Casey and Destinee- Christmas 2011

Hi. My name is Destinee and I am 18 years old. My fiancé’s name is Casey and we are also 18. We've known each other for about four years and have liked each other about that long but remained best friends until new years of 2011, when he asked my parents (on a ride home from a family holiday party) if he could ''court me'' <3 and we became officially together. This Christmas, I went over to his grandparent’s house for Christmas Day. The time came to open presents and Casey made it so mine would be last of all...(his family's tradition is to open them up one at a time and it takes a while because his family is pretty big) so it was a long wait- 3 hours!! Well, the time came when it was my turn to open my gifts from him. and the first one was a tear jerker (it was a Duck House heirloom grandfather who passed away on the 4th of July, would always give me one of those dolls every year for Christmas\birthday) and so it was very special <3 and surprisingly, buy the grace of GOD haha- I held it together! But then, this is where it gets interesting, He gives me this card to read out loud that said: Destinee, being with you has been the most amazing thing I have ever known! Every time we're together I learn and grow. Learning to love you and loving to learn with you is the greatest joy to me. You truly are precious. Like a beautiful morning flower. Thank you for being Destinee. Merry Christmas my love. I hope this new 9999 brings many beautiful opportunities’ for us. You are the love of my life; the only thing I ask of you is..... and I look up from my chair and he’s down on one knee holding the box, choking back tears, smiling, and says : ''will you marry me?'' and I received something so unexpected, so wonderful, and so beautiful from my best friend- a ring in an oak and curly maple box that he made himself, but more importantly- A promise and invitation to share the precious life of my precious best friend, my guardian angel, and the person I love most in the entire world <3