My friends, Nick Coile and Linda Nowaski from the good 'ol Judson College (now University) Architecture program, are ENGAGED! I thought that I might spread the word along with Linda's lovely and amusing proposal story.
Forgive me if you received this already, my email is kicking back the mail I'm
sending out. Also I haven't included any pictures, I think that was part of the problem.
If you want them let me know.
Well folks, It's official, Nick and Linda are engaged!
I know, it's been a long time, most of you are probably saying "finally!", but
it has all been perfect timing, and I'm glad that we took matters slowly.
Nevertheless, I have been hankering for about a week not only to see Nick (the
last time we saw each other was at graduation, 5 months ago) but to be engaged,
maybe due to the fact that my sister got engaged one month ago and wedding
planning is exciting.
But the whole thing was completely a surprise for me, yes I knew it was coming,
but I didn't know when or how. Nick had flown out to Idaho on Sept 29th and was
staying with my sister's fiance, Alan. Then he went for a hike with my dad the
next day and asked for his blessing. So almost everyone in my immediate family
knew he was in town and I was completely clueless. Anytime I was talking to
Nick on the phone he had to keep playing dumb like he didn't know what was going
on at my house, even though after talking to everyone else in my family he
already knew every part of my day. I did wonder if something was going to
happen around this time because Nick and I had started dating on Oct. 1st, 4
years ago, and he did slip once and tell me he had taken work off on Monday,
which I thought was very strange. I thought he might be flying out on Monday,
but I never guessed he'd been in town for two days.
Well, I was talking on the phone to him on Sunday night and he was trying to
make sure I was staying awake until he got to my house. Alan dropped Nick off
in front of the neighbors house and when he got to my door he told me over the
phone to go to the door. Then he hung up the phone and knocked on the door.
Nick and I will joke like this sometimes, we'll say we're getting on a plane or
walking cross country to see each other, or "ding, dong, I'm at your door, ha
ha". So, I was a little confused and sort of freaked out. My whole household
had suddenly gone to bed, not that I noticed, and I thought it was either too
much of a coincident or there really was a crazy person out there. So, I crept
up to the door, and couldn't see anyone through the glass at first because Nick
was already on his knee. Well, I finally saw it was him, and opened the door.
There he was on bended knee at midnight on Oct. 1, our 4th year anniversary,
holding an open ring box up to me. "Linda Jo Nowaski, will you marry me?" he
said. The only problem was that there was no ring in the box. I thought that
he was going to do something else. I was grinning, and said "Yes!" Then he
went to get the ring and put it on me, and gasped "Where's the ring?!" At first
I thought it was a joke, but finally figured out it wasn't. He had lost the
ring somewhere! Well, at that moment I really didn't care, because I was just
glad to actually see him in the flesh after 5 months, and I was too excited that
I was actually engaged. So I made him give me good long hug, and then we went
So there we were, getting flashlights, me wrapping up in a blanket (there was a
very cold wind and I was in shorts), traipsing out looking all over mine and the
neighbor's yards, looking for that lost ring, and trying to keep quiet so we
didn't alert my family. We were both laughing so hard, and thought it was
hilarious, but with each minute passing Nick was getting more and more nervous.
He called Alan to come back, and when he got there, he found the ring in the
passenger seat. Then he got down on his knee again and held out the ring and
proposed again on the sidewalk. I of course said "yes", again, and the ring was
put safely on my finger.
We stayed up and talked for quite a while, and the next morning my twin sisters
were a little freaked out by the stranger on the couch (one of them after a talk
with my mom about how do you know who is the right person to marry, has now
decided that a little boy named Michael in her first grade class is the one for
her). Jamie, my sister, made Nick and I breakfast and we ate in front of the
fire. Then we surprised my grandparents with the news, and spent the rest of
the day together, looking at wedding sites, seeing a movie, and going out to
eat. Nick had to leave the next day at 6 in the morning, and I cried very hard
into my pillow the night before he left. But we will hopefully see each other
again in Dec. and for sure in Jan. when my sister and Alan get married. We are
planning on setting the date sometime in Oct. 2008, so I have a year to plan.
We will keep everyone updated as we know more about the actual date and future
planning. Thanks to everyone for your love and support over these last 4 years,
and please keep us in your prayers for the years to come, we sure need them!!
Love, Nick and Linda