Katie and Joseph

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How We Met

Joseph and I have been together for two years. We met the summer of 2014, and immediately knew there was definitely something more to this than friendship. When he met me, I was not at my best. I lost my mom, the most special person I have ever known, to ovarian cancer when I was 17 years old (a senior in high school). The next couple of years were very messy. I was in so much pain and so young. I felt myself slipping into a hole that I never intended to be in.

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I pulled away from my family, and was doing everything not to lose myself completely. That was the most alone I have ever been. Then I met him. Joseph came into my life when I was 19, and for the first time I felt myself healing. He didn’t try to fix me. He didn’t even know he was doing it. But somewhere in-between learning to laugh again and learning to love again, I started to recognize myself. I’m almost 22 now, and so excited to be marrying my best friend and love of my life!

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How He Asked

Joseph and I made plans earlier in the week to go on a date and “dress up” on Friday, so when I got off work I went straight home to start getting ready. He called and told me he had to work late till 6 rather than 5 (which is not uncommon- he dos IT work). Little did I know, he wasn’t working on computers during that time. Instead, he had gone out to the beautiful garden venue that we had previously had photos taken at to hang up lights for our “date”. When he finally arrived at my house to pick me up he looked so handsome. We talked briefly when he came in the door and then he handed me a blindfold and said, “Here, put this on.”

He helped me in his truck and made me promise I couldn’t see. At this point in the night I had no idea where we were going. He wouldn’t answer any of my million questions. We finally stopped and he helped me out. We were walking and I could tell I was on grass, but wasn’t sure of anything else. Then he told me I could take my blindfold off. I looked up to him holding the box and getting on his knee, and right about that time all the tears came.

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The next few seconds were a blur but I remember looking up to my twin brother and several friends coming out of a nearby barn to embrace me. It was a dream come true.

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