How did you two meet?
We formally met in freshman year, but Cody first noticed Ann in the hallways in middle school. From that point on, he knew she would be a very important part of his life.
How did the proposal happen?
I can describe our proposal in one word: rules.
Let me start from the top. Ann and I met in high school. We fell hard and fast for each other, and went through a lot together. When times were tough, we’d tell each other 3 things we were grateful for. As we stayed together through graduation, she wanted rules for when I could propose. I agreed. The first (of many) was to wait until we had entered college. Then it was after we graduated college. And then, it was after her first year of teaching. Rules. Lots of them. Between the rules and her sleuthing abilities, I had my work cut out for me. There were more than a couple times where she blew my best laid plans. After a couple of years and several attempts, I finally figured out the best plan yet. The idea was to take a hiking trip to Mt. Eerie. Ann and I would visit several viewpoints, with the last one being “the spot.” As it turned out, the evening before we were supposed to go, Ann got buried into her work. This wasn’t going to happen. I called her sister, and explained the situation. She called Ann and arranged an emergency sister sleepover. The next morning, she and Ann left early for a hike to Mt. Eerie. I had walked her sister through the trail I had planned for Ann, so they saw all the incredible views I had hoped Ann would see. At the end, Suzie gave Ann just enough of a nudge to check out “some random gear left by a hiker.” They stumbled upon my jacket and some roses (this was something I had done for her when we were kids). I came around the side of a rock and offered Ann my arm. I lead her to “the spot” where I had music playing with candles lit, rose petals scattered, and friends with cameras nearby. We danced together to the lyrics, “I wanna see the world, the way I see the world with you.” A friend stopped the music, I dropped to a knee, told her 3 things I was grateful for, and asked her to marry me.
If we bumped into you on a relaxed weekend, what would you be doing?
If you bumped into us on a weekend, we would most likely be out with friends or on an adventure! We have a habit of getting in our car, and letting the road take us where it may.