New parents’ proposal joy
Nina and Blair celebrate their engagement at our Christchurch House
When Queenstown’s Blair Wilson got down on one knee in Room 15 of our Christchurch House, his partner Nina Boyes’ answer was easy – an overwhelming yes, amongst a few happy tears.
Nina is staying at the House while the couple’s baby Flynn is in Christchurch Hospital’s NICU after a very early arrival, so the proposal is her second big surprise in as many weeks.
“It was just after breakfast, we were about to go and see Flynn,” Nina says.
“Blair came and gave me a hug and said ‘I’ve got something I’ve been trying to ask you for ages’ – then he got down on one knee!
“I definitely shed a few tears!”
Nina describes the proposal as “very honest and very real”, especially given everything the couple has been through in the past few months.
Nina was just 26 weeks pregnant when Flynn was born on 11th August, and she has been staying at the Christchurch House ever since to be close to Flynn, with Blair visiting on his days off.
“I got rescue helicoptered from Queenstown to Christchurch and they managed to hold Flynn off overnight… but then at 7.31am he literally flew into the world!” says Nina.
“He was very determined to be here.”
All of this has happened during an already busy time for the couple – Blair accepted a new job six weeks ago, which also means a relocation to Twizel. Nina and Blair are looking to build there, so Blair spends his days off arranging this and visiting Nina and Flynn in Christchurch.
Blair says he was planning a big proposal, but there never seemed an easy time to ask the question with so much going on.
“Stuff just kept happening and I was wanting to try and find an awesome moment, but I thought if I don’t do it now, it’s never going to get done!” he says.
Nina and Blair are excited to be engaged, but wedding plans are low on the list – number one priority is getting their son home. Flynn will be in NICU until at least his due date, the 15th of November, so the couple are focusing on the new build and having a warm dry home, ready for Flynn’s arrival.
Until then, Nina says she and Blair feel fortunate to have a facility like Ronald McDonald House South Island.
“The care and compassion at Ronald McDonald House South Island has been incredible,” says Nina.
“Blair and I are very grateful to all the community groups, individual volunteers and businesses that provide donations, supplies and cook nightly meals… all this makes a hard road easier to travel.”