he popped the question!

canadian diamond

In case you haven’t heard– Joe and I are engaged! Here is my version of the story:

On Sunday afternoon, Joe proposed to me at the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden ( –by sculpture #16 if you’re interested in details like me :)

It started as a typical Sunday after church– we had lunch with friends at Full Kee (the only place we go in DC’s Chinablock), and spent the afternoon roaming around downtown (which we often do). Joe suggested we go to the Sculpture Garden (which I did not find suspicious, since we hang out there every now and then).

We found a shaded area that was free from tourists and sat on the grass, people-watching, talking, commenting on the sculptures. After about an hour, I suggested we go back to my place to make dinner. As I was about to get up, Joe stopped me, and said “Hold on, I have something to give you…” and that’s when he popped the question! We celebrated by sharing the good news with our family and enjoying Malaysian/Singaporean food at Straits of Malaya. (Joe’s family is from Singapore)

The ring is from Brilliant Earth, which was especially important to me, because I had expressed to Joe my distrust in the Kimberley Process and that if he were to give me a ring (yes, I did give him the option!), that I wanted it to be as socially responsible as possible. Brilliant Earth specializes in conflict-free diamonds from Canada and recycled gold; they also donate 5% of their profits to rebuilding African communities affected by the diamond industry. (For anyone interested, they also have a blog that covers conflict diamond and mining issues.)

I feel so blessed for all that God has given me here in DC– a good job, a great place to live, a loving church community, wonderful friends, and now Joe. :) We are so grateful to God, the source of every good gift, and to our friends and family who have supported us from near and far.

4 Responses

  1. Congrats!!! <3

    jen - August 5th, 2008 at 6:17 pm
  2. YAY!!!! i’m so happy for you guy guys! congrats! and a beautiful ring it is! =)

    pauline - August 5th, 2008 at 10:25 pm
  3. congrats!! exciting times!! =)

    ito - August 6th, 2008 at 2:41 pm
  4. congratulations, v! yay!!

    rachel - August 7th, 2008 at 3:10 pm

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