And so it begins…

In the fall of 2005 I was a senior in high school. I was single, carefree, and incredibly happy. I spent every moment I could with my friends. In my opinion, nothing could have made those last few months any more blissful than I had already planned on them being. And then it was time for homecoming. All, literally, all of my friends had dates. There was this boy, we’ll call him M, who liked me, and who I had been ignoring and avoiding for weeks. M was a year younger than me (AGES when you’re a senior in high school) and I had been gunning for my best guy friend, G, to ask me to homecoming but he was taking f o r e v e r. One evening as we (my gigantic group of “best” friends) were leaving a friends house, M got me alone and asked me to homecoming. Fortunately for both of us, it was a mere two weeks away and I was desperate. That was the first truly significant agreement I had ever made.

Homecoming was wonderful. M and I had a blast. I even kissed him that night. I didn’t realize that I had fallen for him, but I did. I fell hard. Luckily for me, he was already friends with my friends so he was always just around. He played sports that I enjoyed watching, so I would go to his games. It was amazing how fast we fell in love. I think G might have been a little jealous of all of the fun we had. 

Four years later, in the summer of 2009, I turned 21. I had my over-the-top birthday party a week after my actual birthday. My party immediately followed my sister-in-law’s baby shower, so all of my and M’s families were invited. It was a gathering of around 80+ people in the backyard of my home. It was hot and the booze was flowing (of course, I was finally 21!). M had been acting a little strange, and I was a little suspicious, so I didn’t drink very much. My wonderful mother had made a gigantic cake (chocolate cake with raspberry in between the layers and cream cheese icing – amazing) that I couldn’t wait for her to bring out so I could eat it! When she did, everyone sang me happy birthday and M was right there with me. I was actually pretty annoyed that he was there. I wanted to blow my candles out on my own and he was ruining it! 

However, I did blow my candles out on my own, and when I turned around, M was on one knee with a box in his hand. I made the most ridiculous face ever and shoved my left hand in his face. I was so overwhelmed with emotion that I can’t remember what his exact words were, but I know they were so amazing that I couldn’t produce a response other than a hug (and I think I said “I hate you” because I was so embarrassed. I’m kind of a private person and that was NOT a private moment!!). I had never been happier. This is the second most significant agreement I’ve ever made. 

We planned to wait until 2012 to get married so that we were finished school. I’m working on a double degree and M is a year younger than me. We had transferred into University of Maryland and we each lost a year in the process. We’re finally within a year and you can follow our journey to wedded bliss right here. :)

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