Crystal and Julio
How We Met
Julio and I met three years ago in 2012 when we went to Six Flags with a group of friends. Nothing came of the day we met, because we were both in other relationships, but he had my respect and admiration after getting to know him. Fast forward to November 2014, I was having a party at my house and he showed up! We got to talking and I found out he was in Nursing school as well, and as it turned out a lot of common interest, again nothing happened that day, but that day was different- we became friends.
Fast forward again to February 2015, I was at one of my clinical sites when I saw his school at our site as well. I was unusually excited to say hi, so on my break I went to look for him to say a quick hello, but he wasn’t there. When I got home that night I sent him a message to let him know about my what happened that day and he kindly told me he was a different site. That message lead to a 4 hour conversation on everything from school, nursing, ambitions, family, friends, and love. The next week would be filled with hours of phone conversations, writing, and even plans for a spring break trip! When he came to pick me up for our first date, I still remember clear as day the way I felt. It wasn’t until recently that I was able to describe it to him, I didn’t know it then, but that feeling was love, real, pure and instant love. That night we stayed up well into the next morning talking, eating, and laughing. After that first night I both knew that he was my forever. It’s been truly happily ever after ever since.
How He Asked
When you know, you just know right?
Julio and I are very big on family. It’s the core of who we both are. I let him know a long time ago that the day he proposes, that it had to be something “very us.” I didn’t care for it to happen on top of mountain, a restaurant, on a Jumbotron, or in front of the Eiffel tower. To make it the proposal of my dreams, we some how had to be surrounded by family and friends. For our first Thanksgiving together we decided to bring our families together at our place so we wouldn’t have to bounce around.
Both of our families get along so well, so things were going off without a hitch as the night went on. After a lot of food, drinks, conversation, and laughter- my dad summoned everyone to play a game. My family never plays games on Thanksgiving, but Julio told me that his family does so I didn’t think twice about it.
The game was played in couples, one person is sitting and blind folded, while you try to guess what object your partner has picked out for you to feel and finally guess what it is.
Two or three couples went before us and the game had everyone in stitches. It was our turn. I was blind folded, and he handed me the object, it felt smooth and it had a handle- I had no clue what it was. Julio gave me a clue and right away, I yelled out “the hammer of Thor!” It was a home made Hammer, and I laughed because it is a running joke between us.
He grabbed the hammer from my hands and he said he made it himself and he wanted to tell a story. When we first started dating i told Julio a story of when I was a kid and I used to walk home from school and pick up rocks, that were scattered or “by themselves,” put them in my backpack and put them under my bed- because I wanted to “give them a home.”
I lost it. I knew what was going on and what was going to happen, I balled my eyes out.
Julio looked at me and said that he had one more rock for me and that he hopes I take care of it forever. He opened the hammer in half and there was the box, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I don’t think I even looked at the ring, I could not stop saying YES YES in between sobs. I couldn’t believe it, everyone that was means everything to us was there, snapping pictures, taking videos, cheering, and crying. My dad probably shed the most tears.
I’ve never been happier in my entire life than when he slipped that ring on my finger. Our engagement story is small and simple, but it’s made so big by all the people that were there to see it all and give us an overwhelming amount of love.