Courtney and Andy

How We Met

Andy and I met officially in 2009 when he was a sophomore in high school and I was a freshman, although I’d always known who he was — he was one of the cool guys! Back in middle school, when he was in 8th grade and I was in 7th, I’ll never forget seeing him at one of the middle school dances thinking how adorable he was, but wouldn’t dare even think about saying something to him. So, you can imagine my shock when my middle school crush walked up to me a few days after my freshman year of high school started and told me, “I just wanted to say that you are so pretty!” I was walking to band practice while he was walking to football practice, so I was shocked that this cute football player just told a girl walking to band practice with her clarinet in hand that she was pretty (and it also took me a while to believe he was actually interested).

After that, every day at school he tried to prove that he was serious about it – he said hi to me in the hallway every chance he got and tried to spark a conversation, and then ended up getting my number from another girl in my class. We talked every single day, beginning to really get to know each other, and on September 21, 2009, he stopped in front of his locker before class, looked at me all nervous, and asked me to be his girlfriend. It was adorable :) We became best friends. I cheered him on at his football and soccer games, and he supported me at band competitions. We are opposites in some aspects, but that’s what makes us interesting!

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When he graduated high school in 2012, he went on to Concord University to play football and major in business, and the following year, I went to Marshall University where I’m currently working on a Bachelor’s degree in nursing. We go most of the year being about 3 hours away from each other, which isn’t always the easiest thing. I’m thankful for it though, because we’ve been able to grow into our own selves, while also growing as a couple.

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How He Asked

I was under the impression that December 24, 2014 was just going to be another normal Christmas Eve (even though every Christmas Eve is special to me, because Christmas is my absolute favorite time of the year!). The day started pretty normal, and I never suspected that Andy was planning something big. That evening, we went to my family’s Christmas Eve church service and his family’s church service after that. Following the services, we went to his grandparents’ house to celebrate Christmas with them like we usually do! Still, I never noticed anything suspicious, not even from his family members who knew the whole time what was going to happen when we left. As we started to leave, Andy suggested that we go look at the beautiful Christmas lights our friend Haleigh’s grandparents put out every year. We had been so busy that we hadn’t gotten a chance to go see any lights yet, even though it’s one of my all-time favorite things to do at Christmas time. Of course I wanted to see the Christmas lights – they’re my favorite thing! However, I was getting super tired that night and argued with him that I’d rather just go home for the night and maybe the lights would still be up on Christmas day, we could go then! He was very persistent, saying that he knew for sure they’d be taking them down the next day and that tonight would be our last night he knew for sure that we could see them, and he didn’t want me to miss seeing the Christmas lights this year. I eventually agreed; I really didn’t want to go a Christmas without seeing any lights!

When we arrived, I was instantly happy just because of the lights, and I was so glad we hadn’t just went home. Haleigh came out to talk, and Andy asked her if she would take a picture of us. We walked over to the perfectly decorated gazebo, where we posed for a normal picture. Then Andy looked at me and said, “How about we take a different picture? Something we’ve never done before?” So I just looked at him and asked, “like what?” With his response, “how about something like this?” he got down on one knee and pulled a little blue box out of his pocket. I really can’t even put into words how shocked I was, because I always thought I would have an idea that it was about to happen before it actually did. But no, I was completely caught off guard (in a good way) just because I really did not expect that it was going to happen then! When you dream about something for so long, it’s hard to believe it’s actually happening when it finally does!! I couldn’t even speak I was so surprised. So when he started saying the sweetest words to me, my eyes started to water but I still couldn’t say anything. When he asked, “Will you marry me?” I was taking his huge smile and sweet words in, I almost forgot to say yes! I finally got the word out, and he jumped up and gave me the biggest hug he’s ever given me.

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It definitely took me a few minutes to realize that this wasn’t just a dream that I was gonna be waking up from, this was real, and we were officially engaged to be married! I cried the rest of the night (happy tears of course)! But after “dating” someone for so long, it’s the craziest/happiest feeling to have moved to the next step. I’m so excited that I get to marry my best friend since we were 14 and 15 years old. Christmas time has always been my favorite, but this Christmas was the greatest one, hands down.

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