On 15 May, 2008, Derek asked me to marry him!
During our adventures in Europe, we spent time in Italy. Let me add that the best thing isn’t Italian food. Nope it’s not wine or pasta – it’s gellato! As for sight seeing, we went to Trevi Fountain and the Colliseum. No tourist — et surtout pas un touriste catholique — would go to Rome without a visit to the Sistine Chapel. While we were touring the Chapel, Derek a glissé une bague sur mon doigt.
We realized that the engagement would be lengthy with each of us returning to our home countries. Mais nous savions que nous serions ensemble. We Skyped frequently, wrote letters while he was active duty military and unable to Skype, and then began the process of moving us both to Oklahoma City for graduate school.