Our story began in the summer of 2010 in our high school’s library. Dan and I had been placed in the same advanced history class, and before school started there was a mandatory meeting at the library for all of the students and their parents, which my dad took me to. My dad knew Dan and his father from his days of coaching our town’s swim team, so the four of us ended up sitting together. I had never met Dan before, and my shy 16-year-old self completely freaked out at sitting across the table from this really cute guy– I became acutely aware of the toll that the summer humidity had taken on my untamed, frizzy hair that day. I looked at this guy, Dan, for maybe half a second before turning my eyes to the front of the room and then keeping them there for the remainder of the hour-long meeting. On our way back home, my dad said to me, “I didn’t know that you didn’t know Danny– I would have properly introduced you. He’s a really nice guy, maybe you’ll get placed in the same class period.”
A few weeks later, school started. When I settled into Advanced History next to one of my friends, this really cute, tall guy walked through the door and took a seat a few rows in front of me. I recognized Dan from the meeting, but I was way too shy to talk to him. Over the next few months we went from stealing glances at each other to making small talk, working in groups together, and having actual conversations. I loved the way he made me laugh, and I loved his smile. Our friends knew that we had crushes on each other, and they also knew that we were way too shy to do anything about it. By November, our friends had worked some behind-the-scenes magic to bring us closer. On November 24th, 2010 Dan and I “bumped into each other” in the hallway after school. He asked me to be his girlfriend and I asked him if I could give him a hug. Little did we know, our lives had just changed forever.
Dan became my first and only boyfriend, and I became his first and only girlfriend. Love blossomed pretty fast between us, and about six months in, I knew that he was the one I was meant to marry. People thought this was a little crazy, but I’ve learned that when God tells you something like that, he’s not joking.
College was our next adventure, and our relationship continued to grow and thrive. The last few years have been filled with study dates, cuddling, dreaming, and just doing life together. No, life isn’t always as rosy as it looks on social media, but we strongly believe that life is too short and love is too important to get angry and hold grudges. The most important thing is to love God and love each other.
On October 19th, 2014, Dan proposed to me at Holley Falls. I knew that we would eventually be getting married and I had been hoping that he would propose sometime soon, but I did not see it coming at all! I was under the impression that we were just going out to dinner, so when Dan suggested making a detour to the Falls because we were “early for our reservation,” I didn’t question it. My whole family was in on it and got there early to set up a blanket, pumpkins, and candles, and then they hid in the trees. In my mind, Dan and I were simply going for a nice stroll through the park, and when I saw the setup I actually said, “Hey, look! Someone must be having a really cute picnic!” I had no idea what was going on until Dan walked us closer to the “cute picnic” and got down on his knee. I immediately burst into tears and once I said yes, the trees started clapping and my family ran out of hiding to congratulate us. It was one of those magical moments that your heart captures in its book of memories and fairy dust.
I didn’t allow myself to start planning our wedding until after I graduated from college this May, but now I’m reading to jump into wedding plans headfirst. We haven’t set the exact date yet, but it’s going to be in the Spring of 2017.
Life is good. Love is sweet. We are blessed.
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