Our engagement was a long time coming, and I always said he'd never be able to surprise me. Well, I was very wrong, and it was the greatest surprise weekend ever. It was my birthday weekend, and I had a cookout with my friends already planned for that Saturday night. The week leading up to it brought up several hints that it may be happening, but I was completely convinced otherwise by the middle of the week. Saturday came along, and we headed to his parents house for "family pictures." His mom texted us earlier in the week, telling us that his dad got her these pictures for Mother's Day. Austin went a different way out there, which was odd, and we ended up at the most beautiful location in Banks, Alabama, which is special to both of our families. We pulled up, and it was decorated beautifully with a handmade cross by his dad and beautiful greenery and flowers by his sister, Alex. Everything was perfect, and more than I could have ever imagined! All of our families were hiding in the woods across the pond watching, and they came out and surprised us after Austin proposed. We toasted and shared stories about how our families have been intertwined for many years. It was so special that we were all together. Afterward, my birthday cookout turned into a surprise engagement party thrown by my very best friends, and it was the best night celebrating!