Gabby and Joey
How We Met
Joey and I met through mutual friends on a rec volleyball team at Messiah College (Grantham, PA). My volleyball team was in need of a few more people and my roommate happened to have a friend in one of her classes that she asked to join and he had a friend (Joey) who he was going to ask to join as well. Well that’s when I added Joey on Facebook because obviously I had to see who this new kid was. Before I had met him I had determined that he was single and thought he was just adorable. The day came for our first volleyball game and we finally met. We shook hands and were very cordial but once we were on the volleyball court, there was all kinds of teasing (mainly from him). Luckily my complete lack of volleyball skills didn’t turn him off. We found out later that our paths had crossed before we had ever met. We went on the same school sponsored trip to a Washington Wizards vs. Philadelphia 76ers game and never even knew we were both on the trip until years after. It was meant to be.
How He Asked
Joey was planning on coming down to Maryland to help move me back into college on that Friday (August 26, 2016) so I had absolutely no idea what was about to transpire. My birthday was a week away so my mom told me that she and my sister were going to take me on a scavenger hunt for my birthday before I left to go back to school. My mom told me to look nice because the last spot on the scavenger hunt was a nice place. So my mom helped me to pick out a dress and I went to get my nails done that afternoon. My mom drove me to my first “clue” and told me to close my eyes at a certain point until she told me to open them. We arrived at the first clue and she had me get out of the car and she guided me to a certain point when she told me open my eyes.
I opened my eyes and Joey was standing on the steps of a little clubhouse. We were at a small beach called Matapeake Beach near my house. I walked towards him still oblivious as to why he was there. I thought he was just a birthday surprise and was there to give me my first clue. He asked me if I wanted to take a little walk and we walked down to a small beach where there were mason jars filled with tiny lights that led to a heart made of the same mason jars. The sun was setting behind the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and it was the perfect backdrop. At this point I kind of had an idea of what was about to happen and I couldn’t hold back the waterworks. He lead me into the little mason jar heart and started the monologue that would end with the best question I’ve ever been asked.
He got down on one knee and asked, “Sweetheart, will you do me the honor of being my wife?” I lost it. I couldn’t believe that this moment was here and all I could do was say, “It’s about dang time”. I couldn’t believe that I had finally found the one who wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. All I could think was that I was the luckiest girl in the world.