Simone and Paul

How We Met

Paul and I’s story began way before we were even born. The connections that we have discovered along the way are so strange that it is sometimes hard for us to believe. For example, it turns out that Paul’s Grandma was my Mom’s first grade teacher. We didn’t even realize this until years after we started dating, but it makes our story just a little bit sweeter to us.

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I’m getting ahead of myself- Let’s start from the beginning. Paul and I first met in high school. I was a sophomore and Paul was a freshman. Up until the end of my Junior year, Paul was just the kid who drooled on his desk during his naps in study hall. He was that funny kid that everyone liked but never really took very seriously. We talked every now and then, but it was nothing serious. The summer before my senior year and Paul’s junior year, we became best friends. We hung out a few times, but we spent the whole summer texting each other and learning as much as we could about each other. After that summer, I decided that I did not want to talk to Paul anymore. It was my senior year and I didn’t want to get caught up in a relationship. That only lasted about a month. I missed my best friend and I couldn’t handle going on another day without talking to him. We started talking to each other again and everything felt right again. On October 15th, 2012, Paul asked me to be his girlfriend. It was the first “yes” that changed my life forever.

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Now over three years later, we have grown together so much. We have watched each other graduate high school, we went to Senior prom together, we have laughed with each other, cried with each other; We have grown into adults together. We really truly are high school sweethearts.

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We have come so far, and I am so happy with the people we have helped each other become.

How He Asked

Our proposal story begins in Colorado. It was winter break and Paul and I decided to take a short weekend trip to visit Paul’s Uncle Mark and the rest of his family in Colorado. On the second day we were there, Paul, Uncle Mark, and I took their two dogs on a hike. After we were done with our hike, we got to the bottom of the mountain, there was this little tree that someone had decorated to look like a Christmas tree. I thought it was the coolest thing ever, and from that point on I kept telling Paul how much I wanted to go pick out a tree somewhere and decorate it. Later on that day, Paul and I decided to go stop by Pike National Forest to explore. It was lightly snowing and there wasn’t a soul in sight. We got to kind of just take in the forest and all its beauty. From that moment, Pike National Forest kinda stole our hearts.

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Paul said that he wanted to come back early the next morning to explore some more. Of course I agreed. So, the next morning we got up early, ate breakfast and headed over to the forest. We got there and decided we wanted to decorate a tree in the forest like we had decided the day before. So, we went to Walgreens, picked out some ornaments, and headed back to the forest to find our tree. We picked out the perfect tree and decided to decorate it. Anyone who knows me knows that I love photography. I had my GoPro camera set up to record us decorating our tree. I was all excited thinking I would make this cool time-lapse video when we were all done. Little did I know, I was about to be proposed to.

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After we were done, Paul said I should set up my other camera to take a picture on a timer. We took one picture and we like it, but Paul insisted that we take one more picture. This was strange to me because usually I’m the one who wants to take pictures, not him. I agreed anyways and set the timer. I ran over to Paul ready to pose for the picture, and right as I got over to him, he dropped to his knee and asked me to marry him.

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Everything after that is a blur, but thankfully my camera captured that moment. I wasn’t expecting it at all, but I’m so happy that everything turned or the way it did. I am so humbled and blessed with all of the love and support we have received from family and friends so far. So much that we just sat in the car and cried on our way home to Kansas. We are overwhelmed with the love and oh so thankful for it.

On December 21st, 2015, I said the second “YES” that truly made my life complete.

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