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Nearly Gave Up

Heather and Ken

Barrington, IL

We met on eHarmony. I was at the end of my three-month subscription with no intention of renewing and Ken had just signed up. I wasn't overly happy with the service and had resigned myself to the fact that eHarmony wasn’t going to work for me. Ken was expecting to date for awhile before meeting anyone special enough to date exclusively. After chatting online for two weeks we decided to meet face to face. I suggested that we meet at Starbucks (at that time I had no idea that he hates coffee) and he suggested that we meet at the train station as it was a "public place that we were both familiar with" he also thought that the train station would provide a "romantic memory" for us. So, we met at the train station and walked to Starbucks; we were able to compromise, what great sign for our future!

How We Got Engaged:

A few weeks shy of 2 years since Heather and I first viewed each other on eHarmony--we’re engaged! The moment actually happened at about 9:36 PM on Saturday Sept. 6th 2008 on the waters of Lake Michigan just off the Chicago, IL shore. The events I had planned ahead of time were a dinner at Geja's fondue restaurant and two tickets on the "Tall Ship Windy II" at 9:00 Navy Pier. Heather knew about dinner, but was under the impression that I was taking her out to celebrate her new job that she was starting on Monday.

The evening started off a little rocky as when Heather came over to my house she complained of being really tired. So, she took a power nap during the ride into the city and woke up feeling refreshed. After dinner Heather suggested we see a bit more of the city so I took her to Howl at the Moon, a dueling Piano Bar, as she has always wanted to go there. She loved it. In fact she loved it too well and was having such a good time she didn't want to leave when I suggested about an hour after our arrival that we go to Navy Pier to watch fireworks. After my insistence on my need to suddenly see Navy Pier fireworks, being the great woman that she is, she gave in and we got in a cab to go to Navy Pier. At this point I had just about 5 minutes to get her down to the boat before it left.

We grabbed a couple of beers and walked quickly down the pier. We came to just in front of the Tall Ship Windy, where Heather exclaimed, "Hey let's take a picture with these pirate statues". I asked her with what and she said, “With your camera phone Ken”. I then pulled out her camera from under my jacket and said how about with this? (I had secretly brought the camera with me). She was shocked but pleased that I had brought it. She still didn't know anything odd was up yet. I then suggest that rather than getting our picture with pirates that we just get on the boat, I pulled out boat tickets and we boarded. The sky was clear, the breeze was light, and the temperature was just right. The boat was barely a quarter full so there was still plenty of room for us to feel like we were all alone. It was so perfect and romantic. Heather told me she wished that she could freeze the moment in time. Just about 1/2 way through the cruise we found a spot to sit near the bow where it was very quiet. I counted down in my head 3..2..1, and then turned to Heather, looked into her amazing blue eyes and bright face and said, "Heather I cannot freeze time for you, but perhaps I can give you a memory that will last forever". I got on one knee and said several things which will remain between Heather and me forever. I then proposed. She thankfully said yes and we both got lost in the moment for the next 30 minutes. Word spread quickly and as when we got off the boat several of the other passengers were waiting on the dock and applauded us as we stepped off the boat. Heather got her picture with them as they pointed at her new ring. I will never forget that smile on her face all night.  

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