How We Met
Sam and I met our sophomore year of college at a philanthropy event for my sorority. It was October 9, 2014. I thought he was a contestant in our event so we struck up a conversation that ended up lasting all night. We exchanged numbers at the end of the night and I didn’t think much of it until the next day. I kept thinking about the genuine, deep, faith-based conversation I had held with a complete stranger the night before. And that’s when he texted me. Within a week, we started hanging out and I knew there was something different about Sam. This date consisted of two-stepping, sweet conversations on a nearby dock, and endless laughs. Did I mention I was falling hopelessly in love with this man? I didn’t need years. In a matter of weeks, I knew I was falling for someone that grew up just 20 minutes from me in Fort Worth, Texas. It was October 24, 2014.
I will never forget the number of dinner reservations we missed because we were engrossed in a conversation about Jesus and what was in store for us. And by November 25, 2014, Sam asked me to pursue each other in a Godly relationship (easiest “yes” I had ever said… so far). After that, I was smitten and every date seemed somehow better than the last. And on January 22, 2015, at 11:15 PM, Sam stood across from me in my apartment kitchen and told me he was falling in love with me, which I immediately reciprocated (although I could have said it after a handful of dates).
But things didn’t go exactly like we had planned (graduate, get jobs in the same city, get married, and live happily ever after).
In August of 2017, I graduated from Texas A&M University (whoop!!) and moved back to Fort Worth to start my job. Sam still had one semester of school left, but what’re six months apart? I couldn’t wait for Sam to graduate and move back to Fort Worth so we could get this ball rolling…. But God had other plans. In December of 2017, Sam graduated from Texas A&M and got the call. The call that would send him halfway across the country to work for Dow Chemical at their headquarters in Zionsville, Indiana. It was his dream job and I couldn’t be more excited for him, but my heart sank at the thought of not seeing my best friend for months at a time. The next nine months were filled with late-night, heavy-hearted calls, expensive flights that broke the bank (who even flies to Indiana??), and endless prayer that God would be present in that time. I would be lying if I said those nine months were easy. But we trusted Jesus and His plans and leaned hard into our family and friends who supported us endlessly. And on August 30, 2018, Sam got a call that he landed a new position in Abilene, Texas. It wasn’t perfect, but 168 miles felt like a blessing compared to 800 miles before. Nine months later, Sam would propose.
How They Asked
I was scheduled to take a work trip to Chicago in mid-May and asked Sam if he wanted to join me. We had gone to Chicago a year prior and fell in love with the city, so what would be better than a free trip? Sam flew in on Thursday night before my last day of work and we spent the night exploring the city and eating at our favorite spot – I had no idea Sam was planning on proposing the next day! Then, our lives changed forever…. I woke up on Friday to a text from my sister that read, “You’re about to be an aunt!”… MY SISTER WAS IN LABOR. I was so excited to get back to my sister in Fort Worth but knew I couldn’t leave our weekend getaway early after Sam had flown all the way out to see me. I knew I would be home soon enough, so I decided to stay in Chicago for one more day.
All-day long I got live updates from my sister while exploring the city with Sam. As we got ready for dinner, we briefly discussed some dinner plans we had made a week ago. I was excited but was definitely anxious to hear from my sister. Sam ordered the Uber and as we got in, we headed towards Michigan Lake, away from the restaurant. I stared at Sam in confusion and asked if he gave the Uber the right directions and Sam grabbed my hand and smiled. Was this his way of taking me to a surprise dinner?
As we pulled up to North Shore Beach, he told me we were taking a sunset cruise for dinner, but there was no boat in sight. We got out of the Uber and began walking down the pier. As I asked Sam if we were really going on a boat cruise, he whispered, “Just trust me,” and got down on one knee. We were both so overcome with emotions as Sam said, “You know I’ve wanted to ask you something for a long time now” and asked me the most important question he would ask me. And I said the easiest “Yes!” while wearing the biggest grin. It was so surreal. I became an Aunt and said “yes “to forever with my best friend all within a matter of hours. Queue the tears!!!!
Did I mention that he custom-designed the ring?