asked me to marry him whilst teetering on the edge of a cliff and I said yes as fast as possible because I didn’t want him to plunge 50 feet to the rocks below. Death by proposal. How romantic is that.

  15. What a guy to propose in a way that you’d love and he’d hate. You got a good one. Happy anniversary!

  16. Oh my gosh, Annie, that’s so completely sweet. What a man!

    That’s even better than the movie “Never Been Kissed” and the movie had a bevy of professional writers.

    Wonderful memory–Happy Anniversary! lymi

  17. My sister was a counselor that year!

    My oldest daughter is leaving on Monday for EFY in Provo. I’m a little verklempt… I never had the chance to attend EFY. Mostly because I’m as old as dirt.