HOW WE MET
When we look back at the very beginning of our story together it's hard not to think that one tiny decision could have kept us from each other. In 2011 Andrew was living in his home state of Connecticut ready to take a leap of faith and move to another state to finish out his schooling. Somehow Iowa State University made it on his list and soon later he headed for the hills (or lack thereof). One may ask why an East Coast college guy would move to small town Iowa... I like to believe he thought the girls were prettier here. Little did he know he would meet me a little over seven months later!
I was still finishing out my final semester in high school when my best friend at the time went on a date with this guy named "Andy." Lucky for me they both didn't feel a connection and my friend thought that he was more my type and proceeded to give "Andy" my phone number. I was fresh out of a relationship at the time and I had my mind set on beginning my college career at Iowa State as a single gal. However, "Andy" had other plans. After a month and a half of badgering me to go on a date with him I finally gave in under the agreement that it would be as friends only and that I could call him Andrew. This was just the beginning of Andrew and I's friendship...
We quickly became best friends and texted non-stop. A few weeks later my family and neighbors were celebrating Easter and I felt bad that Andrew had no one to celebrate with since he was from out of state, so I invited him to join in our festivities. It took about thirty seconds for everyone to warm up to him and soon he was just another part of the family. Everyone was teasing us about being more than just friends but I held my ground.
Soon Spring semester was ending and Andrew was headed back to Connecticut. I stopped receiving texts from him and I began to think he finally gave up on trying to date me. It didn't take long for me to miss him and begin to realize maybe my feelings were deeper. Soon after, I received a text from him saying that he was in the hospital and his appendix had burst over two weeks prior, and he was recovering. I’ll be the first one to admit that I felt relieved that I didn’t miss my chance with him!
When he was back in good health and returned to Iowa he made it official and after a whopping six months of "just friends" he asked me to be his girlfriend.
FOUR YEARS LATER
After the most amazing four years with my best friend by my side Andrew planned a date to go to our favorite restaurant for an anniversary dinner. We often go to the same restaurant so this date was nothing out of the ordinary. At the time we were building our first home together just a few miles away so we decided to stop by after dinner to watch the sunset, which was not unusual either. It had rained earlier that day so the "yard" was more like a mud pit. We brought a blanket and a bottle of wine and cozied up on our pile of lumber that was soon to be our back deck. As always we discussed our plans for the house and the memories we hoped to make, and before I knew it Andrew was nervously balancing one knee on my sandal in the mud. Little did I know that would be our first big memory at our new home...
Now we are anxiously awaiting our wedding day to begin our married lives surrounded by friends and family!
FUN FACT: Although we grew up 1,200 miles apart, our moms grew up just down the road from each other.
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