In December Jobs took Powell to his favorite vacation spot, Kona Village in Hawaii.
He had started going there nine years earlier when, stressed out at Apple,
he had asked his assistant to pick out a place for him to escape.
At first glance, he didn't like the cluster of sparse thatched-roof bungalows nestled on a beach on the big island of Hawaii.
It was a family resort, with communal eating.
But within hours he had begun to view it as paradise.
There was a simplicity and spare beauty that moved him, and he returned whenever he could.
He especially enjoyed being there that December with Powell. Their love had matured
The night before Christmas he again declared, even more formally, that he wanted to marry her.
Soon another factor would drive that decision.
While in Hawaii, Powell got pregnant.
"We know exactly where it happened," Jobs later said with a laugh.