If you follow me on Instagram, you know that a little somethin’ somethin’ happened two weekends ago. Paul asked me if I wanted to change my last name forever and of course I agreed. I didn’t know if I wanted to share the story [because sometimes these things can come off as “eeeek gag me.”], but you all put up with me this much so I figured why not! 😉
Paul and I had talked about marriage a lot. To be 100% honest after our first date in the car I said, “Well, we know we are going to get married so when is our next date?” #whenyouknowyouknow
I have no idea why I was so blunt. Literally. It was my evil twin taking over my tongue.
Paul and I met through friends. Some of my best friends went to Tech and that’s where he went to school. The summer before I graduated college I met him through them. A few weeks into getting to know each other we were at a friend’s dinner party and he just looked at me mid-taco and said, “Would you mind leaving so I can take you on our first date?”
We went to Joe T.’s [my favorite restaurant in Fort Worth] and stayed for 4 hours. I think I talked a mile a minute and asked him everything from who he voted for to what denomination of church he attended. I meannnnn you gotta know these things ladies. #curiosity
We’d started talking marriage seriously the past few months and he always made comments around family and friends that we would get engaged soon. I was CONVINCED it was happening a certain weekend because I’m nosey. Maybe I searched his room when he would go to the bathroom to try and find a box. Maybe not. I don’t know who would do that…
He knows I’m so nosey so he had my girlfriends take me to the ranch for the weekend so I suspected nothing. On the way there I tried to pick my girlfriend Laura’s brain on when it would happen and somehow I got to the conclusion it was happening in 4 weeks from now? Not sure how that happened…
On the way back she kept saying we should go get our nails done. I was exhausted and wanted to just take a nap, but she was being pretty forceful. So I took it from a place of I looked like a tacky hot mess, as opposed to I was getting proposed to. I was clueless. Paul told me we would go to Fort Worth for dinner that night, which wasn’t abnormal at all. We want to move back to Fort Worth when we get married, so we are always running off to date nights there.
He picked me up and I made the situation real difficult.
1. When he came over I begged that we stay at home and watch Netflix. I really just wanted pizza and to watch The Americans.
2. He got me in the car and I fell asleep. He kept trying to wake me up and I told him to be quiet… So romantic.
3. We got to the restaurant and no one was there. He planned that of course but I’m just naive as all get out and said, “Wow. I guess people do really want to watch the Super Bowl tonight.”
Mid meal he said we would leave and go to Joe T.’s like our first date. I didn’t catch on either…I just thought he was being sweet.
So when we got to leave he proposed. And I cried. And then sobbing I told him I couldn’t put the ring on because I was scared I’d lose it. I think I’m the most difficult woman in the world to propose to.
Once we got to Joe T’s the back room was filled with my family and our best family friends.
It was the best night of my life but I can’t tell you a word he said when he proposed to me. I literally could not hear him. He said something about love and taking care of me and Jesus. But that’s all I know. I just heard God so clearly in that moment say he loved me. I thought I was crazy and then my friend Hannah said, “I love that you found someone so special that you can feel God’s love in moments with him.” That’s exactly it. The entire time we have dated I always tell him he is the greatest evidence I’ve ever seen on this earth of God’s love for me and I know God wanted me to have that feeling solidified in that moment.
In the weeks since he proposed we picked a date [it was really easy! My parents/grandparents/great grandparents all got married in September.] and have had such a fun time planning our marriage. I’m way more into planning marriage than this wedding business.I let my mom do a lot of it, but if you want I’ll share updates along the way! 🙂
I just want to thank you all for following me along on this little blog and letting me share my life with you. Your congratulations, well wishes and celebration during this time of my life have made it even richer. I feel like I know you all and admire SO many of your marriages! Thank you for being such wonderful friends!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend and thank you for letting me share!