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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Crystal Cattle is getting hitched

A life changing weekend.

This weekend the Boy once again proved that I am the luckiest girl in the world by proposing. After a year and week long relationship we have move from the dating zone to the engaged zone, and if it wasn't for all the wedding planning and sorting out life details I am pretty sure we would get married tomorrow.
Jon and I at his family's sale last weekend.
We've been fielding questions all weekend about the details of how all it all went down. So I present you with our story.

I have been patiently waiting for a ring for a little while now. Jon (by the way that is the Boy's real name) instructed me last fall to go and look at rings and decide on a style I liked. At the time he thought he might propose when we traveled back for Agribition a cattle show in Canada, it was also going to be the first time my parents and Jon met. However, as our departure date got closer Jon decided it wasn't quite the right time, and he would wait. (I did not know any of these facts until recently).

Christmas went by, a trip to Chicago for New Year's went by, the Denver Stock Show went by, Valentine's went by, my Birthday went by, Easter went by, and no ring. My parents wanted to make a trip to see Jon and I this summer so I had surrendered to the fact that he would wait and ask my dad in person. That summer trip is actually next weekend. In my brain I had constructed a timeline that Jon will wait and ask Dad next weekend, and then if he has a ring it might be then, otherwise it would be sometime in June or July. Little did I know he had other plans.

I arrived in Iowa late Friday night and we decided to go see Hangover 2 (definitely recommend it). Before the movie started I asked Jon what was up, he seemed uneasy and anxious. Jon quickly brushed it off as nerves about my parents coming next weekend. Although, I reassured him that everything was going to go great, I understood his nervousness. (After the proposal he told me that he wasn't at all nervous about my parents coming, but he needed an excuse to cover up his nerves about proposing.)

Fast forward to the next morning. Jon and I headed out to the farm to feed the show cattle. After bucket chores, we hoped on the four-wheeler to go look at the pairs in the pasture. I was excited to look through all the calves at it had been a few weeks since I had seen them, and at this age the calves change so much each week. As the last cow crosses the creek, I asked Jon which cow that was, as she was looking pretty good - in Jon's words this sealed the deal since it was one of his favorite.


Jon said "hey" and I turned around to find him on one knee the grass. And that's when I am pretty sure my heart stop. I was not expecting at all. And then in such a romantic way I say "Are you kidding me" and give him a little push. It was a good are you kidding me, like you completely surprised me, I had no idea that kind of kidding me. The next part is a little blurry, somewhere in there he said will be marry me, I said yes, I said you should probably put it on my finger, I definitely had tears in my eyes. Just like that we were engaged, out in the field with all those Hereford cows - and it was perfect!


We didn't leave the pasture before we started calling friends and family. My side is estastic to have Jon joining our family, and I can't wait to be apart of his. Not too many other details have been discussed, other than we can't wait to start our lives together, and are so happy that we have the support of our friends and family.

43 comments:

  1. Beautiful ring - congratulations again! Have a great week and don't worry about details right now. Just take time to enjoy being engaged - you can take as much time as you want to set a date and plan the wedding. But you'll only be on this emotional 'we're engaged' high once in your life so enjoy it!

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  2. Congratulations! Such an exciting time in your life!

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  3. Thanks for the post! I think the world was curious. Gorgeous ring! And I agree with Brandi...enjoy the high as long as you can! :)

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  4. Big congratulations and best wishes Crystal. What is it about cattle people and proposing in the pasture? Sounds pretty similar to our story...here's some pictures of where my wife and I got engaged: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.667912575873.2300901.19225409

    Jon must be a keeper!
    Congratulations again and God's blessings.

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  5. Such a sweet story! Thanks for sharing not only your love story with Jon, but also your love story with cattle and agriculture. Your open personality and candid writing bring the story of an amazing ag girl to life! Congrats!!

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  6. Such a romantic story! That is just perfect...I couldn't see you getting engaged any other way. Just about brought tears to my eyes. Congratulations again to you both!

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  7. Great story! I love the part about "sealing the deal." LOL! Sounds like love to me :) Congratulations!

