So on top of all of the excitement with my dad winning the contest, the Red Sox organization called him yesterday and said that he actually has four tickets. Not two. But four. So with a few phone calls it was confirmed that my brother and I will be joining them in Boston tomorrow! Oh my word. We are so excited. It's very surreal though, and odd that I will be taking nothing on the plane but my purse since we will be returning that very night. I wish Jordan could join us, but if we had gotten him a ticket he probably wouldn't have been able to be near us. I will miss him, especially since it's a Sunday, but he's so happy for us.
The last time I was at Fenway was the second happiest day of my life (the first being my wedding day). Not only was I experiencing the wonder of Fenway and my cherished Red Sox for the first time ever, but I received the shock of my life when Jordan showed up out of nowhere and proposed. If you haven't read it already, I'll give you the proposal story, which was written last year right after that blessed day on August 21, 2010.
I have been a die hard Boston Red Sox fan since I was born. Most of you should know this. Sometimes this passion borderlines on obsession. Before this past weekend, I had never been to Fenway Park (where the Red Sox play in Boston). It has always been my dream to go there, but did not ever become a reality until my best friend's family, the Stephensons, surprisingly invited me to go with them. I was ecstatic! I looked forward to this trip for a month and counted down the days until I could see the home of my beloved Red Sox. When the time came, I accompanied my best friend's parents & her brother to Boston having no idea what was in store for me.
We had amazing seats on the first row of the club level behind homeplate. During the Saturday night game at Fenway against Toronto, it was the seventh inning stretch. I had been very into the game as it was a close one the entire time. After we stood up and stretched singing Take Me Out to the Ballgame, a lady who worked at Fenway came to my seat and said “Are you Ashley? Can you follow me please?” I was very confused, but complied. The Bostonians beside me thought I was being arrested. We walked over to the aisle where there were a few stairs leading up to the entrance. Another lady with a camera was coming down these stairs, and I became even more confused. Then, about six feet away from me, Jordan suddenly popped out from behind the camera lady. I will never be able to describe the shock that I felt when I saw him. All I could say was “How are you here?!” as he was coming towards me. I could not process what was going on at all. I started shaking really badly and had to hold onto any railing I could find. (My parents and the Stephensons had a very legitimate fear that I would faint, but thankfully this did not happen.) As soon as Jordan approached me, he got down on one knee and pulled out a ring. I absolutely could not believe it. I have never been more surprised in my LIFE. I had no clue that this was going to happen soon or that he would be there or anything. He told me that he had fallen in love with me (we waited to say that until engagement) and that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. Then he asked me to marry him. I said “YES” like eight times and actually tried to take the ring from him before he could put it on my finger. Eventually I let him put it on and jumped up and squeezed him. After this, the next thing I remember is calling my parents (who had known the whole time of course). It was such a blur.
I was shaking and felt queasy for at least an hour. I was just in total disbelief. Even now it seems like a dream! The game ended up going into extra innings, and we won in the 11thwith a walk off home run from Jed Lowrie. PERFECT. After the game, I walked around Boston with Jordan, making some phone calls and trying to let it sink in. We sat down beside the river for a while and he gave me a list of reasons why he wanted to marry me that he had made earlier that day. It was the perfect ending to the most amazing night ever! I love him and cannot wait to be Mrs. Jordan Shelley! God is so good, and His plan is perfect!
That was taken from our wedding website. And no, that picture was not staged, it was taken at the exact moment that he proposed. Every time I think about that night it makes me smile. God did indeed have the most amazing plan for us. I remember saying, "If I ever get to come back to Fenway again, it could never top this!" Which is true. But if there was a 2nd place to that time, it would definitely be what is going to happen tomorrow. I mean, my dad gets to be honored on that historic field. The Bruins will be out there too, being honored for their Stanley Cup. I can't picture what it's going to be like at all, but I know it's going to be better than what I can imagine. I've always dreamed of going to Fenway with my dad, and I thank God for allowing this to happen in such a special way. Now I can be the one to take pictures and videos. :) Sometimes I kind of don't trust them with technological equipment. So this is good.
I will definitely be writing all about it when we get back. But until then, you can pick up a copy of the News & Observer on Sunday because the story about my dad will be in there. :)
Praise God from whom all blessings flow!