In April Russ & I took a trip to Rapid City to attend an Easter Passion Play that my former church was putting on at the civic center there. While there we were going to look at rings. It wasn't a very pleasant day--our communication was off all day and we went home empty-handed. Easter Sunday, April 20th, 2003, we were spending the day at my parent's house. Just before lunch, Russ asked me to come with him to the basement for a minute. While down there he asked me to marry him and gave me his grandmother's diamond wedding ring and told me that I could wear that until we picked out a setting of our own choosing to put his grandma's diamond in. (A couple weeks later we chose the setting online from Shane Co that became my ring.)
And that's when we became "officially" engaged and began telling all our friends!