Proposal Story #6) Three More Blocks Left

First I want to thank you for taking the time to learn a little bit about me and the love of my life. My husband has been an absolute inspiration to me and I love sharing my story to the world to give hope that love is still in existence. I am only 25 yrs old and as a clueless 5th grader, back in grammar school, looking into his eyes for the first time I didn’t know what I had and that I was really looking into our future together. He was about 7 inches shorter than me and had just moved to my town from a near by city. His name was Justin and it all began when asked by a few other boys in the classroom, after only being the new kid for a week, which girl he wants as his first girlfriend…He pointed to me. For the next 8 years he would ask me to be his boyfriend via email, aim, notes (which I have all kept), phone calls, and just showing up on my front lawn. He asked me to every dance and for whatever reason I never would take our friendship to the next level.  

Fast forwarding to 5 years out of high school we lost contact and he googled my name online and found my email. He emailed me and after hanging out only one day I told him the scariest thing about us spending time together is that I know now that I will marry you someday. He didn’t know what to do. To this day I don’t know what hit me, but I knew this man would forever change my life. After dating only 10 months I had invited him for his Birthday to the Boston Symphony Orchestra for the evening. He was already late and I was getting angry because I hate being late and we needed to beat traffic. The door bell rang and a man in a tuxedo answered. I looked behind him only to see a white Chrysler stretch limo in my front yard. I was all dressed up and ready to go and this strange man on my porch was telling me he was instructed by Justin to take me to Boston. So I sat in the back of the limo by myself and rode all the way to Boston (about a 1hr trip).  He had left me a scroll that had simply said “don’t call me, I know you want to. I will see you soon, I love you.” Once there, the limo pulled up to the Coply Plaza Hotel which had a red carpet stretched out to the sidewalk. Justin walked out onto the carpet towards the limo in a suit with a dozen roses. He took my hand and whispered “I love you” in my ear. We walked inside and sat down to the most exclusive and elegant dining experience I have ever had. After dinner he called the limo guy up and the car was, once again, waiting outside. We then went to the symphony which was incredibly intimate and romantic.  

It was a Tuesday night about 11PM and I knew we had to be heading home soon because I had just started a new job and had only been there for 2 days. I couldn’t be late or exhausted for my third day. He said ok lets head home but first would you like to get some ice cream. Everyone that knows me knows I never pass that up. So he instructed the limo driver to a certain ice cream place which happened to be where we had our first date. He pulled the car over and we hopped out. I was so busy trying to find the ice cream place that I couldn’t hear Justin asking me to follow him over to this tree that had a river of tulips surrounding its trunk. The tree was lit up with sparkling lights and the site actually took my breath away. It was mid spring and the air was chilly so Justin handed me his coat and directed me beside the tree. Justin then took the ring from the coat pocket and bent down on one knee. He said, “Do you remember this tree?” I of course said, “Not really” he said, “On our first date when I saw this tree I remember thinking ‘Great we only have 3 more blocks to walk before we reach the car and I really want to hold her hand,'” and he did. He grabbed my hand and for the first time in my life I felt like the puzzle of my life had finally fit perfectly into his palm. He said, “Lisa, I have never loved anyone the way I love you and I want you to be my wife forever.” He opened the ring box and there it was. My gramma’s ring. My best friend/Gramma had passed away just 2 short years prior and he had her first engagement ring remade to fit perfectly onto my finger. Tears filled my eyes and I knew I would never forget how I felt that very moment. The night ended with Justin saying that we were really heading home only to find out he had rented a hotel room in the Copley Plaza, where the night had started, and had already arranged for me to show up late for my third day on the job. He called my boss and explained everything.  

We have been married now for 6 months and I love him more now than I did that night he proposed to me. He says he always knew what he wanted, he was just waiting for me to see what I was missing in him. He says, “You may think you won the battle but when I got you, I finally won the war.”


Proposal Story by:

Lisa Rauer

North Dighton, MA


The founder and president of Diamond Cutters International, is one of the worlds top diamond experts, as well as a three-time Guinness Book record holder in jewelry design.
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