My husband Jake and I had a crazy start. You can read all about it HERE. It seemed like we always just missed each other.
We started dating when we moved to Columbus together for work. He was always super sweet and he seemed like he had life all figured out. It’s actually crazy how much we needed each other. He was the calm to my storm. Jake sincerely completes my heart the way he’s able to calm me down and comfort me in times of distress. With him seeing so much of the good and so much of the bad; he is the biggest blessing I’ve had in this life. He’s the person I need to help me get through it all. Through having nothing to my name to working our way through financial planning and confidence, we’re one true soul.
If you haven’t learned yet, our relationship moved pretty fast. We decided to get a dog after two weeks of dating. I still can’t believe we did that... only TWO WEEKS together but I swear I truly always knew he was the one for me. He even told me he loved me for the first time within the month of being official. I’ll never forget it. We went on a double date to Smokey Bones with our boss and his girlfriend. If you don’t remember, we were dirt poor and probably shouldn’t have gone out, but we did. Since we all lived in the same apartment complex, we drove together. After we got back, Jake and I went to our apartment and our boss and his girlfriend went to their townhome and got ready for a party across the parking lot from us. While we were waiting for the okay to head to the party, Jake sat me down on the couch and said he’s been wanting to say something to me for a while now. When he first said, “I love you,“ I melted. I still don’t feel like we’ve left our “honeymoon stage.” After dating, engagement, and our impromptu court house visit, I am still truly the happiest woman in the world.
After three and and a half years he finally bought a ring. It is the prettiest thing I’ve ever seen and I don’t think I’m being biased. It’s big (almost too big because I hit it on everything), it’s shiny and it’s simply stunning. (I didn’t even pick it out either!) We looked at rings once before a few years ago and I was interested in the oval look, but little did I know halo was actually the key to my heart.
Our engagement story is like a bad joke. I knew he had a ring because while we were packing to go on our fourth of July trip to Clearwater Beach, Florida, he was so weird about packing his own bag and me keeping my hands off of his stuff. This was an obvious flag considering I pack most of his stuff for him... When we settled in the hotel we went to the balcony to enjoy the view where we saw a manatees and dolphins! I’m an awkward person and I looked at Jake and asked, “Do you want to know a secret? I hate secrets.” Oh, I will never forget that smirk he gave me. His response was simply, “Do you want me to do it?” Obviously I said yes and when he got the ring, got down on one knee, as I’m seeing this beautiful view of the Gulf of Mexico, I didn’t even answer him when I saw it! I was not expecting it to be so nice! I’m still speechless. Then he asked again and I then of course I said yes. This is where my awkwardness comes in. I then asked him how much it cost and then told him to return it because it was too much money. Why would that ever cross my mind?! I clearly still have it on my finger but it just makes me so happy knowing I get to wake up and fall asleep next to that handsome man for the rest of my life.
I cannot wait until I get to make him a daddy. I have an appointment Monday to check my follicles and hopefully I'll get the Trigger Shot that day too. Things are going slowly but surely, and I'm starting to get really excited for what the future has to offer. It's weird, sometimes I over stress and stress again because I'm stressed, but something just feels different. I almost feel at peace. I'm not sure if it's from the comfort in thinking this is all part of God's plan and my previous prayer of patience or not, but I'm starting to really feel happy with where I'm at.