38-year-old Ray Smith wanted to make his hidden intention very clear when he decided to propose to girlfriend Claire Bramley. After finding out that she was pregnant, Smith told his love that he wanted to document the baby’s growth in photos. Bramley was none the wiser when her boyfriend stealthily inserted “Will you marry me?” signs into 148 of their photos over the course of five months. To make sure that his impending proposal stayed secret—even when his girlfriend asked to see the photos—Smith had to take one snapshot with the message and one without each time. “I had no clue, I was totally oblivious to it all,” Bramley told Metro.
Smith then elected to make this past Christmas one they’d never forget. “It was all a bit chaotic on Christmas Day morning so I took her away and set it all up on the laptop,” he revealed. “I got down on one knee and gave her a bit of spiel, and then popped the question.” As for Bramley, she immediately answered with a resounding “Yes!” after being blown away by Smith’s five-month project. “I didn’t need to think about it,” stated the bride-to-be. “I got a bit emotional, but I am pregnant after all.”
To see the proposal in its entirety, check out the video below.
1. Not to ask their parents for stuff
2. How to take care of your shit. I grew up a poor kid in a very rich school district, it amazed me at every turn how callously people handled or treated their possessions.
My friend’s families would just destroy furniture or tools or vehicles or clothes or any one of a thousand things like it was nothing, because A.) they never had to deal with it because their parents did everything for them and B.) they had enough money to not care.
My friends who come over to my house now still don’t understand and they get frustrated when I ask them to stop doing things. Little things – don’t bounce coins off my wood furniture, don’t spill shit all over the place all the time, don’t just leave glassware lying out everywhere where it’s bound to get knocked over, don’t leave books lying open face down, put up food you don’t eat, don’t just sit on everything…
When you’re poor, every possession is valuable and you have to take care of them to make them last
The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.
We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.
We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.
We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.
We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.
These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete…
Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.
Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.
Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.
Remember, to say, ‘I love you’ to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.
Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.
Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.
AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
Learning to love yourself can be difficult. Why do we say ‘sorry’ instead of ‘thank you’ when we share something difficult with a friend? According to artist Yao Xiao, we should be thankful for the kindness of our friends instead of thinking ourselves a burden.
We couldn’t agree more. Her simple, colorful cartoons are powerful food for thought.
I never pursued my dreams and aspirations
The number one regret that people have on their death beds is that they were never brave enough to pursue their dreams, but settled for what others expected of them. When they look back at their lives, they tend to recall their unreached goals and aspirations. They are often haunted by decisions that resulted in the lives they ended up with.
While you still have a lot of years to live, be sure to make some time for reaching your dreams. Start working toward your goals now; don’t keep putting things off until it’s too late.
I worked too much and never made time for my family
Excessive dedication to work causes a person to spend less time with their loved ones. Parents can even miss out on the lives of their children, because they spent their best years pursuing careers and making money.
It would do you good to determine what is really important. Do away with unnecessary expenses and things that only crowd your life – this will make room for improved relationships and better lifestyle choices.
I should have made more time for my friends
When health and youth have faded, people realize what are truly valuable – they find that all their income and achievements amount to nothing in the end. What really matters in those last few moments are the people who are dear to them. At that time, they tend to miss their friends.
It’s so easy to get lost in the daily grind that you forget to take care of your relationships. If you don’t intentionally stay in touch, you may lose contact with your friends through the year.