Monday, April 13, 2009

The Engagment Story

The Engagement Story:
Cast of Characters....
Groom to be: Michael S Wang Bride to be and Oblivious of What's About to Take Place at this Point of the Picture:
Joanna Kay Schupbach

Roommate Conspirator #1: Miss Katie Lovas

Roommate Conspirator #2 and Fashion Expert: Miss Kristine Maschhoff

Here's the long version of our story with as many details as I (Joanna) can remember....
Friday, April 10th, 2009 started off rough. I had a staff bible study (ETAWG or Extended Time Alone with God) at 11 and didn't wake up until 10:40. I had no time to get ready, gather my thoughts or do anything but get out of bed.
Despite the lack of a shower, the nasty t-shirt and jeans I was wearing (pretty sure i wrote a to-do list with do laundry asap on it that day. ew, it had been awhile) I had a good quiet time with the Lord. I read in Esther about repentence and I wrote this in my journal,
Repentance is not your punishment. It's your glorious right of daughtership. Your invitation to restoration. (from Beth Moore's Esther study)

Overall, it was an average day.
My two roommates, Katie, Kristine and I had made plans to do a "roommate lunch" that day. And so I was planning on just leaving my lowly state as it was except Kristine said, "I think you need to dress up because Literati Cafe is kind of nice."
Sometimes I wonder if my lack of fashion sense gets to Kristine but this was the first time she had vocalized her opinion... I was however a wreck and so i thought nothing of it. But since I was lazy, I told her, "You pick out my outfit cause you seem to know would be good." I was being a little stubborn about this. But I got dressed up and out the door. :)
The two roomies and I enjoyed a fabulous lunch and afterwards we decided to have some coffee. It was at that moment that Kristine started pulling a thick manilla envelope out of her package saying, "What is this? What is this? Who put this here?"
Now, I have to interrupt and tell you that getting engaged was a hope/thought I was trying desperately not to "go there". On Wednesday I thought I saw Kristine sneaking around our neighborhood and I had gotten my hopes up that Mikey was going to propose on Wednesday but nothing came of it. So I was a little weary of getting my hopes up so I was trying to remain as neutral as possible about all of this.
Kristine kept trying to give the package to me to open but I refused cause I felt weird about the whole thing.
Then I thought, "Okay, one of us has to and she seems adament that I do it."
So I took the package and started crying.
I said, "What's going on? What's happening? Is this Mikey? Is he here?"
"No, he's not here. Just read it." Kristine said.
Inside the manilla envelope was two cards and two journals.
The first card said, "You're always wondering what I'm thinking, so here's your chance."
So I started reading the journals which were paper clipped to specific pages.
The journals were the journey of Mikey's feelings and thoughts of meeting me, dating me, and trying to work through "what is love?" and "do I love Joanna?"
After those two journals I read the 2nd card which said, "Now go home because there is a package waiting for you."
Also, during this time my Dad called and asked if I read an email of his about a book he had sold. I was so surprised that he called me and a fear came into my heart that "ohmygosh? Did Mikey ask my Dad?" but I quieted that thought with, "No, if this is really happening, then Mikey called my Dad."
On the way home Kristine and Katie made me guess what I thought the package was... but I didn't want to say what I was really hoping/thinking. So I just said something silly. It was nerve-wrecking to wonder what Mikey was up to. I was also feeling silly for how ugly I looked and how I really wanted to shower!
When I opened up the apartment door, I saw rose petals leading into my room. On the bed there was two more journals and another card. There was also a RED ROSE which was the first time Mikey had given me a RED rose (the sign of love). The 1st card said to sit on my comfy couch and read while listening to music. Mikey had set up his ipod with speakers so that I could listen to my favorite music while reading his journey of our relationship.
I cried at one point specifically while reading... it was the part where Mikey realized that he loved me. Just seeing those words on the page were like the best feeling ever. I was freaking out. :)
After those two journals, the 2nd card said, "There is another package in your favorite color waiting for you but you have to climb some flights of stairs to get to it."
So I headed up to my roof.
In the corner of the roof was a little blue ring box.
I opened up the box and....
inside was $10 and a note explaining that I had won a snowboarding bet Mikey and I had. The note continued, "But we'll have plenty of time to go snowboarding in the future. What I want you to do now is look down towards the street cause there is someone you will see.... right... now."
While I was looking down, he came up behind me and said, "Well, I'm not down there. I'm right here."
Then he expressed his feelings for me and told me how much I meant to him. He said, "I have three questions for you.
1. Do you want what's supposed to be in the blue ring box?"
and I said, "uh, yes!!"
Then Mikey said, "I want to tell you for the first time that I love you."
And I just smiled (cause I was so nervous)
And he continued, "My second question is...."
gets down on one knee
and i start crying
"will you marry me?"
and I said, "ohmygosh! ohmygosh! ohmygosh! yes! yes! yes!"
And I started laughing (cause I'm nervous) and crying (cause I'm so happy) simulatenously.
Mikey said, "Now I haven't forgotten my third question. And that is... may i replace your promise ring with this ring!"
and with that, he pulled out the ring box and the real ring!!
And then we kissed for the first time ever in our relationship!!
So that's it. That's the story. :)
We're thinking a September 2009 wedding in Illinois.
Check back here for more details as plans get formalized. We'd appreciate any prayers you have for this time and for our marriage. :) We're thrilled to be engaged and to be living life together as husband and wife. I can't wait to be Mrs. Michael Wang. woo hoo!!


