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I’m Engaged! My New Life Begins

As of yesterday, I am officially engaged to be married! I had been thinking about this moment since November, 2014, but I simply couldn’t find the ring that was as beautiful as my soon-to-be fiancé. The first few I was looking at were too big, too clunky, and too gaudy. The next batch was too plain, not elegant enough. Then, the solitaires were too imperfect and certainly did not light up the room as I hoped they would.

Finally, in late February, I stepped into a Jared store and found the ring that absolutely, 100% said, “Liz”. It was dainty, yet bold, elegant, yet practical, classic, but not too old-fashioned. It was everything that she would love.

The Proposal

It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon in early March. Liz and I had already cleaned the house and completed a 6 mile run that morning. I told her I had plans for us that afternoon, and that I didn’t want to give her the specifics because she might not like where we were going. Thankfully, she still agreed to go and went along with the surprise.

I whisked her away in my 2001 Honda Civic and steered our chariot toward Grand Haven, the place where we first met. In fact, I even parked in the same spot that I did nearly two years ago when I saw her beautiful face for the first time. As we walked toward downtown, we talked about family, about life, and about our careers. The conversation continued as we sat down in a familiar coffee shop – yes, the very one from our first date.

As we finished our wraps and tea, I suggested that we go for a walk along the channel. This day was a bit more wintery than it was a couple years prior, but was a beautiful sunny day nonetheless. I led us to a park bench, sat down, and waited for the right moment.

Unfortunately, that magical moment never seemed to arrive (I guess life doesn’t always play out like the movies, huh??), so I just went for it. I sat forward on the bench, lifted her sunglass, and then lifted mine. “You’re really starting to freak me out,” she said. “Yeah?” I replied as I got down on one knee. “Liz, I love you (slowly pulling out the ring box from my coat pocket), and I want to spend the rest of my life with you. Will you marry me?” A quick nod and a “Yes” immediately lit up my face as I embraced her and anticipated what the rest of our lives would bring.

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Please join us in our celebrations by giving me an air high-five or leave a congratulatory comment below. Thanks again for being a loyal reader and following me through both the highs and the lows of life!



My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.


  1. What a sweet story and a lovely couple! Congratulations and God’s great blessings to you both! 🙂

    • Thanks for the kind words, Kay! We can’t wait to share many of our experiences in the future as well!

  2. Congrats Derek & Liz! Can’t wait to hear how you pull off a frugal wedding. So is Liz really tall or is she standing on the coffee table for this photo?

    • Thanks Jessica! And, Lol for the coffee table comment! Liz is on her tip-toes I believe, but she’s 5’8″, so fairly tall. 🙂

  3. Congratulations! So happy for you Derek.

    • Thanks Jenna!

  4. Way to go, Derek! Love it, love it, love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats.

    • Ha, thanks Jim! 🙂

    • Thanks Gary! Can’t wait to share more awesome stories of our experiences in the future!

  5. Wow! Awesome guys! Congrats!

    Hope y’all find much happiness!

    • Thanks Sam! Appreciate it!

  6. Congrats Derek! So happy for the both of you!!

    • Yay! Thanks!

  7. OMG, that is awesome, you two look like such a beautiful happy couple, wishing you both many happy years 🙂 can’t wait to hear about the wedding planning!

    • Ha, thanks Dawn! Liz appears to already be in full-force wedding planning mode. She has five options for the venue, has started looking at designs for wedding invitations, and has probably done a number of other things that I don’t even know about yet! Lol. She is awesome. 🙂 Thanks for the congrats!

  8. Congrats you two! Hope to see you guys again soon!

    • I hope we can catch up again soon as well! Just tell us when – we are much more flexible than you parents. 🙂

  9. Congratulations! Beautiful girl and ring!

    • Thanks! I agree!

  10. Congratulations and what an amazing proposal story! I loved how you kept it simple and went back to the place you two first met. Wishing you all the best!!

    • Thankfully she liked it too! We aren’t too flashy for the most part, so it just made sense. 🙂

  11. omg, what a sweetie! Congratulations to you both!!! She is ADORABLE! 🙂 Many blessing for a happy, happy life!

    • Ha, thanks bobbi!

  12. Hot dogs!!

    But now I can’t have you 🙁

    • Sorry to disappoint you J$. I didn’t know you were interested. If only you would have told me….

  13. Exciting times here @ Life and, My Finances!

    You selected a beautiful ring and, bride to be Derek.


    LOL, J$ 🙂

    • Thanks Joy! These ARE exciting times! Now if we could only find a venue…

  14. Congrads to you both and may the blessings of the Lord be upon you to give you a long life and many children. Do remember to share with the less-fortunate. I so appreciate you. Send me a piece of wedding cake, ok? 🙂

    • Thanks Lucy! I’m sure we’ll be sharing some photos of our special day, but you’ll have to wait until August to see them! 😉

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