{Our Story} How The Boy Popped The Question

For those of you who don’t yet know, yesterday something incredibly magical and life-changing happened for me: The Boy & I got engaged. And for those of you who don’t know, The Boy’s real name? Jason. Let’s call him “J.”

And now for the million-dollar question, How did he do it? Well ladies (and gents), I’m about to tell you…

On Friday evening we were out in Rockport celebrating our beautiful friends Ross and Megan’s wedding. While we were dancing (and perhaps after a tad too much wine), J asked me if I’d like to go for a run with him in the morning on the Charles before we took off for his mother’s 60th birthday celebration.

I immediately laughed at him and teased him for suddenly showing such interest in exercise. While he most definitely works out from time to time, usually I’m the one pushing we go on runs together more often. He snapped back at me that it’s only going to be fall for so long and we should take advantage of the weather while we can. So I agreed.

The next morning I woke up exhausted and somewhat hungover. J was no longer in bed, so I went to look for him and found him stretching in the living room. “Ready for our run baby? I already brewed the coffee!’

With eyes half shut and hair in my face, I told him he was crazy and that I’d rather go back to bed. But after a bite to eat and some coffee, suddenly a river run was sounding quite enticing.

So we set out for our Saturday morning run…together…both not feeling 100% but forging through. I noticed when we just crossed over to the Charles that J had his hand in his pocket a couple times & some suspicion set in but I brushed it off and thought, “No way…you’re just over-thinking things again Rachel!”

As we came around the small bridge bringing us closer to the water, J tripped and took a major digger. “Ouch, my ankle!” “Are you OK?” I replied back as I continued to jog in place. And he just kept shouting “My ankle!” Then he said “My wrist, I mean my ankle!”

So I walked a little closer to him, and he grabbed my hands, got down on one knee and told me he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. Then he popped the question…right there in front of my favorite weeping willow tree on the Charles River…overlooking Boston. The city we love. The city that brought us together. He had been waiting to take me to that tree until he proposed.

I said yes.

Runners passing by began shouting and cheering for us as we embraced under my special spot. It was absolutely perfect, more than I ever dreamed of it to be.

The most special part of the story is that he proposed on his mother’s birthday, who for those of you who don’t know has been coping with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease for several years now. This year, her husband (J’s step-father) threw a beautiful party for her to celebrate her 60th birthday among 120+ friends and family.

To be there with her, sharing the beautiful day with so much laughter, love and good food, was more than I could ever ask for.

Feeling so much love & joy right about now.

17 Responses to “{Our Story} How The Boy Popped The Question”

  1. Glenneth Says:

    CONGRATS!!! What a beautiful proposal! And the ring is gorgeous!

  2. Jolene Says:

    Aww!!! I LOVE how he proposed!! that is so perfect and beautiful and I love that he did it on his mother’s birthday too. I am so sorry she is going through Alzeimer’s at such a young age. That is so sad. XOXO, congrats again, much deserved!!

  3. Rachel @Healthy Chicks Says:

    @Glenneth @Jolene Thanks, ladies!!! xo xo

  4. Caitlin Says:

    this is the CUTEST STORY EVER. and the running proposal – so healthy, so you! i bet your dad is over the moon excited ๐Ÿ˜€ i hope i see him in daybreak this week!

  5. Rachel @Healthy Chicks Says:

    @Caitlin Ha, he’s on cloud 9! Already got the whole wedding planning going on ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Jil @ big city, lil kitchen Says:

    Adorable!!! So happy for you both!!

  7. Robin Says:

    Congratulations – I had heard this on Saturday when I went to get my hair done!! I am so happy for you!!! Very romantic – choked up when I read your story. I wish you happiness forever!! Did you set a date??

  8. Rachel @Healthy Chicks Says:

    @Jil Thanks love!

  9. Rachel @Healthy Chicks Says:

    @Robin He sure did a great job – Mr. Romantic. We’re thinking Oct 2014 but no exact date set yet!

  10. Desiree Says:

    So happy for you and Jason! What a beautiful and exciting time for you! Enjoy being a bride to be ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Rachel @Healthy Chicks Says:

    @Desiree Thank you so much Desiree- it’s a very special time indeed ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. christina Says:


    Congratulations! I am so ecstatic for you! Since I have worked with you I have been practicing my intentions and feeling true joy. You deserve all the happiness in the world! Wishing you and J the best!

  13. jamie sharratt Says:

    I LOVE THIS!!!!! I AM BOOKMARKING IT!!!!!!! love you rach!!! Xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

  14. Rachel @Healthy Chicks Says:

    @Christina Your comment just made my day! I’m so glad you are continuously finding joy in your life. Thanks for the warm wishes ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Rachel @Healthy Chicks Says:

    @Jamie And we love YOU! Can’t wait for the wedding!!!!

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