Saturday, June 28, 2008

It's official

I usually don't put too much really personal stuff on my blog but I do have to share this news with family, friends and total strangers.

This picture has been on our scroller for the past few days:

Yes, Michael and I are officially engaged! He proposed on June 25 as we took a moonlit stroll around the station. For anyone who knows Michael, for him to want to go outside here for a walk should be the first sign that something unusual is up. But he said that he wanted to get away from the station and enjoy the moon so we suited up in our ECW and headed out. Even though the temperature was -90F at the time, it was indeed a nice afternoon with soft waning moonlight and a faint aurora overhead.

We got to the geographic pole and that's when he got on his knee and popped the question. He even had a symbolic ring that our friend Paul, a plumber/maintenance specialist, made for us out of a section of copper pipe. Of course we had to take off our gloves and mittens to get the ring on, which led to some mild frostnip on the fingertips, but how often do you get a marriage proposal at the actual geographic South Pole?

Then he led me to the Cargo office where Nate had helped him decorate it with Christmas lights, had a video of a roaring fireplace playing on the TV and a bottle of champagne in a bucket of ice which had frozen solid on the way out there. We toasted and tried to make a call home to family to tell them the news but the satellite was squirrelly and we couldn't get a line out. So we headed back to the station for dinner and to my surprise, just about everyone there already knew the news. And soon, our Comms tech Shaun had the above message on the scroller to congratulate us.

So now the word is out and although we're enjoying the winter here, we're now especially looking forward to getting off the ice and starting a new life together. South Pole will always be a special place to me but now it's even more special since this is where I've met the love of my life and it's only perfectly fitting that we got engaged right at the pole marker for 90 degrees South.


At 9:57 PM, Anonymous Tara said...


May I be the first of your readers to congratulate you both. What a wonderful and unique proposal! I hope the next few months fly by so that you can begin your new life together in warmer climes.

Lots of love and best wishes to you both! xoxo

At 11:22 PM, Blogger craig said...

Congrats! I will see you both in October.

At 5:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations to you both! Has anyone else proposed at 90 south before (or is this a first)?

At 5:38 AM, Blogger Patti said...


At 8:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All The Best Forever.

the Best Forever

At 2:28 PM, Blogger Cindy said...

I was a little suspicious that the 2 of you were an item. :)

Congrats and Best Wishes,

At 11:58 AM, Anonymous Sarah K said...

Woo hoo!!!

At 7:19 AM, Blogger bigmoose said...

ha! excellent. im sure that's a first for humanity?

maybe you can have the wedding at the pole also. i can picture a really thick cuddly wedding dress.

At 5:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Congratulations! I'm glad you decided to share this personal part of your life with all your readers, because that is definitely in the top three most romantic proposals ever.
May you live long and prosper.


ps: If you have a wedding, I've already promised to go to Iowa and babysit so Shan can be with you to celebrate.

At 9:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've become a reader of your blog since Shaun Meehan doesn't ever update his :) And I used to work at premier.
Lots of love to you guys!!

At 2:31 AM, Blogger Inside the Philosophy Factory said...

How wonderful!!! What a romantic story to tell the kids and grandkids!!!

At 5:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats! I've been an enthusiastic follower of your blog from sunny Los Angeles after I found it while doing some research. It's been fun to keep up with your adventures and I hope that you'll continue to post about whatever's to come!

At 4:29 PM, Blogger Heidi said...

Thank you everyone for the well wishes and kind words! I don't know if anyone else has received a marriage proposal right at the pole itself but another couple, Chris and Karina, got engaged here over the winter of 2003. There was a wedding held at the pole in summer of either 2004 or 2005 season for Johnny and Erica and performed by our then-executive chef Cookie Jon. This is a great place to fall in love!

At 11:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a long time reader of you Blog I am so happy that you have found true love in the coldest place on earth. May you have long and happy years with each other.

At 4:02 AM, Blogger Inside the Philosophy Factory said...

I know someone in Minnesota who had an outdoor wedding in January -- it was on a frozen lake and had an ice fishing theme...

The groom and his groomsmen wore traditional hunting/fishing/camo gear... the bride wore a white snowsuit and a long cozy white cape.

At 1:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!! From all over the world I am sure people are pleased that this is how it went.

At 7:04 AM, Anonymous aztraildoc said...

Congratulations, and I wish you both well.


At 2:51 AM, Blogger shari said...

Congratulations, Heidi!!! I am so happy for you and Michael!! Wishing you much love adn happiness off the ice as well as on it!!

At 3:48 PM, Blogger Downhillnut said...

Total stranger chiming in - Congratulations!

May you enjoy long happy lives together.

At 6:11 AM, Blogger twinotter said...

Congratulations, Heidi! That's really cool. Winter is such a great adventure... all the interesting byways and paths you travel. Thanks for sharing the story. Sounds like you're having a great year down there.



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