how we met

Spencer and I first met the summer between 8th and 9th grade. My Mom had worked at Spring High School since I was 8, and I had become close to a lot of the teachers and coaches. The basketball coach, Chris Bales, was hosting a boys summer basketball camp a few weeks before school. He saw me in my Mom’s office and asked me to come join them and teach them a thing or two ;). I beat the boys in a ball handling drill, but if you ask Spencer he’ll tell you he must have not been participating because there’s no way I beat him, haha. He was definitely very shy back then and I was pretty quiet myself, so throughout high school we didn’t have a whole lot of communication other than saying hello passing in the hallways. We both went our separate ways after graduating, and after a few years living in Denton I moved back home. A little before my niece was turning two, Spencer and I reconnected and went on a few dates, playing pool (you can guess again who won ;)), going out to dinner, and going to see a movie at the drive-in. Although to be honest, I have no idea what movie we went to see, because we spent the entire time talking in his car. We again went our separate ways for a few years, but in the fall of 2015 he started sending me messages asking to hang out sometime. We agreed on Top Golf for New Years Eve. Throughout the first half of 2016 we played a bit of cat and mouse, with him doing the chasing and me trying to keep him at a distance. I wasn’t used to someone treating me with such respect and kindness, and it took me a while to really trust that it was sincere. Once I finally let my guard down with him, it has been nothing but laughter, joy, happiness, and love. It was the best decision I have ever made.

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how he asked

On my birthday this year, July 8, I woke up to flowers on my kitchen counter, and a note instructing me to get ready for my first stop of the day. My mom and her best friend, Faith, drove me to the nail salon for pedicures. When my Mom told the nail technician that there would be four of us, I quickly corrected her that she had counted wrong! But to my surprise, my best friend who lives an hour away walked through the front door. She had told me earlier that week that they wouldn’t be back from vacation until the day after my birthday, I forgave her for lying haha. After getting our nails done, they told me we had to be somewhere by 2 but we had a little time, so we went shopping. I questioned all three of them all day where we were going, and not a single one of them would give up anything! The next surprise Spencer had set up for me was a painting class and lunch with my closest friends and family. Owls are my favorite, so he had set up for us to paint a colorful owl (is he not the sweetest?!). After two hours of laughing and making jokes, Mom and Faith drove me back to my parents house to rest a bit before dinner. I knew we were all going to have dinner together to celebrate my birthday, but I did not know that he was having us picked up in a limo! I of course was in the dark again, about where the limo was taking us.

As much as I questioned them, no one would give me even a hint. We pulled up to Liberty Square in Tomball, and as I got out of the limo I saw all of our family and friends lining the sidewalk. At this point I had an idea of what was happening. Spencer was standing under the gazebo waiting for me.

I can’t tell you everything he said when I got to him, because I was so in shock of everyone he had come to celebrate the moment with us. He had even put a table behind him with pictures of my cousin, Kyle, and childhood best friend, Melissa, that passed away so they were with us also. I couldn’t have asked for a better day, and an even better ending. I get to spend the rest of my life with my best friend.