The Ring

So when Nathan asked me to marry him after the flat tire incident, he did not give me a ring.

He was probably distracted by the manly work of changing a tire.

His sister sent a text that said she was very surprised that he changed a tire, but less surprised about getting engaged.

We ate dinner in Joplin, then drove home slowly on our little tire.

We got all the way to the park in Bartlesville, where we had our first date, and he said he knew I did not want him to spend money on a ring. So he made me a little necklace pendant:


We walked around the lake to the bench where we sat the first night, and just talked and held hands and watched the moon reflecting in the lake – it was very sweet.

Then fireworks went off! Really!

And then he said that he had something else for me, and pulled out a beautiful ring that has been passed down in his family – and it fit perfectly!

I cried and cried!!


It is official! We are engaged!

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About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


The Ring — 1 Comment

  1. For the record, I have to make one curmudgeonly ammendation. The pendant is handmade – but not by me. I didn’t have money saved for an unexpected engagement ring emergency, but I know that symbols are important to Emily. So I purchased this necklace with a beautiful ring pendant from someone on Etsy, and moments later got a call from my mom. She asked if I would be interested in using a ring she’d been given as a little girl by her great aunt, and that my sister had worn for years as well. I had no idea that the ring was going to fit perfectly, so I thought the necklace could do until we got the ring sized – which it turns out we don’t need to do.

    I had the ring and necklace with me in the Steak