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The story of the proposal is a little different as we each tell it, so we'll give you a taste of both:

Josh:
I wanted to pick a date with some meaning. December 23 was the 4th anniversary of the day we met. I know it's not a date we celebrate (I even had to check with a friend to be sure I had it right), but that doesn't make it less important. Annie and I met on a bus, on the way to the airport to go to Israel on a trip in college, sponsored by the Avi Chai Foundation. She sat in the seat behind me, and I remember thinking "this is a pretty awesome girl." The rest, as they say, is history.

Annie:
When I walked in to the apartment on December 23 and Josh said "happy anniversary," I was more than a little confused." Remembering dates has never been Josh's strong point, but we started dating in April, so this would be pretty far off, even for him. The "courtship" time between when we met on the way to Israel and when we started dating was an interesting few months. Josh claims that he was certain from that first day that we were going to be together. I took a little more convincing. But he was patient, and I came around, due mostly to his gambling skills. You see, that was the year the Broncos (his team) played the Steelers (my team) in the playoffs. Josh bet me that if Denver won, I'd have to take him out to dinner. And if Pittsburgh emerged victorious (which we all knew was going to happen), he'd have to take me out. I think we both agree that this was the best gamble we ever made. Usually, love is not such a safe bet.

Josh:
Annie thought I was working on the 23rd, but I had arranged with my office to have the day off. I spent the whole day shopping and cooking. I happen to believe that it was my cooking skills that eventually won Annie over. Four years ago, as she was starting to come around to my idea that we should date, I had her over for to watch the Superbowl (it should be noted that the emerging football theme implies that we follow the sport much more closely than either of us actually do. Perhaps it's evidence of the lengths we were willing to go to play this flirtatious game). She has often remarked that my famous "stuffed sloppy-goppy burgers" were a selling point. But for dinner 4 years later, I went a little classier: Roasted garlic encrusted lamb, sesame green beans, twice baked potatoes, and a spinach and strawberry salad.

Annie:
I'd gone out to coffee after work with a friend, who we will call KL. Josh had said to call home when I was leaving so that he could "heat up leftovers." When she had to leave right at 6:00, I called and headed home.

Josh:
Slyly, I had arranged with KL to take Annie out after work so that I could have a little more control over what time she got home to the apartment we share (major shout out is due to KL for all the assistance in the whole process). One of the most amusing parts of the evening came later when Annie apologized for having gone out with KL and messing up my plans. I don't think she realized how much conspiring and plotting went into that evening.

Annie:
The whole thing hit me in waves. I entered the apartment to see a surprising number of candles on the shelves in our living room. My first thought was, "he went to a lot of effort to heat up leftovers." Then I rounded the corner and saw even more candles on every ledge in our dining nook. The next wave of thought was "did I do something that he's saying 'thank you' for?" I didn't think making him a salad that morning was so special. When I saw the rose petals on the floor and table, I started to have a better idea of what was going on.

Josh: 
I was sitting on the couch, waiting for it all to sink in. I figured that once she saw the apartment, there would be no reason to hold off with the question much longer, so I was ready with the ring box hidden behind me on the couch. Besides, if I had decided to wait until dessert, I probably would have passed out before we'd even made it though the main course.

Annie:
The problem is that they teach the boys what they are supposed to do in this situation. Josh had his whole speech prepared, but since I wasn't expecting the proposal for a few more months (I was convinced that he still needed to get the family diamond from his mom), I hadn't given any thought to what I would do or say. 

Josh:
Annie would have been a riot to watch if I wasn't so nervous. She stood up, showing me the mail and telling me about her day until I finally asked her to sit down next to me. Then, as I was trying to get though the little speech I had rehearsed, which was hard enough to remember without her kissing me every third word, I finally had to ask her to stop until I was done (the only time that has ever happened).

Annie:
When Josh finished his speech (which I can't remember, but he assures me was about how "every day for the past four years has been an adventure" and how he "couldn't wait to spend the rest of his life on this journey" with me), he got down on one knee - like the gentleman that he is - and produced a ring more gorgeous that I could have possibly imagined. 

Josh:
The first thing she said was, "really?"

Annie:
Yes, the first thing I said was "really?" - but "really?" as in "really today?", not "really, you want to do this?" The look on his face told me he was waiting for me to say yes, and I was more than happy to oblige.

Josh:
The best part of all of it, the way that I know that the she is my b'sheret (a Hebrew word meaning "meant to be") is this: the diamond at the center of Annie's ring was given in a necklace by my great-grandfather Jules (after whom I was named) to his wife on the day of their daughter's wedding. My grandmother gave it to my mom on her 21st birthday, and my mom has worn it around her neck ever since. She has always said that it would be mine when I was ready (with surprisingly little pressure for a Jewish mother) but it was only when I went to ask her for it the we realized the most amazing fact. The diamond's first owner, my great-grandmother, who died when I was quite young, was also named Annie. When I gave it to my Annie, I told her that it "has always been, and will always be Annie's Diamond." 


The history of Josh and Annie in photos (click the pictures for some funny captions):
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