Trevor and I had been dating for almost a month when I knew I wanted to marry him. I know crazy! But this is kind of how I have always lived my life. We didn't make any plans that soon to get married though. We wanted to date for awhile and prepare ourselves to go to the temple first.
The summer of 1999 we really started thinking about marriage though. We had been dating for pretty close to a year now and we knew (or hoped) that the time would be soon that we could go to the temple and didn't want to wait too much longer after that. We had been looking at rings all summer and I was getting really antsy. What girl wouldn't though. We had picked out the ring and it was all about waiting for the right time I guess.
This was a busy summer for us. I had just bought my little red race car and was loving it! We were busy working at Snowbird and were loving it too. We were playing lots and just planning our future little bits at a time.
September 9, 1999 (9/9/99......9 years ago today) I had a friend that was getting married. I was supposed to go be his best man (This is a story for another time.) and I had planned on leaving work for a little while so I could go. I was all dressed up and quietly working at my desk when the Canyon Police Officer (that I knew really well by the way) came to my desk and started asking me questions about my cute new car. Since I was obsessed about my car I was happy to answer every question he had. Here is kind of how the conversation went....
Officer - Hey so you just got a new car huh?
Me - Yea have you seen it? It's awesome!
Officer- I have seen it actually. When was the last time you saw it.
Me- A little confused- I drove it up here this morning. WHY?
Officer- Well, we have reports of a crashed car down the canyon that we believe that it was stolen. Two young men were seen running from the scene.
Me- My heart racing- That really sucks!
Officer- Well, we ran the plates and it is your car.
He is VERY lucky that I didn't pass out right then and there! (Or that he didn't hear me swear!) He told me he was there to take me to the scene and to make a report. I tried to find Trevor but he wasn't at his desk. I couldn't get a hold of him so I just left with Mr. Officer. I got in his truck just shaking! I was so scared for what I was going to find. He was trying to ask me questions and make me feel better as we drove down the canyon.
Half way down the canyon at White Pines Campground I see 2 ambulances, 2 fire trucks and 7 cop cars all scattered all over the place with their lights on. We parked a ways back and I couldn't really see what was going on. As we walked up there were people everywhere! I then turned to my right and there was my car. Crashed down in the trees and smoking. There were a few fireman hosing off my car so they wouldn't let me get close. I stood back and starred at my car. I couldn't see the front of it since it was down off the road and in the trees, and smoking like mad. I couldn't believe it! The officers and other people that were around were trying to have me answer questions. All I wanted to do was go check out my car. They finally said that the fire was out and I could go check to see if I could get anything out of it before they take it away.
I walked up to it and opened the door, when I saw the cups of dry ice on the ground making it really smoky, my mind started to race. Before I could put any thoughts together I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned around. One of the fireman, in full fire gear was there behind me. Since he had a mask on I couldn't tell who it was or what he needed, Without saying anything at all he got down on one knee, took of his mask and pulled a ring out from his pocket.
I am not totally sure what he even said to me that day 9 years ago, but when he asked me to marry him and spend the rest of my life with him I knew with all my heart that is what I wanted. Everyone cheered and clapped, it was quite the moment.
I am still amazed the he got so many people to play along with his plan. It sure makes for a memory that I will never forget and a story that is really fun to tell. The only problem is he jinxed that car.
Two years later, almost to the day, my little red sports car was actually stolen. But it was by a bunch of scum bag kids. It was exciting too but in a much different way. Sadly I had to get rid if it after that.
Happy 9 year anniversary of our engagement Hubby!