I have the most wonderful news to share with all of you! I'm engaged!!!
I've been really open about every single part of my life here on my blog, so I knew I wanted to jump right on here to share the news! Of course, you all have seen photos and have read posts that have included Luke, but I wanted to share our story now that he will be a permanent fixture on this blog and on social media channels.
I met Luke at the most perfect time, and I don't talk a lot about God on here, but I know that it was God that brought us together. I met Luke on May 23rd, 2015. At that time, we both were going through break-ups and the last thing we were looking for was to meet someone. I also was certainly not interested in dating someone younger because I just assumed we would be looking for different things in life. It's funny how exactly what you're not looking for, turns into everything you've ever dreamed of.
I've always loved love, always. My parents were married after meeting just 10 months earlier. I love the love they have always had; I have always known my parents are so very much in love. I remember friends getting "grossed out" or complaining if their parents kissed, but I always thought it was so cool that my parents were still in love, so many years later. My mom was married at just 18 years old, had her first child at 20 and was done by 25. I loved that my mom was a young mom. She was down for ANYTHING and could always relate to my problems, in the perfectly motherly way. I never considered my mom a friend until my 20s, I always knew she didn't want to be my friend, she wanted to be my mom when I was growing up. But her age and her demeanor made me WANT to tell her things. I have always been the girl to tell my mom everything. We've never kept secrets.
Somehow this story about Luke and I turned into a story about my mom, haha. But it will all come together! My parents love always made me want to get married young. So when I was celebrating my 26th birthday and was going through a break up, meeting someone two years younger than me seemed like a joke. I wanted to get closer to building a life with someone, not just go on dates.
One of my best friend's, Tatyana, invited Luke to my birthday party on May 23rd, 2015. As cheesy as it sounds, the moment I saw him my life changed forever. I was so nervous when we were introduced but we honestly clicked from that very moment. We hung out all night and stayed up until 3 in the morning just talking. He asked if he could kiss me, but I said no. I was nervous it might make him lose interest, but I would later find out that made him respect me more than any girl he'd ever met.
Luke told me that night that the next girl he dated would be the girl he married. I love Luke for a million reasons, but the number one reason is he's never said something and not followed through. I believe every word he says because he stands by his word and has never wavered from that.
I never imagined finding a love that could make me feel so alive. So confident. So beautiful. Falling in love with Luke has been the best journey of my life. Since the day I met him, it's been like living in a fairytale. My wish for you is to feel a love like this, because each of you deserves it!
Thank you to everyone for all of your kind words about our engagement! We are living on cloud 9!
So now the fun begins! Expect lots of wedding posts to be happening here and on my social media accounts while we plan for our wonderful day!
Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone!