Shannon here: Lorna Seilstad shares insight into her real life romance with an unusual proposal. Comment or answer the question at the end of the post to enter the drawing for a copy of Seven Brides for Seven Texas Rangers, a novella collection that includes Lorna’s title, More Precious Than Rubies. Deadline: March 10th, 11:59 pm central. Here’s Lorna:
Today, there is a lot of pressure on guys to create the perfect proposal moment. They arrange the occasion with every detail covered including someone to take video footage. There are even companies which specialize in helping some of the less romantically challenged fellows.
My husband’s proposal didn’t involve anything elaborate, and he didn’t even get down on one knee, but it had a charm all of its own. We were headed to Kentucky Fried Chicken for supper when he said he wanted to stop at a local park first.
This park was one of our favorite places and had a beautiful fountain. As we walked to the fountain, he was acting—well, a little odd. He asked what I thought of what Jane, his assistant, had said after I’d worked by his side during the last week. He worked for Extension, which meant he was in charge of the 4-H side of the county fair. At the end, his assistant said, “You’d better get a big diamond for all this.”
So, when he asked me that in the park, I just laughed. “Sure, I think big is good.”
I had no idea what he was thinking. He said, “So, if you were to ‘buy chicken’, when would you want to do it?”
Buy chicken? Really?
You have to know David to follow his bouncing verbal ball sometimes, and I’d had two years of practice. I knew what he meant.
“I wouldn’t want to wait for a long time. Less than a year.”
Then, sitting by the fountain, we planned the whole “chicken buying” experience from the date to attendants without using the word marriage.
In a quirky sort of way, it was very romantic, but David knew I’d want the other kind, too. Since he’d inherited a ring from his aunt with a marquis diamond, we had it put in a setting we designed. It would be perfect, but I had to wait, however, to get the ring.
Since I was living in my parents’ basement and teaching at the high school, I had to get up every day at 6 a.m. One day, he arranged with my parents to let him in the house at 5:30. He’d brought everything to make a breakfast tray, including a rose in a bud vase. While I was still sleeping, he set up the tray and put my engagement ring on it.
He then brought it down to my bedroom and woke me with the romantic surprise and slipped the ring on my finger.
Twenty-eight years later, we’re still “buying chicken” together.
About Lorna: Lorna Seilstad brings history back to life using a generous dash of humor. She is a Carol Award finalist and the author of the Lake Manawa Summers series and the Gregory Sisters series. When she isn’t eating chocolate, she’s teaches women’s Bible classes and is a 4-H volunteer in her home state of Iowa. She and her husband have three children. Learn more about Lorna at www.lornaseilstad.com.
About the collection – Seven Brides for Seven Texas Rangers:
While on the hunt for the Cass Markham Gang, seven Texas Rangers run straight into romance! With help from their commanding officer and his matchmaking wife, each man set up with a seemingly unsuitable bride who seems intent on ruining his future.
In Seven Brides for Seven Texas Rangers, sweet and fiercely loyal Violet Tatienne is the daughter of jeweler and a jewelry designer in her own right. After her father is injured in a debilitating accident, she’s determined to keep his store running. When he sends her to San Antonio to pick up a shipment of jewels, she promises to return with the treasures safely in hand.
About Lorna’s novella – More Precious Than Rubies: On the train, her first love, fun-loving charismatic Texas Ranger Whit Murray lands in the seat next to her. But when bandits attack the train, even he can’t stop the thieves from taking the jewels.
The two of them must work together to find the thieves. Even though their differences drive them apart, the meddling commander’s wife keeps pushing them together. Can they find the missing gemstones and still discover the real treasure is in each other?
Question for Readers: Do you have any pieces of jewelry with a special story? Please share your story gems.
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