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Katierose & Nick - a whole new meaning to "falling" in love
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Katierose & Nick - a whole new meaning to


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It was the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, beautiful and sunny (for December in Texas at least) I awoke to flowers under my Prius with a note that said "somebody cares about you #bestdeeever" with that, I knew today was going to be a good one. I arrived at work at my normal time, looking through my email and stumble across THE sweetest and most heartfelt email from Nick with the perfect words ending with 1 John 4:16,and so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them". He had referenced this verse a couple of times the past week. (*Side note, it had been a very rough last couple of weeks for Nick and I, mostly because I was stressed from life and work things and taking the frustrations out on him and releasing anger towards him, all in the midst of planning this momentous perfect day-insert foot in mouth a bazillion times Katierose.) The plan was to leave my house by 12:30 p.m. to get to Rhome, TX where we would be skydiving by 1:30.p.m. However, this was going to be a stretch because of all the days this week, this one was the craziest day at work. Also, this was the third time we had to reschedule our skydiving "appointment" over the course of three months; we had bought a Groupon for it back in April and it had to be used by December 31st and this was basically the only day we could fit it in. I was frantically late to meet Nick because of a lunch appointment, but Nick completely kept his cool, nothing was going to get in the way of this perfect day! So off we went to Rhome, TX. On the way there, he even pulled out a bag of carrots with peanut butter (anyone who gets me knows this is THE way to my heart). As we reached closer to our destination, Nick expressed he was getting nervous about skydiving. I found it a little odd since I wasn't feeling nervous at all--I mean you're just jumping out of a plane for Pete's sake, and this was his second time. I didn't think anything of it...at the time. So we pull into "Cowtown Skydiving " this rickety little place with a shed, some old (looked to be) non-working propeller planes, a trailer/office and some little Chihuahuas running around...it was perfect! We get out of the car, ready for this sure to be memorable adventure before us, there we are met by "skydive Scott", the oz behind the curtain, we migrate tot he office to start signing our (literal) life away. I'm getting excited at this point. We chit chat with Scott for a bit about the day and all the craziness and roundabout things that he and Nick had to talk numerous times about with cancellations, pulling string, how terrible Groupon is, yadda yadda. I run to the car to grab our paperwork, when I come back in, I see the ending of Nick giving Scott a bag, I think nothing of it, but after Scott is going to "get all the equipment and plane ready to go" Nick explains that he had tipped Scott for coming in on a Monday and pulling strings for us to skydive that day (which he wasn't lying about) and the cash was in that bag, again, totally believed him, thought nothing of it. Then it's just Nick and I in the office filling out the paperwork that boldly says that we may die and we cannot sue the company, yadda, yadda (eeeep). Then the last paper is to fill out if we want video or stills while we skydive.... for $85 or $145?!???!!! After the price I had already talked myself out of NOT buying the stuff, and after some sly scheming and coaxing from Nick, I budged and got the whole thing (wonder why he thought I needed it). This is when we had a few minutes of waiting and I interrogated Nick about his nervousness, because, well, I hardly ever see him nervous and I thought it was humorous, and loved it! He reassured me he is the nervous one (and not me) because he had jumped out of a plane before and knows what to expect.... yeah, right. I totally bought everything he said! Then we met Kevin, our instructor/videographer/lifesaver. We suited up, Nick wanted to go first, so I allowed it. After watching him take off in the tiniest plane I have seen in all of my life, I start looking up at the sky for his deployment. The whole thing takes about 10 minutes, but when you are waiting for someone, whom you love, it feels like 10 hours! Nick landed perfectly--on his feet by the way--then, it was my turn! I say my good-byes and off I go, climbing into the seemingly tinier plane than what I had just described, trying to remember every single thing that Kevin had told me to do to ensure I wouldn't die. I say hello to the pilot, Skydive Scott, we get buckled in, and we're off. On the way up to 10,000 feet I was mesmerized at the scenery of Rhome, then came the interviews...Kevin asked me a few questions, "How are you feeling? Do you have anything you want to tell your family and friends? You ready for the best feeling ever?" I answered, smiling and excited, but nothing could have prepared me for what came next. "Alright, let's do this thing" are the words I hear and before I know it, I have my feet dangling out of the plane at 10,000 feet--this is the moment I officially started freak-out mode. All I could see was the ground...10,000 feet away from me, nothing stopping me, "1,2,3....". The next 90 seconds I was flipping, diving, screaming, swirling, and falling. it was the coolest thing ever! Kevin hoisted the parachute and there we were, soaring to the ground, I had survived! As I marveled in the beauty around me, Kevin had asked if I could see where we were going to land. Truth moment, I told him yes, really not knowing because I didn't want to miss seeing all of the sights around me by looking down a ton. We inched closer and closer to the landing pad, and he asked me again, so this time I actually did search for it. I noticed what looked like a white tarp on the ground, but thought that it had been there before and I didn't pay any attention to it, I mean, I have glasses for crying out loud, my vision isn't 20/20. We got a little closer to the ground and that's when I noticed there was actual writing on the sign. At that point, I wondered if I had gotten enough oxygen to my brain during the 10,000-foot drop because I thought it read, "will you marry me". I blinked a few times; we got closer, reality hit. It DID say, "Will You Marry Me, K Rose?" I immediately could not contain my actions, my legs were flailing, my mind racing, and all of the sudden, and I had forgotten how to land. After I managed to free my leg (which had gotten caught from my failure to land properly) I was released from the harness by Kevin, who was capturing the entire thing on video by the way, I meet Nick ... with a Goodwill bag in hand. Yet another side note for anyone who knows me, I thrift, hard. He pulls out the most perfect ring, gets down on one knee and asks the most important question a girl can hear, "Will you be with me forever". I answer, "of course". Then, after all of the lovey-mushy-gushy kidding and hugging, I hear the story of how he mischievously schemed this concoction! I was completely surprised and taken back at how he had taken the time to plan every single small detail, down to the ring size (which he got from a twisty-tie we had jokingly played with over a year ago he kept) and asking my dad for permission them morning of. Not because that was unlike him to scheme something crazy like this, but because it was December 21st, and for a high school band director that means zero extra time--especially with NO help at all. He wanted it to be a surprise, so there wasn't any room for spoiling...and he succeeded! Oh, and remember that verse he had been mentioning for the past week(s), inside the ring engraved was "1 John 4:16". God is love, and I am blessed to know that I get to experience this love with Nick for the rest of our lives.

Signed,
Falling all over again, all 10,000 feet of it :)
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