Grant and I have one of those stories that few can share: we are high school sweethearts. We both went to a very small school in Greenview, Illinois. We started kindergarten and graduated from high school together. I strongly believe I fell in love with him on the first day of kindergarten. My parents have a video of me turning around and smiling at him for the first 15 minutes of kindergarten orientation, for me it was love at first sight. Over the years it was a constant battle to make this boy fall in love with me. Once we got into high school he finally started to notice and pursue me and we started dating officially on 9-6-2002.

For 8 very long and unpatient years I have waited to hear those 4 magical words. I didn’t need a large extravagant proposal all I wanted was for it to be special and it was every bit of that and more, it was perfect.
On Christmas Eve 2010 I was getting ready for Christmas with Grant’s family and I was in his room with the door shut I was putting on mascara (if I had only known)! I had no idea he was planning on asking me to marry him, I was completely caught off guard.

Grant opened the door and came walking towards me holding our dog Jerzie. She was dressed in a white wedding dress and a veil (they found it at Build a Bear workshop and she hated it) He had the most beautiful diamon ring in his free hand. He stood in front of me looked me straight in the eyes and asked me to marry him.

This is where it gets a bit embarrassing for me! I actually turned around, ran from him into his closet, tried to hide from him, and told him to quit talking. I’m still not sure to this day why I reacted in this way! I had waited so many years to hear these words! So then I began crying and that didnt stop for about an hour. I was finally going to marry the love of my life!

Next, we went up and made the announcement to his family. They were upstairs with the TV turned down still waiting to hear my scream of delight (which is actually way more like me than running away from him)! After about 20 min or so Grant said, “Ya know you never said yes?”  So then I made him get down on one knee and ask me again and then I said “yes. “

I know the proposal story will be told over and over as our family continues to grow and that is okay with me. I guess you never react exactly like you think you will!

We will be married in Hawaii on April 5, 2012.

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Last updated February 5, 2017