How We Met
It’s hard to believe the man I am about to marry used to be the tall skinny boy who rode his bike to my house in the 8th grade. While the middle school romance was short lived and we went separate ways in both high school and college, our paths happened to cross again in our hometown in Michigan, not long after I graduated. Over the next few years, our friendship grew along with our feelings for each other. However, it wasn’t until I made the decision to take an opportunity for work in Atlanta that we (he) realized what we truly had. Little did I know that my “farewell” present of cinnamon roll Oreos and an Atlanta Falcons t-shirt wasn’t a farewell at all… Shawn made the trip down to Atlanta just over a month after I made the move and the rest is history!
how they asked
While Shawn was in the fire academy, we agreed to put engagement plans on hold so he could focus on completing his training, or at least, so I thought… There had been a brief discussion about going ring shopping in the future, but it hadn’t happened yet, so his proposal was not even on my radar. As president of his fire academy class, Shawn had to give a speech at his academy’s graduation; I helped him write (most of) the speech, and while I understand being nervous to speak in front of a couple hundred people, I couldn’t wrap my head around why he was SO nervous. Like, rapidly pacing back and forth as I proofread his speech, nervous.
The day of graduation came, and it finally all made sense. Much to my surprise, his speech ended with him down on one knee in front of the whole crowd, complete with a standing ovation, lots of ‘woots’ and ‘congratulations.’ As someone who typically has a plan in place for everything, never in my wildest dreams did I think it was going to happen that day and I couldn’t have imagined anything more perfect.