Monday's total solar eclipse created a once-in-lifetime setting for Weston Baker to ask Amy Hobbs for her hand in marriage.
Monday’s total solar eclipse created a once-in-lifetime setting for Weston Baker to ask Amy Hobbs for her hand in marriage. The two were watching the eclipse from the sidewalk in front of Hometown Pharmacy, in the 600 block of Locust Street, in downtown Chillicothe. The sky had been overcast, but the clouds cleared just before the moon moved in front of the sun, creating the anticipated diamond ring image. “The rain was really putting a damper on the view so when the clouds opened right before totality, my eyes were glued to the sky,” Amy told the Constitution-Tribune. “I remember looking up at the sun saying “Wow! Look, babe! That is so pretty!!’” Meanwhile, Weston had other things on his mind. Timing was everything and he had only seconds to execute his plan before the moon would pass from the diamond ring stage into totality. “I’m not even sure what I said,” he recalled. “I know that I said something to the effect of ‘Wow! That looks like a ring!’” Amy agreed. “Kinda looks like this one,” Weston told her. Amy didn’t know what he was talking about. “I turned around to find him down on one knee with a ring box open,” she said. “Either he was shaking so much or I was in such shock that I remember having to focus intently on the box to make sure there really was a ring in it. I would not put it past Weston to be joking.” “I asked her,” Weston said, “and she said, ‘Absolutely!’” “Time stopped, and I couldn’t contain my dorky smile any longer,” he recalled. “It was like a huge weight was lifted from my shoulders.” Amy and Weston have been dating since June 8 and had discussed marriage. “We both knew from Day 1 that we would one day be getting married, so we had discussed marriage and proposal,” Amy said. “He always told me he would propose sometime in the winter, so I did not anticipate it happening during the eclipse.” Weston said he moved up his plans to propose after learning that during the eclipse, a diamond ring image would be visible in the sky. “I thought that I couldn’t waste the opportunity,” Weston said. He decided to pop the question during totality because it is such a brief moment in time and a once-in-a-lifetime event. The moment of totality is when the moon completely covers the sun and all locations within the path of totality become completely dark. “Besides, it makes for a cool story that we won’t forget,” he added. Weston said he was nervous about proposing. “Right before totality I was grabbing the ring in my pocket – shaking – because I knew it was going to happen.” As the moon traveled in front of the sun, the sky became dark. Weston looked at his friend, Lora Harp, who was in the know and was photographing the proposal. “When totality happened... BOOM!,” Weston recalled. “Adrenaline surged through me and I said to myself, ‘OK. It’s game time.’” Weston said that the planning was simple. “My awesome coworkers let me work in the Chillicothe office so I could physically be there,” he said. Amy said their first date was a meet-and-greet over lunch. “We both knew immediately this was the real deal, so we’ve spent every day possible together,” she said. Amy said she had no idea that the proposal would come on Monday. “I was not expecting any more from the eclipse but to watch the eclipse,” she said. Weston said that he received permission from Amy’s son, Mason, a few weeks ago to propose. “I had to slide it into conversation so it didn’t seem like a secret... haha!” Amy reflects on the day’s events and said the proposal was merely a stepping stone in the greater scheme of God’s plan for their lives. Weston and Amy both graduated from Chillicothe High School – Amy in 2007, and Weston in 2008. They knew each other in high school and even shared band and choir classes together. However, they were no more than acquaintances. For the last 10 years they lived their lives with no contact other than merely being “Facebook friends” who never communicated. “Little did we know, we both had been praying for each other that entire time – not the individual, specifically, but the likes of each other,” Amy said. “We knew God had someone picked specifically for us, and despite the struggle of being patient, we remained faithful to following God’s lead. Once God finally allowed our paths to cross again, we knew immediately God had arranged it.” Amy said that for the last two months they dug deep into each other to learn as much as they could about each other’s lives, beliefs, and morals. They’ve had conversations that many people don’t have in the first two months of dating. “The more knowledge we gained about each other, the more affirmation God gave us,” Amy said. “Every step of the way we have seen God’s hand move mountains in order for our relationship to flourish. So, the proposal was a known next step, as is the marriage that will follow, but they are merely steps that will lead us to a lifetime of surrender, commitment, and dedication to each other and, more importantly, God’s plan.” Weston was in active duty Air Force in New Mexico and returned to Chillicothe this summer. He is employed as a deputy juvenile officer for the 43rd judicial circuit and works out of the Hamilton office. Amy is employed as deputy recorder of deeds for Livingston County. A wedding date has not yet been set.