Julie and Joe

How We Met

Joe and I have known each other for as long as I can remember. We were neighbors growing up and although we went to different schools, we shared mutual friends. When I went to my town’s high school, we eventually became closer. One day it just seemed to all happen. He became my best friend. We were with each other constantly, every single day. Everyone thought we needed to be together but we were happy being best friends and we did not want that to change. I knew Joe liked me but I was afraid for more. Then one day it just happened, I let go of my fears and we started dating. December 12, 2010 was the day that changed my entire world. Life was already great with him as my best friend but it just seemed to get better. We were literally attached at the hip and it helped that we were neighbors so we could see each other whenever we wanted. I am 9 months older than Joe so we had started dating after I had graduated high school earlier in the year and he was going to be a senior. Luckily, I had decided to go to the local University so we never really were far apart. Life became something like a dream. To this day I still can’t believe how lucky I am.

Throughout our relationship we have been able to experience many things together and have had amazing opportunities. My favorite memories that we share are from the vacations we are able to go on every year and the weekend getaways we take to just spend time together away from everyday life. Joe works full time and travels frequently for work and I also work full time and go to school full time. For us, these times away especially are perfect for us to escape our busy lives and spend time together. We really put a lot of time and focus into our relationship and make it a point to do many things together to create a lifetime full of memories. These past five years have been the most memorable and special years of my life. As people say, it’s not always rainbows and butterflies, that is very true. I know everyone has highs and lows and our lows came in the form of my health. These health problems were taking a toll on my life and sadly our relationship. With immense help from Joe, I recovered from an eating disorder that was taking over my life. Without Joe I don’t know where I would be today. I often times tell him that he’s not real, that he’s a dream because I don’t know many people who would stand by someone side through everything that has happened. I know a lot of people would see it as a challenge and something that they wouldn’t be able to handle but Joe has been my biggest supporter and my rock through hard times. He basically saved me from myself and I am forever grateful for him and for his love for me. Joe is the most caring, loving, selfless, beautiful and smart man that I have ever met in my life. From the time we started dating until now I always knew that it was him and that we were meant to be together. We knew we were soulmates from the beginning.

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How He Asked

Joe and I decided a very long time ago that we would be together forever and that when the time came we would start our life together and get married. More recently, within the last year, we have discussed getting engaged and starting a new chapter in our lives. With our 5 year anniversary coming up this year I felt it was going to happen soon. I just knew something inside felt different, like change was coming. As a girl, I have always dreamed of that day and sometimes I would truly believe it would happen on certain occasions. However, Joe loves surprises so he would never do it when I expected it and instead, when I least expected it. I on the other hand hate surprises so I just wanted him to come out and tell me! Joe and I are both pretty private and I am especially shy so in my head I knew I wanted it to be just me and him. Joe knows me very well and knew it would mean that much more to me. Weeks before he asked me to marry him, he had asked for my dad’s permission. My dad is not one to keep quiet so I was shocked to find out he had kept this secret. Christmas day was like any other Christmas. We woke up, opened gifts with our families and I went on a run because it was beautiful. When I came home and got ready for the day to visit our families we decided to open our gifts to each other. When we were finished I was talking to him about a gift I had gotten him and turned around to grab it as I was talking about the boots. Out of nowhere he changed the subject. He started talking about us, about our future. I was so taken aback because I was deep in conversation about boots! As I turned around I looked at him and said “Wait, what?” To my surprise he was getting on one knee. With the most incredible words, giant smile and welled up eyes, the love of my life asked me to marry him. I was in such shock I started to cry hysterically and laugh. I was filled with so much emotion I didn’t know what to do. I just started to cry and hugged him so hard because I felt my legs would give out. He slipped the ring on my finger and I lost it again. It was the most beautiful ring I have ever seemed. A ring I never would have dreamed of. It was really a dream come true to have the love of my life as my fiancé and a beautiful ring that was so special because he took the time to design it and make it everything I ever imagined and more.

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