How We Met
Kevin and I grew up in the same hometown and went to the same elementary and middle school with about 30 kids in a grade. I remember him as being one of the boys the year above me that was good at sports, so good that he transferred his 8th-grade year to pursue basketball at the public school in 2009. From there we went to different high schools and rival universities, seeing each other from time to time at parties and around town on breaks. Kevin came back into my life permanently when my parents moved down the street from his house in a neighborhood with a lake. He found out that I moved into the neighborhood at the beginning of the summer and we spent the month of June texting and going on his boat on the weekends. One night after a big boat day with our friends, the girls went back to one house and continued to make jokes about how I was very obviously crushing on Kevin. Throughout the summer he continued to steal my heart… From boat days to bonfires on the lake, and let me beat him in mini-golf and arcade games. When the end of the summer came, he was going to head to Bloomington for his senior year and I was going to be 2 hrs away in West Lafayette. We decided to give the whole distance thing a try and keep what we have had alive. It was like something out of a fairy tale.
Since then we have really been through it all. Long-distance was hard, but we had no idea what was in store for us. In October of 2017, Kevin’s mom was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and his dad was admitted to the ICU just a few weeks later. We have dealt with loss, but we have also had some joys like graduating from college, both on our journey to become medical professionals, adopting an adorable pup, and buying our first home in southern Indiana. With the highs and lows, I will always be forever grateful for the summer of 16 bringing him back into my life.
How They Asked
Kevin and I usually take our dog for a walk around sunset on this awesome path downtown (Evansville, IN) right on the Ohio River. We go to the Riverwalk to talk, blow off steam when one of us has a bad day, and wear out our pup before dinner. On this particular Sunday, Kevin was acting a little off… but I figured it was because we had spent the whole weekend studying and had a crazy work week ahead. We both are in the medical field and have been so crazy lately. We took a break and went for our usual walk down by the river with our dog. On our way there he played a number of “our songs”, and as we pulled up he played Chris Lane’s new song “Big big plans” (that he had used to propose to Lauren and I have been obsessed with ever since). I at this point had no idea because he had been teasing me with it for weeks. The sun was setting, the weather was perfect, and it was our spot. We were at the spot where I usually make him stop so I can take a picture of the sunset over the river, and he stopped me and began to say some of the kindest and most thoughtful things. He got on one knee and asked me to marry him. I, of course, said yes and could not be happier to marry the love of life. Our engagement was a moment I will never forget.
After taking a moment to ourselves (and finish our walk), we called friends and family who were incredibly supportive and happy for us. Though we were able to get in touch with loved ones, there were two very important people that are not with us.
In the past year, Kevin (at 25 yrs old) lost both of his parents within 6 months of each other. Two people that will always be significant role-models for us in our relationship. Kevin planned our engagement with incredible thoughtfulness: from hours customizing my ring, down to the weather that day and the minute the sun was going to set to make it such a special moment, so I wanted to do something special for him.
I had him stop at the store and wait in the car. I came out with a balloon that read, “Mom and Dad, She said Yes!” We cried and smiled and prayed. We let go of the balloon and sent the message to Mom and Dad. We know that they are smiling down on us today and hope that they got our balloon. As the saying goes, “we know you would be here today if heaven wasn’t so far away.”
We are incredibly blessed to have our angels looking over us and the support of our family in friends, and look forward to the joys that our engagement brings. I love you Kevin, and I can’t wait to be your wife.