As I open it, the cab driver asks me where I need to go. I quickly shuffle through the pages that I've just extracted from the envelope and find an address. I don't know where I'm going, but as the cab pulls away from the curb, I begin reading the letter.
1/5 Dear Jessi Daniel, it's your boyfriend, Josh. From Indiana.
Welcome to my game. In this envelope, you should find a card with a location.
You'll be getting there by cab. Just tell the driver where you want to go, and they'll take you.
Pay with the cash enclosed and be sure to leave a tip! Hold on to the change.
Your first location is Buckingham Fountain.
When you get there, you will see one of my friends holding a balloon, and a sign with your name.
Talk to them to get your next clue. Don't worry. This won't be stressful,
and I'm not sending you to super crowded places.
This is just my way of being creative and having a little fun before you leave.
Don't call or text me unless you have an emergency.
That is all.
As we pulled up to the fountain, I saw a guy standing there with a balloon and sign. I got out and walked up to him. He handed me another envelope and put me in yet another cab. I pulled out the instructions, told the driver the address [[which was another fountain]] and read the next letter enclosed.
The same thing happened at stop 3/5 [[The Moody Bible Library]] but when I got into the cab this time, it was a sweet older Indian couple. I told the man where I needed to go, [[which was the courthouse in The Dark Knight where they are holding the funeral/memorial service and all those people get shot...romantic, right?]] and he asked why I was holding a balloon. "I think I'm getting engaged," I told the pair. They immediately burst into enormous smiles and said many "Congratulations!" I turned red from all their attention and excitement. They proceeded to tell me about all the joys of being married as they held hands. They were seriously the sweetest couple!
When we arrived at the courthouse, a man was standing there with a sign and a balloon. He handed me an envelope and as I turned around, I noticed the couple still sitting there in the cab watching us with huge smiles. As we approached the cab, the man exclaims "Is this the lucky fellow??" I explain that no, this is not my boyfriend and that I think I have one more stop. They tell me to get in quickly because they "really want to get me to my engagement!"
We drive over to the Planetarium [[my fifth and final destination]] and see nothing but a huge crowd of people. I see no signs. I see no balloons. I'm so confused as I get out of the cab. Where was Josh? I begin searching around the entire building. I get back around to the front to see my sweet cab drivers still sitting there giving me questioning looks. I tell them that Josh is around here somewhere, I just have to find him. I stand there and wave as they drive away.
Panic sets in.
I don't know where I am.
I don't know where Josh is.
I don't know where my family is.
I'm lost in Chicago!
I call Josh. He answers [[sounding worried but slightly annoyed]] and tells me how to find him.
I walk along the beach and find a secluded spot surrounded by trees, and Josh. There he is, sitting in the sand, waiting for me. I join him and as we look out at the beautiful waves of Lake Michigan, he proposes.
I, obviously, say yes and we sit there quietly for a few minutes, just soaking in all of the beauty of this moment. I then decide that I should call my parents, tell them the happy news [[which they totally knew about the entire time and still kept quiet all day! Kudos to them!]] and that I hadn't been kidnapped during the process.
|I'm not the best at being in front of the camera...|
The rest of the day was kind of a blur of calling loved ones, and trying to soak in the fact that I was to be married. Everyone was emotional, and there were many tears [[mostly from mom who was excited because we had just gotten engaged but also super nervous because I was going to Southeast Asia the very next morning!]]
Well, enough words!
Here are a few of our engagement pictures [[courtesy of the lovely and talented Beky Smith!]]
|My arm looks super dark in this picture!|
|I just love Josh in this picture. haha|
|These next two are a little blurry, but I just loved them so much.|