One more thing

never been so happy

There’s one more thing I forgot to mention that happened to us in Alberta.

Mark and I are now engaged! OK, so I didn’t forget, how could I forget something like that? Here’s how it happened:

For my 30th birthday, Mark’s gift was to do something nice for me for 30 consecutive days. Some of these nice things included buying me small prezzies, baking me sticky toffee puddings, writing me poetry and taking me on picnics. On the 30th day he was going to cook me dinner. That day we set out on a hike through Grotto canyon, near Canmore. Mid-way through the hike we stopped for some snacks and tea when I asked him what he was making me for dinner that night. He confessed that he wasn’t actually going to make me dinner but that we would be going out for dinner, to Canmore’s fanciest restaurant. I promptly responded, in a sassy sister voice, ‘oh no we aren’t—we can’t afford that!’. He insisted that we had to go. He already made a reservation and we were going to have to celebrate. ‘Celebrate what?’, I said, completely clueless and thinking to myself that this was the best birthday that keeps on giving gift ever. Then I noticed he had dismounted the rock we were witting on to get down on one knee in front of me and said, ‘Meghan will you marry me?’ as he held out the most perfect little ring.

The rest is a great big blur of jubilation. Needless to say, it came as a complete shock. If you knew the state of our finances after traveling the world, you would understand why. Also, it’s just not something we ever discussed much. We were both happy and that was that, even after 7+ years together. The surprise-factor was exactly what Mark was going for. Can you feel the gigantic smile I have across my face as I write this? I couldn’t be happier.

No plans yet as to date and location, but you can be sure that the honeymoon will be wewander part 2.

moments after proposal



  1. Dallas Husar

  2. Congratulations! I am so happy for both of you. You compliment each other so well. Here’s to tons of happiness, laughter and more adventures!

    Dear Meghan,

    So i have to confess that i have been stalking you and Mark ever since you started your amazing journey. Every couple of weeks or so I would check out the blog and spend time checking out your posts and pics; jealously wishing that Brad and I were traveling the world too.

    After Brad saw your exciting news online this morning, I couldn’t help but check to see if you had posted all of the juicy details!

    Congratulations to you both!

    Good luck settling down back in Ottawa, and thank you for letting us live vicariously through you for a year :)

    Hope to see you soon,
    Steph & Brad Doran-Veevers

    What!! Congratulations! As I read this I got tears in my eyes, haha! Nice one, Mark. You are such a perfect couple, you look so happy together and I wish you lots more :)

    So great to hear from you Steph DV! Thanks for checking us out and for the wicked well-wishings. We love stalkers. Hope you and BDV are doing great. Lisa gives me the low down every now and then.

    I am emotionally overwhelmed. This is so exciting. Thanks Nancy :) I guess I did want to get married after all these years. lol.

  3. Debbie Rosen

  4. Hugs and love to you both! I was laughing a little after your previous post – almost sent a comment asking you if you forgot anything! Meghan, I couldn’t be happier that you are the person Mark wants to spend his life with, and Mark, you got this one very right!! – Mom

    Great story! So romantic! All the best :-)

    Thanks Deb, that means a lot :)

  5. Bettina and family

  6. Mareike and I just finished reading your detailed account … thank you for sharing this wonderful news. We need to go get a kleenex now.

    Wishing you an adventurous journey together,

    Big hug,

    Bettina and Mareike

    Annika and Michael will find out as soon as they come home tonight. ;-)

    I honestly don’t know you two, but have been following your blog as I aspire to travel the world and we are both from ottawa…anyways that being said I am very happy for the two of you and hope the best for you!!


    That is so exciting! Congratulations! I love the mushy story and the 30 days of giving?! what a great idea. I think I’ll suggest it to Doug for my

  7. Julie Kehler

  8. Checking every day for the 2010 Christmas/Engagement video…Congratulations!

    Haha. Sorry no video this year! I’m sure we’ll think of something fun for the new year.

    Lookin’ forward to seeing some of Paul & Colleen’s pictures get “published” on


  9. Meghan

  10. Haha! Haven’t been checking in a while. Thanks Ben! Will do.

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