september came around and my family had made the decision to move to georgia. unfortunately that meant i wouldn't see my house again since i was at school in ohio and they had to be in georgia pretty soon for my stepdad to start his job. well, phil came to the rescue and told me he would ask his baseball coach for the weekend off to take me to michigan to see my family and house again before the big move. it was even his birthday weekend! he spent his birthday painting my parents' garage..... what a great guy, right? he wasn't even unhappy about it either! so after driving me 4+ hours there and back again to school, helping us pack up the house, painting our garage and missing baseball and his birthday (at least a more fun birthday) on the way back to school when we stopped for gas he asked me if i needed anything from inside.. i said no, but i was just blown away. here he was, basically making me owe him my life with all these favors, and he is still giving. that is the moment i knew i was in love with him. i started to cry when i realized it and i was kind of in shock. i wasn't expecting it, at least not yet! after all, we had only been in an official relationship for a month and a half! that's too soon, right?...... : )
then in october one night we were walking along a rocky path by the school. he kept staring at me and tripping over rocks so i told him to watch where he was going "for heavens sake". he told me he would rather look at me. now while i will admit this is corny, this is exactly what my grandpa had said to my grandma when they were dating. ever since i heard the story i thought it was so sweet and romantic and i prayed one day my husband-to-be would say it to me. so when he said it i knew, october 2006 i was going to marry this man some day. i was absolutely certain of it from that moment on. of course i didn't tell him that, he is a much slower mover than i am.
the year was spent going on about a billion romantic walks, studying together, a few romantic dates sprinkled in there (hey we were college kids with no money!), going to my roomie's wedding followed by phil holding me while i cried since she was no longer my roomie, listening to michael buble every time we were in the car together, attending junior senior together... and finally the night.
|one of our many walks we took around cedarville|
|us at clifton mill... an awesome place at christmas with tons of lights everywhere!|
|at my roomie's wedding!|
|elliv in the spring. basically cedarville's student award show/our version of oscar night... kinda.. |
|junior senior banquet. affectionately known as js.|
|our shoes enjoying js.|