How We Met
Nathan and I met on Tinder. (I know, right, Tinder?!) I had just moved back to my hometown in Illinois from St. Louis last fall. Around the holidays I decided to give Tinder one last try. Nathan and I matched. I had a picture and a quote about enjoying fishing and he broke the ice with, “I’ll supply the lake and boat if you want to go fishing.” Our first date was at a coffee shop on the morning of Monday, December 23. After our coffee, we browsed an antique store, something we learned we both enjoy doing. Then, we decided to go for lunch. Little did we know most restaurants are closed on Mondays. So, we made a long drive to the nearest city for lunch. We got pizza and beers and made a stop by Bass Pro. Neither of us wanted the date to end, but being two days before Christmas we both had much to do. We spent New Years’ Eve at his cabin on the lake just the two of us. Talking and getting to know each other with a champagne toast at midnight, of course.
I was in the process of rehabbing an abandoned old house. Of course, Nathan knows all about electrical, plumbing, and construction. So, he started coming down and helping me often. It definitely gave us a chance to spend time together and get to know each other.
How They Asked
Nathan planned a vacation for us to North Carolina. We flew to Nashville and then rented a Jeep Wrangler for the drive. We drove through the Smoky Mountains with the top off. Beautiful! We stopped in Asheville to see the Biltmore Estate and spent the evening exploring local breweries. The next morning we made the last leg to Nags Head, North Carolina. AKA, the Outer Banks. We arrive at our hotel and he insists that we drive a little way out of town to explore and then go for dinner. After he asked if I was going to change, I put on a sundress and freshened up.
We made a drive about 20-30 minutes outside of Nags Head and pulled over. We crossed the dune to a beautiful empty beach. We start shell searching. The more we walk, the farther ahead Nathan gets. Finally, I catch up to him and he is just grinning. I said “What?” and catch a glimpse of something shiny out of my eye. He had placed 3 rings in a seashell in a hole in the sand. I turn and said, “What are those?” He grabs them and hands them to me. They were decoys while he pulled the real ring out and got down on one knee! He said some very sweet, sentimental words while I stood there speechless. I, of course, said yes!! Then we made our way back to Nags Head and had a delicious dinner with a beautiful view. We then spent the rest of the week enjoying each other’s company on the beach and exploring the Outer Banks.