Jaclyn and Shaun

Jaclyn & Shaun

[dropcap color=”rosy”]S[/dropcap]haun and I were on a road trip down to Stellenbosch to spend Christmas with his family in Cape Town. We had already spent a night in Graaff-Reinet and a night in George. The following day we were meant to drive to Stellenbosch. Just before bed Shaun surprised me with a letter. The letter stated that the next day would be my Christmas present. A day for me to enjoy, ending in Montagu, a town I had wanted to visit on the trip but had decided was impractical.

The next morning I awoke super excited for my special Christmas present that awaited me. The day began with another letter entitled: “I carry your heart with me“. Included with this letter were the first pieces of a puzzle with a photo on the front and writing on the back. I got to choose what we did that day and we had just discovered something called “Geocaching”, which is basically a type of word wide treasure hunt where you discover new places and simply add your name to the list of people that have found the “treasure” before. It is a rather fun way to explore a new area. So we decided to do some geocaching en route to Montagu.

Our drive to Montagu took a few leisurely hours with a few stops along the way to find some “treasure”. In Montagu we stopped at the fruit and nut factory for a bite to eat and did some more geocaching. Shaun had found an adorable bed and breakfast and olive farm for us to stay at in Montagu called Mirihof. The owners were a lovely couple who had helped Shaun to everything. During the day Shaun gave me another love letter, entitled “I fear no fate”. This too came with some puzzle pieces.

As sunset neared Shaun told me to get ready because we were going for a walk through the olive plantation before dinner. We walked between the olive trees to the edge of the farm where a river ran. Here the owners of the B&B were busy setting up a picnic for us. It was a beautiful setting with the river and the sun setting over the mountain in front of us. When we sat down for the picnic Shaun gave me the final envelope which contained the 4th letter,“Here is the deepest secret that nobody knows”, and the last puzzle pieces.

I assembled the puzzle which turned out to be a photo of the two of us cut into a heart-shaped puzzle. Then Shaun told me to flip it over. On the back the whole poem “I carry your heart with me” was written out. Some letters in the poem were written in bold. The spelled “Will you marry me?”. I turned around and Shaun was on one knee with the ring box in his hand. Of course I said, “Yes.” And we toasted the engagement with Champagne and strawberries as the sun set behind the mountain in front of us. Soon after we had finished eating the picnic we walked back up to our room to tell our close friends and family our happy news.

Jaclyn and Shaun

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