How We Met
I want to start you off with a mental image. A young blonde girl who wore volleyball kneepads far too often and cheered way too loud during marching band competitions, and a boy with long curly hair, wearing either a bass drum harness or a football helmet. This story begins in the year 2010. I had just started Escondido High School and it was my first year of a marching band. Being the band nerd I was, I was determined to end up with a boyfriend in the drumline.
Coincidentally, one of the drumline boys sat behind me during concert band season, playing the saxophone. It began with Adam walking me to class, slyly glancing at me during marching band practice and finally getting my phone number. At this point, I had really started to like this Adam boy. After several months of texting, calling, and seeing each other almost every day at school, we knew our connection was far deeper than music and sports.
Adam made me laugh harder than anyone I knew and listened to all the stories about my day. After building a strong friendship, Adam asked me to be his girlfriend. We then shared fun high school memories, and Adam soon graduated and started to attend Palomar College. After graduating, I attended Cal State San Marcos for two years. In 2016, I transferred to Azusa Pacific University. Shortly after, the Lord placed it on both our hearts to spend some time apart. After doing some needed growing, both spiritually and mentally, we both came to realize it would be way harder to be apart then we thought.
After all, it’s hard to separate a couple, let alone best friends. While I was away, Adam and I slowly started to once again spend late nights talking about our hopes and dreams in life. Adam would visit me at school, and we began to form a brand new relationship. After I graduated APU, I soon got a job offer to be a news reporter in Yuma, Arizona. I will always remember the feeling of having to tell Adam, not knowing if we would ever see each other again. Adam realized, it was now or never, he couldn’t let me getaway. Adam took me to the beach, and after sharing a picnic dinner, I said yes to Adam’s request to be his girlfriend once again.
How They Asked
If only she knew the next yes I would tell Adam, would be the window to the rest of my life. While working out of state in Arizona, Adam was patient and supportive, secretly planning a proposal. After several failed plans of proposing in their favorite place: Julian, CA, buying a ring, and asking my parents for my hand, the day finally arrived. To him and I, Yuma holds a special place in our relationship. “If it weren’t for Yuma, we wouldn’t be where we were today,” said Adam.
Adam planned for my co-worker to film the whole proposal. Adam walked me towards Downtown Yuma, where we had shared countless dinner dates and starlit walks down the main street. “That moment was so special, it was like I had fulfilled the purpose God had for my life. It felt like I was meant to be in that very place.
The Lord led me to the magnificent feeling of proposing to Arianna. It was like the world stopped as I went down on one knee. It was more than just the four words I asked her that day. I realized I was doing what the Lord has called me to do, to live life for him, which led me to her,” said Adam.
Whenever I look at my ring, I think of the curly-haired drummer boy whose eyes crinkle when he laughs, and can’t help but smile. For Adam, he remembers the young blonde girl from the band and smiles back. Because we know, how far we have come, and how far we will go.
Ecclesiastes 4:12: “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”