Kristen and Hunter

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How We Met

Hunter and I first met as freshmen in High school. I actually couldn’t stand him. I thought he  was arrogant. He tried every pick-up line in the book, but I just wasn’t having it. Well skip on to senior year and we  ended up having English class together. He tripped me leaving class and followed me to my locker and that’s where it all began. He asked me to be his girlfriend on 12/12/10. We have been together for 5 years now.

How He Asked

It was a Saturday morning, he had planned a huge surprise for me. I had absolutely no idea what we were going to do. However, I did have an idea he was going to propose since we went looked at rings a couple months before. So I made sure I was dressed nice. We drove all the way to Katy, Texas which is about three hours from DeRidder Louisiana. When we arrived to our destination, which was an H.E.B, so I was completely lost and confused. He tells me we are meeting some people here and they will take us to where we will be going. So, we meet the people in H.E.B parking lot and this man has this blanket with hot air balloons on it laid out over the hood of his truck with contracts on it. Hunter ask me if I had an idea what was going on? Still, I had no idea what we were doing, and I  just thought this was all really strange. Well finally I noticed the hot air balloons on the blanket. So I tell him, I think I know what’s going on and about that time this sweet old lady asks is this the balloon ride? Hunter was so disappointed because that was the big surprise and that confirmed for me what we were doing. I was completely over dressed by the way, because I had no idea prior to what sort of activities we would be doing. So, everybody loads up in the van and we take off to the median right across the street from Katy Mills mall. They test out a small balloon to see how fast the wind carries the balloon because that’s how fast our balloon will go. Most of the passengers had tried to go several times but wasn’t able to because the wind was so strong. This was the 10th try for one lady, so I was getting discouraged and thought well we probably won’t be able to go on our first try. Well everything worked out perfectly and we were able to go on our very first attempt (which was a very good sign). It was so cool to see the world from a whole new perspective and it was so peaceful. We had been flying maybe 20 minutes, when Hunter said “hey everybody I have an announcement to make.” my heart started pounding and I was so nervous. I turned around to look at him. He continues to talk, he says ” this is my girlfriend Kristen, I know I want to be with her the rest of my life, and I love her to death. So I just have one question for you.” he gets down on one knee and says ” Will you marry me”? I had huge tears in my eyes and I was trying not to get completely bawl. I barely whimpered out “yes” to my sweet handsome best friend, the man I have grown to love, and the person who keeps me laughing constantly. I was so excited that I took the ring out of the case and was pulling him to hug me because it was such a tight squeeze in the hot air balloon I couldn’t really bend down to hug him. It was literally the happiest day of my life.

I got engaged to the man who was created for me. I also got to ride in a hot air balloon which is something I have always wanted to do. It was a one and a lifetime experience.

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