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BC: Thank you for being a wonderful part of our lives and for witnessing our wedding vows today!

FC: Brooke and Wade Den Hartog August 27, 2011

1: Our Engagement Story... (Brooke's version) I toldI had told Wade for the past two months that we were “in a permanent fight” because he was taking so long to propose to me. Even though I was kidding, it was clear that we had agreed to be married soon, and time to plan a wedding was running short. But I had NO IDEA that Saturday, April 23, 2011 would end as it did! I had been at a friend's bridal shower, and then met Wade and his parents to drive to Panora for a “family” Easter dinner. It was our first time together as a whole family in their newly remodeled house on Lake Panorama. Arriving at Panora, Wade drove through the park near their house and commented, “Look, your parents have the dock up!”. Then his dad started asking me about the pontoon boat he heard my dad had. Just small-talk-curiosity, I thought. Once we got there we jumped out of the car, and I went to the trunk to get my bag and help bring things inside. Wade grabbed his coat really fast and said, “Let’s wait and bring this in later”. I answered back, “Shouldn’t we do it now since we’re here?”. Wade had a big surprise up his sleeve that involved a walk to the dock and a pontoon boat, so he panicked as his dad covered for him saying, “Yah, let’s just go look at the boat now”. His mom quickly jumped in and agreed. Again I was difficult and said, “Well, let’s go inside and meet everyone first...then my dad can show you the boat...he’s been excited all day.” At that point Wade sort of pushed me in the direction of his dad saying, “No let’s go now”. I was a bit surprised they wanted to see the boat so bad, but I gave in! As we walked down to the dock I turned around and told Larry and Deb they could go first. Wade AGAIN pushed me toward the dock and said “you can go first, Brooke”. I kind of rolled my eyes inside and thought “Geesh, he really wants to see this boat...and Wade really is opinionated tonight!” . Once we got to the boat I turned around and noticed his parents had turned back toward the house and were walking away from us. Wade had a big grin on his face and said he had asked my parents for a few minutes alone with me so we could celebrate our one year anniversary together (today). I started to understand what might be happening!!! Stepping into the boat I saw a bottle of Champaign with two lovely glasses, a blanket, and a gift bag. As we sat down on the bench, Wade started talking about our last year together and all that we’ve gone through. He said he had a couple of gifts for me. First, he pulled out the e-mail exchange he had with the JDRF volunteer (Kate Gainer) who had set us up on our first blind date. He read it to me, and we laughed about how short and sweet his responses were back to her. Then he pulled out something I had made him two weeks prior when he was out of town for three days and then I was going out of town for four days. Knowing it would be a whole week until we saw each other again, I had made forty colored index cards of reasons why I loved him. I hung them all over his kitchen, dining room, living room, up the stars, and in his bedroom. So next Wade pulled these cards out and said that he got to hear all the reasons why I loved him, but he wanted to tell me all the reasons why he loved me. Turning my cards over, he read what he had written to me on the back for this special night. The last card I had written said “I love you”, and on the back of it he wrote, “I love that I will love you forever... our fight will end tonight!”. At that point he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!!!! I was freezing cold after this hour long proposal in 40 degree weather and THRILLED to say “YES”...hug and kiss...and head to the heated house. Both of our moms had their noses to the glass door, cameras out and Ryan was video recording. It was so much fun having my entire family there!! Just what I had hoped for. We toasted the big occasion...took a ton of photos...opened gifts of congratulations... Larry prayed for God’s blessing on our future marriage, and then we ate steaks from the grill. We even practiced cutting a cake together on the “Rock On” champaigne cake! More gifts and then goodbyes to Larry and Deb before calling it a “great day” and spending our first night at Lake Panorama. It felt SO GOOD to no longer be in a fight!!! It felt wonderful to wear the AMAZING engagement ring from the man I love! P.S. When Wade moved into his townhouse 4 years ago, his garage code was programmed at 0423...which was the day of our first date. Is that coincidence or providence??!!!

2: 1 | I love the feeling of being in LOVE! | I love knowing that true love lasts forever!

4: 2 | I love how you are willing to try new things with me... I love how you challenge me and make me a better person!

6: I love when you hold my hand... I love warming up your cold hands

8: I love that you are easy going.... I love that you are always on the go!!!

10: I love when you watch sports and I can fall asleep next to you... I love going to/watching movies with you!

12: I love when you wear your sexy jeans.... I love your jeans with flaps!

14: I love how we cook together at night... I love it when we are on the same page - we make a great team!!

