Kayla and Jerid
how we met
Jerid and I met in October of 2013 in Illinois through an online dating site. Jerid is from a ranch in Kansas, and I am from small town Illinois. There was an immediate physical attraction. He was the rugged country man type who loved four wheeling and trucks, and I was the easy going type of girl who made friends with anyone, anywhere. We messaged back and forth for a few days, until we decided to meet in person. Jerid picked me up in his big lifted truck and took me to dinner at a nice local steakhouse. We enjoyed a great dinner and an even better conversation! Work got the best of both of us, and we didn’t talk much after our first date. It wasn’t until December of 2013 that our love story truly started! Jerid was flying back to Illinois from Houston where he was taking tests for his current career. I reached out to him to see if he’d like to grab a bite to eat once he got back. At first, he declined due to our schedules not matching. His flight ended up getting delayed so much, that I wouldn’t let him say no! We went to Chili’s and it felt as though we had known each other for years! It was incredible! Form that point on, Jerid and I were inseparable.
Our relationship was definitely a roller coaster of emotions! Everything seemed to hap-pen so fast! We met each others friends and family immediately, and talked about spending the rest of our lives together. After being together for 3 months, we started looking at engagement rings. I knew not to get my hopes up of anything happening too soon, so I just loved him the best way I knew possible and enjoyed all of the memories we were making. In September of 2014, he got a call from a company in Houston that he had been waiting to hear from. He accepted the offer and started October 1st! I took the biggest leap of faith and left my job. Within 2 weeks, we had a U-Haul packed and was en route for Houston, TX!
how he asked
Moving to Houston was a hidden blessing for our relationship. In Illinois, we had over an hour between us, so our move gave us the time to really get to know one another. One thing we enjoy doing together is visiting wineries. We have now done 3 different wine tours in 3 different states; Missouri, Michigan and now Texas. On July 2nd, 2016, we decided to spend our weekend off work together in the gorgeous Texas hill country north of San Antonio. It was our first time and we were so in awe! The scenery is absolutely breath-taking. We stopped at a few different wineries along the way to Fredericks-burg. Woodrose Winery, Four Point Cellars & Rancho Ponte Vineyard to name a few. The weather was perfect, so it made for a really nice and relaxing day! A little secret is that I knew Jerid had recently purchased the ring I fell in love with over 2 years ago. I kept telling him that it would have been the perfect day to propose, but he assured me time and time again that he didn’t bring the ring with him. I took his word for it, only to learn later in the day that he had the ring with him the whole time.
After the wineries, we decided to take a small detour to Luckenbach, TX. If you know old country music, then you have heard of Luckenbach! It used to be a town with a population of only 3 people, but it’s now a music venue. All of the greats have played there, like Merle Haggard, Con-way Twitty and Waylon Jennings, so it was pretty neat to see.
Jerid went to grab a couple beverages while I used the restroom. This was the first time he was alone, so he decided to stop and pull the ring out of his pocket. It was wrapped up in a handkerchief and as he was unfolding it, the ring went tumbling to the ground! Jerid was so scared that something had broke or that I would see so he quickly put the ring back in his pocket. When I came back, we headed across the wooden bridge to check out the countryside. I joked with him yet again that he should have brought the ring, and he played along. I had turned my back for a split second, and at that moment Jerid fished the ring out of his pocket, yet again.
I turned back around to see him holding the most beautiful ring. He said “your weird matches my weird,” dropped to one knee, and asked me to marry him. It was a dream come true and I am far beyond excited to become his wife on May 20, 2017!