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  8. Congratulations! Such a sweet story, and beautiful ring! I also agree on the "wait a week" before making plans. Enjoy this time and worry about the next step later! :)

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  9. Congratulations! So excited for you two. Thanks for sharing your story - looking forward to watching the details unfold as you prepare for the wedding.

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  10. Congrats Girl!!! I am soo happy for you!!! Caleb proposed to me while we were out fixing a water gap...surprises like that are the best!!

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  11. What an adorable story!! Congratulations!

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  12. Congrats again Crystal. What a great story and great ring. All the best.

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  13. Congrats girl! This is such a sweet story. Can I assume that turquoise will be one of your wedding colors? :)

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  14. Congratulations Crystal & Jon!!! I love hearing about proposals, they are such a happy time in life. Wishing you two all the best!

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  15. Congrats!!! That was a great story - thanks for sharing! Can't wait to see the details of your weddings - I bet it will be beautiful!!

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  16. Congratulations!!! Planning my wedding is one of my favorite things I ever got to do. For me, especially because I got to do it with my Dad. Enjoy this time!!!

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  17. SO very happy for you and this next chapter of your life!! Let the wedding planning begin, but enjoy every minute! I know you will answer questions later but, where will you two live? Will you still work for Angus? xoxo

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  18. Congratulations to the both of you! :)

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  19. LSchellerMay 31, 2011

    Congratulatoins Crystal! The engagement story is precious. Best wishes and blessings to the pair of you!

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  20. Congratulations Crystal!!!

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  21. Congrats Crystal! The ring is beautiful and he did a wonderful job. :)

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  22. Congrats! What a beautiful ring! It is a wonderful time in your life! Enjoy!

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  23. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!!! So excited for you and Jon!!! Great story and I know that is just the begining of a fabulous life together and so many more adventures!!!!

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  24. Awesome proposal story! Congrats again!

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  25. Congratulations!!! Any ideas where you'll live?

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  26. Ahh congrats Crystal! I am excited for you and what a beautiful ring! Tell the Boy his proposal rocked...WOW! Happy wedding planning!

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  27. Congratulations!!!! What a great story, that is a keeper for the books. Have fun wedding planning and remember that the day is all about you, the boy and love!!

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  28. Thanks so much for all your kind comments!

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  29. What a perfect proposal! Seriously already forwarded it to my bffs to be sure that they know to inform any boy who plans to buy me a ring that I expect a proposal in a pasture filled with cows! Congratulations to you and Jon!!

    ~Tiffany

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  30. congratulations Crystal and Jon! couldn't be happier for the two of you, you are going to make an incredibly beautiful bride Crystal;) best wishes for a very happy and long life together!

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  31. Crystal, I get to celebrate 25 years with the love of my life in August!!! I am so excited for you and Jon. As Brandi mentioned the wonderful bliss of being engaged is a time to treasure. Just as in how Jon asked you to marry him, you both will find the perfect date for the wedding! Enjoy this time and all the wonderful years to come! My 25 years has been a wonderful journey and your journey together will be the same! May God Bless your journey together!

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  32. Congrats! So exciting. Enjoy the wedding planning and the ride of marriage.

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  33. Congratulations...may your lives be filled with joy and happiness~

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  34. Congrats on your engagement, Crystal! I love your blog. I see that you're from Alberta. I'm also a Cdn farm girl - from Manitoba. Check out my ag blog at http://ruralrouteramblings.wordpress.com/

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  35. Congrats! Now you have more to blog about! :)

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  36. Congrats again. Yeah Herefords we have Herefords too. B

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  37. Congratulations and all the best for the future.

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  38. Congratulations Crystal! You are going to be a beautiful bride! I wish you the best future together!

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  39. Congratulations!!!!!

    We got engaged over the weekend too! :)

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  40. Oh my! Congratulations a million times over to you, sweet girl! Your heart must be so full!

    All the happiness in the world to you and your new fiancée! :)

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  41. Oh how exciting for you guys! Congratulations and enjoy planning your wedding!

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  42. Crystal! I am so happy and excited for you! Congratulations!!!!! :)

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  43. Gracious...I am very excited for you and had no idea! You two make a lovely couple and what a wonderful family you are marrying in to! Best wishes!

    The Nolans!

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