We had planned a Saturday day trip to Harrisburg. So that Friday, we called it an early night so we could get an early start the next day. Saturday morning my mom woke me up around 9:30. She opened a little scroll that Jonny had written that explained that he and I wouldn’t be spending the day in Harrisburg, but that he had planned a special day for my mom and me instead. Then she handed me a white, satin photo album with only the first page inside that had pictures of both of our families.
At 10:45 I saw our friend’s car backing up the driveway. We got in, but he wouldn’t tell us anything! He drove us to Ruby Tuesdays, and inside the lobby was my mother-in-law holding the next page for my scrapbook. We had some lunch, and then got back in the car. Our next stop was in Milton, at a little beauty salon, where we found my three sister-in-laws sitting inside holding another page. After they left, my mom and I were pampered with manicures, pedicures, facials and hairstyling for the next two hours. Our “chauffeur” returned at 2:30 with my brother-in-law to pick us up. We dropped by the drive-thru at KFC for a quick “snack” and to pick up another two pages from another friend. After that, we headed to my old soccer field from high school, and found two more friends who handed me the next page for my book. Our next stop was at our church where we found my in-laws in our old youth room — and the next page for the scrapbook. The next stop was a little playground, where Jonny used to push me on the swings. More friends awaited with yet another page. We headed to the house where I grew up and found my dad in the back room (where Jonny and I had our first kiss) with another page. Finally, we jumped back in the car and headed to Tokyo Diner for some sushi/hibachi with another family of friends who gave me the final page to my scrapbook.
Only one more stop to go and I hadn’t seen Jonny yet!
It was about 6 p.m. when we pulled into the church’s parking lot and stopped out in front of the doors. The guys hopped out and told us to stay in the car. After a moment, they came back out to tell us that everything was ready. When I went into the sanctuary, I couldn’t really see anything, not many lights were on. As I walked up the front of the center aisle I saw a white chair with lit candles all around it. As soon as I sat down, the music and the lights turned on, and Jonny sang “I’ll be” (by Edwin McCain) to me. After he sang, he got down on his knee, and asked me to marry him. Of course I said “yes.” Then we danced to “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts and finally all end up back at my in-laws’ house for an engagement party.
Alissa Evans, Sunbury
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