Ashlie and Darin

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How We Met

I met Darin at a bar, which is incredibly out of character for both of us. However, I was 19 and had never been to a bar so a friend convinced me to go. As fun as it was, I felt very uncomfortable. Then i spotted a cute guy in cowboy boots and decided i had to talk to him before the night was over. I ended up dancing with him the last part of the night and we exchanged phone numbers at the end of the night. Turns out the friend he had come to the bar with liked the friend I had gone with so the four of us hung out again the next weekend, but Darin and I ended up not liking each other very much.

Our friends ended up dating and we continued to see each other when our friends dragged us along with them. About the 5th time we were all hanging out together Darin and I got caught up in conversation and ended up sitting and talking all night long. After that night I was certain he was the one. We “talked” for about a month before we started dating and then we moved in together after 3 weeks of dating. Things happened very quickly, and it was very difficult sometimes, but we stuck together!

How He Asked

October 14, 2015 was my 21st birthday. Darin and i both took the day off so we could spend it together. We didn’t have any set plans for the day, all I knew for sure was that we were supposed to go to my parents for dinner that evening. We got up that morning and had breakfast and got ready to go out for the day. He took me to lunch, he ordered pork steak (his favorite), ate about two bites and then said he was sick. I didn’t think anything of it because he usually gets sick when he eats. After lunch he took me to an antique store i had been wanting to go to, and then for a drive because that is my favorite thing to do. By then it was time for dinner so we went to my parent’s for dinner.

She made lasagna (Darin’s other favorite meal) and he got sick again, this time i got worried but he insisted he was fine. AFter dinner my mom was getting cake ready and she said she forgot to get cool whip and asked my sister and I to go get some. My aunt told me to pick up a bottle of wine too while we were out, so we grabbed what we needed and then went back to the house. When we pulled up in the driveway i could see something at the top of the driveway between the trees but I couldn’t tell what it was. We pared and I got out of the car with my arms full of wine and cool whip. I realized it was Darin standing between the trees, in the glow of lights that were wrapped around the trees and around the ground where he was standing.

He told me to come to the spot he was standing, and I said no. Ha! I was confused at this point, but after he asked again I put my things down and walked over to him. As i walked his direction I passed by my family all lined up along the edge of the drive. At this point I was pretty sure I knew what was going on. I got to Darin, and my family turned on a spotlight. He says “Hi.” …… “Ashlie, I know we have been through some tough stuff, but we have made it through it all. You know I love you. You are my best friend.” Then he gets down on one knee and asks, and obviously, I said yes!

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