How We Met
We met through our college church, Gator Christian Life. We had known each other from afar long before we were interested in each other. It wasn't until a beach retreat sunrise in 2001 that we realized there was mutual interest. We were both unprepared for relationships and so decided to wait. On August 23, 2002 we officially began courting. It was very romantic, he took me to see the sunrise and asked me to be his girlfriend!
Our Engagement Story
When I got home I noticed a large red poster on my garage door. I pulled into the driveway and got out to read it. The poster read "This is our adventure." There was red ribbon on the garage to make it look like a present. Attached to the manual lift handle was a single red rose and a card. The front of the card had the first part of the bible verse about love in 1 Corinthians 13, the back said "I." Inside was a description of an adventure on which I was about to embark down the memory lane of our relationship in Gainesville. Over the course of the next hour and a half, I was led by clues to TCBY, to the top of the Swamp football stadium, to the GCL House, to 928 (Justin's House), and to Paynes Prarie. At each stop there was another single red rose and a card with part of the 1Corinthians verse, the subsequent letter in "I LOVE U" and the directions to my next stop. It was at Paynes Prarie that I finally saw Justin. The card I had found there led me to believe there were more places on the hunt. As I was heading to my car to book it to Butler Plaza, he appeared - seemingly out of nowhere. It turns out some friends of ours had dropped him off. He came toward me with the other half of the dozen roses and a little box. He immediately dropped to one knee and said some beautiful things about our adventure together...some other stuff that was nice (I don't remember) and then asked if I would marry him. