The marriage proposal had taken place on Ray’s late grandmother’s birthday. With Ray napping in the bedroom, Avery set the stage in the kitchen. She uploaded pictures of Ray and her grandmother, and of Ray and Avery, onto a digital frame. She also picked up an Edible Arrangement that was especially significant because it had several Morning Doves, and Ray refers to Grandma Flossie as her Morning Dove.
When Ray awoke, the digital slideshow began. The last picture to appear on the frame was of the engagement ring. Ray turned to find Avery on her knee with an open box, displaying a beautiful ring. Avery said, “I know this day usually brings you sadness, but I want to replace your thoughts of sadness with thoughts of happiness. I want you to have a reason to smile on this day. Will you marry me?” Ray said YES, as tears flowed down her face.