how we met
Jake and I met through a mutual friend, she worked with me and Jake was friends with her brother. Anyways, we started texting and felt a pretty good connection through that. We found out a lot about each other and how much we had in common. He likes the outdoors, I like the outdoors, he likes to travel, I like to travel, he’s a dog person, I’m a dog person, he hates coffee, I love coffee… So yes we still had our differences. But, from what I could tell over texting and Facebook, he was a guy I’d like to get to know.
Our first “date” (if you want to put labels on it) was at White Bear Market Fest in July 2013 Let’s keep in mind this is my first time meeting Jake, so I was nervous as could be (so it might have been good we didn’t call it a date, or I might have been really uneasy). So, I drove to his house and he let the dog out first. Emma got to meet me before Jake, so pretty sure she thinks I come over to see her over Jake. Jake and I get in his car and drive to downtown White Bear. We walk around Market Fest, people/dog watch and talk. The whole time I’m walking with him, I’m waiting for him to hold my hand… He doesn’t. So a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do, I grab his hand first (Yes, I do still hold it over his head that I grabbed his hand first… even if he doesn’t agree).
Eventually, we run out of things to see and he suggests we go back to his house to hang out. I agree and we head home. We spent the next hour or two flipping through channels trying to find something to watch. Then Bill, Jake’s dad, comes home. Now Jake did not tell me I was going to meet his dad… so thanks for the surprise. So I got to meet Bill. He was nice.. don’t worry. Then, we went to watch more TV until I had to leave. He walks me out to my car. Is he going to kiss me or not? Nope because guess who had to kiss him… ME! (Yes, I hold this one over his head too, but he agrees on this one). So yea, it all worked out in the end. It’s funny because I soon learned how surprised Bill was that Jake had brought a girl over and that’s when his family started getting a hunch that I might be over a lot more.
After Market Fest, we went on a few more dates. Eventually, summer was over and we had to decide if we want to make this work while we’re both at school. We both agreed we could make it work and dated ever since.
how they asked
Earlier in the week, my parents asked Jake and I if we wanted to come help pick out the family Christmas tree on Saturday and we agreed. Jake came up with this idea that “hey since we’ll be over on that side of town, let’s go hiking.” I had no problem with that. Being the adventurous couple we are, we didn’t mind the fact that the weather would be colder than ideal hiking conditions.
Saturday came and we woke up to meet my parents at the tree farm outside of Hudson at 9:00a. We found a tree quickly, so Jake suggested we drive around and look at some cool houses nearby (this is not unusual for us). After driving around, we pulled into Willow State Park and parked the car to set out on our hike. While we were walking, Jake kept pulling me to walk slower. Personally, I am a fast walker so, again, not out of the norm. Eventually we got to the falls and I noticed a picnic set up on the rocks.
Now the red flags are popping up in my head. I looked at him and asked “what’s that about?” He just smiled and said “I don’t know. Let me take your picture in front of the falls.” So he took my picture then pulled a piece of paper out of his pocket. He said, “here I wrote you something.” I took the paper and began to read it and once I was done he pulled me toward the picnic setting.
Once we got there, I saw all the details, such as the sign the said Marry Me and the tree with ornaments of our initials on it. That’s when we got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I said yes and we hugged and kissed and blah blah blah.
Then I hear a *click* of a camera and look over. Jake tells me how he hired a photographer for us and now we get to have a mini photo shoot. We pop the champagne and take some photos together. They fill me in how she was running behind schedule and Jake had to stall since we found the tree so fast (looking at houses, telling me to slow down… sneaky).
After we were done, we spent the rest of the day stopping by our parent’s houses and celebrating with friends. So long story short, it was the best day of my life.