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Kelly and Ellen

We are engaged!

Posted December 30th, 2008 by Ellen Hampton
Categories: Engagement, Our Story

Picture taken shortly after our engagement

On a trip to Austin, TX on December 20, after lunch and some Christmas shopping/browsing, we were hoping to find a tea shop where we could have a nice hot cup of tea, maybe a scone or muffin and where we could sit down, relax and do some reading. We had been keeping journals ever since we started dating and we had planned on swapping them for the first time and reading through what we had written to each other.

Well, we found a tea shop, but unfortunately they didn’t have a sit down tea service. So we got some sample teas in to-go cups and sat on the front porch of the store, where there was a table and a few chairs. Fortunately, after a couple of chilly “winter” weeks in central Texas, the weather was beautiful: mid-70s and sunny. We drank our tea and read our journals, which were full of all of the delights of discovering and falling in love with each other.

Ellen reads faster than Kelly, so he told her to wait to read the last entry he had written until he had caught up. When he had finished her journal, Ellen read Kelly’s last entry, which he had written the week previous during his camp out/reflection time at the beach. At the end of the entry, Kelly had written “Will you marry me?” Ellen replied “Yes!” (Afterwards Kelly asked out loud as well, and just for good measure Ellen asked Kelly too! Everything was answered in the affirmative…)

Ellen is not an engagement ring-y type of person, so we decided to each give the other engagement presents. Kelly gave Ellen a beautiful antique print (from 1926) of a photo of a the cloisters of a Franciscan monastery in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Ellen gave Kelly handmade compass from an artisan on etsy.com, engraved on the back with the last two lines of Walt Whitman’s Song of the Open Road - “Will you give me yourself? will you come travel with me? Shall we stick by each other as long as we live?”

Kelly's gift to Ellen

Ellen's gift to Kelly