16: I love your smile... I love your beautiful eyes! | I love that you are forgiving with me... I love that you are honest with me! | I love when you call me "beautiful"... I love when you call me "handsome" (not cute)! | I love when we snuggle... I olove holding you and don't like letting go!

18: I love how you look at me and I see love in your eyes. I love tthe connection that we have and how you smile back at me! | I love how loyal you are... I love how you have been patient with me!

20: I love how you listen to me talk and talk and talk and..... I love being a good listener!

22: I love your laugh... I love opening doors for you!!!

24: I love when you pray with me at night... I love having God at the center of our relationship!!! | I love how you desire to grow in your faith and read God's truth... I love it when we discuss and share our faith!

27: I love how you text me each morning just to say good morning... I love that you are the first thing that I think about every morning!!!

28: I love that you let my mom take a million pictures of us... I love the memories we are creating | I love how my heart skips a beat when I see you come over... I love looking forward to the next time that I can see you!

30: I love how you are always thinking of your family and my family first... I love your family values and the role they play in your life!!!

32: I love that you enjoy drinking coffee in the morning... I love the things we have in common - that we can enjoy together!!!

34: I love how we cook together at night... | I love it when we are on the same page - we make a great team!

36: I love how you are willing to rub my feet even when you don't want to... I love that we both enjoy massages!!! | Have I mentioned lately that I love my ring?!

38: I love having a glass of wine with you... I love the wine glasses we made on your birthday!

40: I love how each day I grow more in love with you... I love the journey that we are on together!

41: Brooke Said... I love how tenderhearted you are... I love our conversations in the kitchen... I love that you fight for me and for us... I love how you keep me up to date on what's happening in the world... I love you holding me on the couch... I love when you watch sports and I can fall asleep next to you... I love your beautiful blue/green/brown eyes... I love how you love a good deal... I love how we can laugh about our first fight being about your t-shirts... I love how patient you are with me when I spill chocolate on your floor... I love that you show your emotions with me... I love that you would take time to help me clean my fridge... I love that you buy French Vanilla because you know I like it... I love how you desire to grow in your faith and read God's truth... I love how we cook together at night... I love how you text me each morning just to say good morning... I love when you pray with me at night... I love how you are always thinking of your family and my family first... I love that you enjoy drinking coffee in the morning... I love how you are willing to rub my feet even when you don't want to... I love when you put your hand on my knee when we drive places... I love how clean you are and how you wipe down your entire kitchen after we eat and make it spotless... I love that we both enjoy running together... I love your laugh... I love how you are willing to try new things me with.. I love when you call me beautiful... I love when we snuggle... I love that you let my mom take a million pictures of us... I love how my heart skips a beat when I see you come over... I love how you look at me and that I see love in your eyes... I love how loyal you are... I love sharing a bottle of wine with you... I love how each day I grow more in love with you... I love when you wear your sexy jeans... I love your smile... I love that you are forgiving with me... I love how you listen to me talk, and talk, and talk, and... I love that you are so easy going... I love when you hold my hand... I love the feeling of being in love... I love you... | Wade Said... I love how caring you are with everyone! I love that you listen to me and understand me! I love that you gave us a second change and you are worth fighting for! I love how you spread joy and happiness to those around you! I love falling sleep next to you! I love going/watching movies with you! I love watching you ask questions to others! I love how you shop and let others shop for you! I love your viewpoint on living life to the fullest! I love picking up after you and fixing your house! I love having deep conversations with you! I love the time we get to spend together! I love how you have me addicted to coffee! I love it when we discuss and share our faith! I love it when we are on the same page - we make a great team! I love that you are the first thing I think about every morning! I love having God at the center of our relationship! I love your family values and the role they play in your life! I love the things we have in common - that we can enjoy together! I love that we both enjoy massages! I love when you put your arm around me in church! I love cooking for you - and letting you relax while I clean up! I love that exercise is important to you! I love opening doors for you! I love how you challenge me and make me a better person! I love when you call me "handsome" (not cute)! I love holding you and don't like letting go! I love the memories we are creating! I love looking forward to the next time that I can see you! I love the connection that we have and how you smile back at me! I love how you have been patient with me! I love the wine glasses that we made on your birthday! I love the journey that we are on together! I love your jeans with flaps! I love your beautiful eyes! I love that you are honest with me! I love being a good listener! I love that you are always on the go! I love warming up your cold hands! I love knowing that true love lasts forever! I love you FOREVER! (we are no longer in a fight!) | Brooke wrote these on cards all over Wade's house | Later...Wade wrote on the back of the cards and spoke them to her in his marriage proposal!!!

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