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Cooking Whims is turning off the burners and the stove for a minute to tell you some very exciting news!

I’m engaged!

:D :D :D :D

My wonderful fiance, Chris, popped the question when we were in Portland, Maine this weekend!

Right after he proposed!

The moment he proposed was the happiest of my life :)

And here’s how it happened: :D

We were having an absolutely marvelous time up in Portland on our trip. On Friday we checked into our hotel, explored the Portland Head Lighthouse on Cape Elizabeth, and headed into town to eat at Fore Street (which I will post on later!) On Saturday we explored a few bookstores and ate lunch at Nosh up on Congress Street. After lunch we were pondering what to do next, since we had a whole afternoon ahead of us. After mulling over it for a bit, we decided to walk to the other side of Old Port to the Portland Observatory, which is an old shipping observatory where you can climb to the top deck and look out across Portland. On a sunny day, you can see some popular lighthouses and the islands off of the coast.

We happened to get there at a time where we were the only ones waiting for a tour, so we got our own private guided tour of the observatory. At the top of the observatory our tour guide said to us, “Okay you guys can step out on the deck now and have a look around. Let me know if you have any questions.” I smiled and said thanks and whipped out my camera to take some pictures of the view.

But then Chris said to me, “Megan, I actually have a question for you.”

I said, “What’s that?”

Then he got down on one knee and pulled out the ring and asked if I would marry him!

I immediately said yes! :)

At the top of the Portland Observatory

The ring!

We have been glowing ever since.

For those of you who don’t know, Chris and I have been dating for 6 and 1/2 years. We met way back in high school and dated straight through college. And I think it’s safe to say that we’ve been through it all so far. We’ve loved, laughed, cried, fought, and hugged. We’ve dated long distance for years. We rented an apartment together. We’ve grown up together. We both knew at ages 16 and 17 that we would be together until we were old and frail.

I immediately said yes because I love Chris with all of my heart. He is the best companion I could ever hope for in life. He is the most patient man I know, and has been so caring and supportive of me and my dreams since day one.

When I wanted to become a journalist, he went out and bought me books on journalism for my birthday. When I’m sick, he takes care of me until I’m better. When I’m upset about a lost friend, a bad day, a project I’ve failed on, Chris will listen to me through my tears and pump some positive energy back into my life. When I’m excited about a promotion, a good blog post, a dinner I made–Chris will share that excitement with me.

He is my other half, the light of my life.

And Chris, I’m so excited to spend the rest of my days with you.