Andrew and I first met when we were 11 and 10 (respectively). We attended the same church, and our families were good friends. Despite this, however, we remained basically unaware of the others existence until the summer of 2015.
In August 2015, our church sent a group of young folks on a weeklong missions trip to the Gleanings for the Hungry base in Dinuba, California. Andrew and I had both participated in this ministry before, but somehow hadn’t noticed each other until this summer. We worked alongside each other all week, and spent increasingly more of our free time in each other’s company. By the end of the week, we were good friends and sorry to say goodbye. He returned to his home in Washington, while I went back to Southern Oregon.
We frequently corresponded through email over the next couple of weeks. We even planned a weekend trip for him to bring some friends to visit, at the end of which he asked my dad if we could get to know each other more intentionally.
And thus started it all.
The next month comprised of daily phone calls, emails, and chats – a flurry of questions and answers sent back and forth as we tried to get to know each other and discern if a deeper relationship was worth pursuing. We discussed our beliefs, our core values, our pasts, our strengths and weaknesses, expectations, anything and everything we could think of that would help us know one another on a deeper level before emotional attachment came into play full force. After a month, we decided that we wanted to proceed, and we officially announced our relationship.
We dated for eight months, with Andrew driving four hours (each way) just about every other weekend to come and visit. When he wasn’t here, we wrote each others letters and emails, and also talked frequently on the phone and over chat.
On May 31st, 2016, on the flight deck of the USS Midway aircraft carrier in San Diego, California, Andrew asked me to marry him.
I said yes. ❤
I have created this blog as a journal of sorts to write about our engagement journey and wedding planning. I hope that you enjoy watching the next chapter of our story unfold! It is going to be beautiful.