A friend of mine was wondering what happened to Take 1, so I thought I may as well put up the sequence of events. Aaahhh the wonders of technology. Well, that's all I got....nothing else in the secret goody bag of how it all happened :D
The Unaware Tourist
Monday, August 10, 2009
Aawwwww this would be better in person, but with so many of you I think I may run out of breath.
Spring semester has ended and while I have not completed my DArch project I have passed 3 of 4 Forms toward being technically awarded my DArch degree. This allowed me to participate in the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa Spring 2009 Advanced Degree Commencement ceremony. Rob is also participating in the graduation ceremony as well. So both our families were in town to celebrate with us.
It was absolutely crazy busy with so many loved ones, cheering for us, but at the same time we were hosting them on their trip out here. It was a whole weekend of people, People! PEOPLE! and it didn't slow down even in the following week.
I had already known Rob would ask my dad's permission for my hand in marriage during this visit out to Hawai`i. And that is as much as I suspected in any further development in our relationship for the time being, especially since I was still trying to complete my project work at school.
Then next week, my brother Steven, was participating in the Hawai`i 70.3 Ironman Triathlon at Kona, Big Island. So my family and I, Rob and his friends all went to cheer him on (Whoohoo! Go Steven - the IRONMAN) and again, see some of the attractions of the Big Island.
Going backwards in time for a moment, the first year when Rob and I first started seeing each other we went with a group of friends to Big Island and visited Akaka Falls National Park. Rob had found out about a hidden waterfall off the marked trail area. That year we had hiked our way down the steep path and found the most perfect waterfall I have ever seen!
Now, to 2009 and reaching the end of our time to host everyone from out of state. I was tired and worn out from trying to map out each day's events and flex with whatever may happen.
I have a tendency to regularly jepardize Rob's surprises that he has in store for me. We had plans one day to go see a number of waterfall locations, including Akaka Falls. (you can all see where this is going) However, Rob had recently developed up an ear infection and I was trying to compromise the plans to go to Akaka Falls with taking Rob to the health clinic. Of course least to my knowledge he had other ideas in mind for what his goals were that day. He whispers to my cousin, Jeanine, with urgency. "We have to go to Akaka Falls. I'm going to propose to Jen there!"
Of course, Jeanine comes to the rescue and says, "Okay, let's go! We're going to Akaka Falls first today!" I was just happy to hear someone take the reins and lead the day's events. I was slowly losing ability to map out ideas.
So Rob says to me, "Jen, we haven't had much time to just spend with each other over the last two weeks with everyone in town. Let's ditch everyone and just spend the time and hike together when we reach the park." I agree.
We get to the park and my innate hosting habits start up again and I tell Rob, "Wait, we need to wait for everyone." as I look to see the group lagging behind. He responds, "Jen! We're going to just spend this time together." I'm like, "oh yeah ;)" So we go on our merry way.
We both know we want to find that waterfall again and quickly head in that direction. As we're hiking down. I'm still all tired and really even sleepy. I'm sweating, mosquitos are biting me, its just kinda an ick feeling hiking in tropical areas :) We're holding onto damp tropical tree branches in order to keep from slipping and as we reach the bottom, its like a little red alert clicked in my mind and I thought, "Hmm....this is a sentimental place for us and I can feel the heightened possibility." But I let it pass, I had thought even before Rob wouldn't propose until everyone had returned home and our lives went back to the routine day and maybe over the summer he may plan some kind of surprise.
So da-ta-da-ta-da....We find a good spot to see the view and Rob tells me to get my camera out of my super awesome Dakine backpack and record the view and tell the story of our hike and previous visit. I love taking photos and stuff, so of course immediately pull out my small digital camera and look around. As I'm panning across the view noting the foot of the waterfall and the really steep hike we got all dirty climbing downs I continue moving to the left to take in the sight of the waterfall and instead see in my peripheral vision Rob on bended knee looking up at me.
I got so nervous, all I can think is, "just keep recording! just keep recording!" So I recorded the waterfall and pointed it out in the video and then looked down at Rob and said, "I should probably turn this off now huh?" and he nods yes.
So there you have it! Rob said how much he loved me and asked if I would be his wife.
and I said, "YES!"
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Let me first say !!YAY!! I'm sooooo blessed and super excited to say, "I'm engaged to Robert Guinn!"
I always have to thank God because my life is so fully of blessings, joy and delight!
So here is the background story. I decided to attend the University of Hawaii at Manoa in the fall of 2006. It may seem like, that wasn't a hard decision because most people say, "Hawaii? You're going to grad school in Hawaii? Are you sure you're going for school or the beach?" I'd like to plead the 5th and declare that I came to pursue a Doctorate of Architecture degree which UHM is the only accredited School of Architecture in the United States that awards this degree.
I came with two weeks to find a place to live. My mom and I were together on this hunt in this semi-foreign land of Hawaii and after the first week there was still no luck. We were encouraged to visit some of my extended Filipino relatives during those two weeks. I was growing impatient with the thought that I'm attending a BBQ with family I've never met before and I still don't know where I'm going to live. At my wits end, God always likes pull a curve ball.
At the BBQ, where everyone was Filipino local or "FOB", stood out two caucasian american guys sitting with our group eating Kalua pork, and I'm just observing how they just stick out of the crowd. One man just so happen to be the housing director for another major Hawaii university. He directed me to some new off-campus student housing, called The Ohia, that was just opening up that fall.
It always tends to be the case, when worry ceases and I give up trying to push plans through, things work out perfectly.
So the next day, my mom and I went out to check The Ohia which was located right in the center of Waikiki. Upon entering the building, we were taken on a tour with a couple of swedish students and a couple of guys, Ben and .....Rob :)
At the end of the tour I asked Rob, "So are you guys going to move to this place? I've looked everywhere and with only a week until school starting I think this would be the best bet for decent housing."
Rob said nothing.
My response was, "okay..." and went along to filling out the lease for my room.
Ben on the other hand was all talktive and wanting to meet new people. Rob disappeared somewhere and my mom and I had to leave for the evening. So I told Ben the best of luck to both of them in finding a place. My mom and I went on our way.
Obviously I thought I may or may not ever see those guys again, but they did move into The Ohia too.
Long story short - my roommate Ping and I became friends with Rob, Ben, Chun yu and a handful of others in the building. Since The Ohia had just opened as student housing, we all found friendship with each other and adventured Hawaii. Almost every Saturday a large group of us would do some outdoor activities, like hit the beach, hike, snorkel, etc. A number of us went to New Hope Christian Fellowship - Oahu. Rob and I amongst many others in the building filled, our friend Cristie's, SUV packed for church every Sunday. When I say packed I mean, 2 people in the front, 4 people in the back, and two people sitting in the trunk :)
(Fast forward through time)
All of this brought Rob and I together and now 3 years later we are engaged.
That's how Rob and I met, became friends, dated and now we are engaged.
Life is orchestrated and there are several other fun and exciting stories I could share about the relationship Rob and I have grown to have over the last few years, but then I would be writing a novel.
So for those who would like to know how Rob proposed I will share that in another post. For now I should get back my Doctorate of Architecture project as I am in the last stretch to finishing. Obviously life brings many wonderful distractions :)
Next post - "Rob's proposal"
I love and miss you all!
Pray and wish me luck as I strive to finish and then return to the mainland!
In HIS steps,