How We Met
We met, in my opinion, in the utter most un-romantic way possible: online. I had recently moved back in with my dad after a bad breakup, and my dad’s girlfriend told me I needed to meet new people and get out more (?). She had met my dad on a dating site, so she recommended I make a profile, if only to meet new friends. So I did, thinking I was just opening the flood-gates to people I would never be interested in romantically. To my surprise, the second message I received completely drew me in. It was from Andrew, and he gave me three questions to get to know me better. I’m a sucker for a questionnaire, so I scoped his profile. He seemed pretty intelligent and kind-hearted. He didn’t look anything like a guy I would typically date, but he was cute, so I decided to message him back. Question 1: How much do you tip your bartender? Answer: 20% minimum, always. Any extra is for an extra good time. Question 2: What’s your favorite animal? Answer: Peacock, because of their beauty and grace. Question 3: If you won the powerball, what would you do with the money? Answer: I would pay off my student loans, buy a house and a nice car, and travel. From there, we hit it off and continued messaging each other for the next couple weeks. We were finally able to meet in person, and had an amazing evening together over food and drinks. By our third date, we made it official that we were a couple!
How They Asked
I have loved this man since the moment I met him, but nothing prepared me for the amount of love I would have for him once we had a child together. Neither of us are very traditional, so it’s not surprising that we were blessed with a daughter before we were married. On September 23, 2018, we hiked up to Chautauqua Park to do a photo shoot for our daughter’s first birthday. It was a very hot and miserable day, but Andrew’s support got us through. He was positioning our wobbly one year old for her next photo, when he asked me to grab his phone for him. I handed it to him and then turned to take a picture of our daughter.
To my surprise, she was holding a ring box. I quickly turned around and said something to the effect of “shut up!” He was on one knee with another ring box, with the most beautiful ring I had ever seen inside. He tells the story now that he had this elaborate speech prepared in his head, but all he could get out of his mouth at the time was “Megan, will you marry me?” I completely blacked out, but apparently I said yes and made him quickly stand up so that he could put the ring on my finger. I remember hearing people clapping, but I was on cloud 9. That day was one of the best days of my life, and I am so excited to marry the father of my child!