kyle and jennifer said...

oooh yeah, first to comment! (maybe cause i've been checking a little too often waiting for this post!) thanks for sharing all the details and pictures - you guys are just lovely! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Angie said...

Congrats Jo!!!! I'm so glad you posted details. So happy for you!!

Ariel said...

Hooray!!!! :D

-Ryan and Ariel

Susan said...

Joanna! I loved reading your story :) Thank you so much for sharing it!!! I'm so happy for you!!!

Jordan Schupbach said...


I proposed to Rochelle over lunch right before making her run down Blake street to Coors Field so we could catch the first pitch of a Cubs/Rockies game. Mikey totally out-did me.

Megan said...

Congratulations Joanna! What a beautiful story! I'm praying for you two. Many blessings!!!

Nicole Suzanne Farley said...

WAHOO! YAY! HOW EXCITING! OH MY GOSH! HALLELUJAH! GO MIKEY! Can't even tell you how excited I am for you, CONGRATS!

Anonymous said...

YAYYY!!!! =]

Kelli B said...

This is the best news EVER. I've been thinking about this nonstop since you called Friday night. I am so deeply grateful for Mikey making this so romantic and PERFECT for you! I love it. I love that guy.

I cant wait to talk to you soon! And see you soon. And everything that goes with this season. LOVE YOU!

Jenna said...

Congratulations!! That's so beautiful - and that RING is amazing! :D

jamie said...

yay.. good job mikey! feel honored that you called me! love you lots excited for you

Christy said...

Congratulations Jo! So happy for both of you! I love how much planning he put into his proposal! wonderful!!

love you!

TheFrazers said...

Congrats Joanna and Mikey! Drew and I have been waiting and wondering when this day would come...I am sure you have been doing the same:). Isn't it great to see God confirm everything and give you true peace to move into this season in life! You will LOVE LOVE LOVE marriage. Nothing cooler than spending life with your best friend! Praise God for two becoming one! We celebrate with you. Love, The Frazers

Amy Noxon said...

AWESOME JOANNA!! What a gentleman, I can't wait to meet him! I am thrilled for you Jo, I started to cry when I read this! You are so beautiful! I would give a billion dollars to get to hug you right now. But a "congrats" on your blog will have to do for now... I LOVE YOU!

Marcie said...

Congratulations, Joanna & Mikey! Yay! Such great news! Nice work on the proposal, Mikey! Good answer, Joanna!

Nancilea Foster said...

Yay! Awesome news, so happy for you!!

Anonymous said...

What an incredibly romantic story!!!! Absolutely beautiful!!! I'm soooo happy for you guys!!

Auntie Beth

Shadley said...

Joanna, this was an awesome story! Congrats and good job Mikey!!

Sarah said...

i echo these comments...sweet story Joanna! :)

Anonymous said...

oh....SOOO precious!! joanna, i'm SOOOO happy for you and your mikey! precious! love you, sister! --sari (cowger) klontz

Keep it Up said...

What a touching love story! Congratulations to both Joanna and Mikey. Mikey, what a blessing to have a wife with noble character. Landy