We've kind of done this whole thing backwards.
Since he's going into the Military, we've been talking marriage for the past year, and for the past 5 months we've really considered ourselves to be engaged. We've been planning both our justice of the peace wedding and our traditional wedding and ceremony during this time, even though he had never officially asked me to be his wife. Backwards, I know.
Today is the the 4-year anniversary of the day we met, and I came home from work 40 minutes early, which was apparently a bad thing. When I got to the door, it was not only locked but deadbolted shut. He told me I couldn't come in yet, and that I had to go find something to do or sit in my car for 40 minutes. I eventually convinced him to let me come inside and hide in the bedroom if I promised to keep my eyes shut. I knew he was planning an anniversary dinner, but I didn't think he'd go this far with it!
When I got into the bedroom, I noticed all of our photos and candles had been taken down, which made me a little suspicious... but I hid out for almost 45 minutes before he came in and told me it was ready. Unfortunately, I wasn't allowed to go out the bedroom door--I had to walk out the back door, down the fire escape, around the building and come back in the front door!
When I got to the front door, there was more waiting--after about 5 minutes (which seemed like an hour at this point!) he came to the door and unlocked it, but told me I had to wait 10 seconds to go in.
When I opened the door, the lights were off but the house was lit by candles. Strung across the livingroom was a string with handwritten notes from him and photos of us clipped to it. All over the room, there were photos and memories of us, and on the ground leading into the kitchen was a trail made of construction paper hearts. In the diningroom on the table was another note, and when I turned into the kitchen he was there holding a sign that said "Happy 4 Year Anniversary." I was crying like crazy and he hugged and kissed me.
He asked me "did you think I was going to propose tonight?" and I said "yes!"
The next part is kind of blurry :)
He said "why would I do something silly like that" as he was getting down on one knee! He pulled out a ring, said something incredibly sweet (which, in my mess of tears, I'm not totally sure what it was...but I know it was beautiful and made me cry more!) and put a ring on my finger! It was perfect, and so much more than I could have ever dreamed of!!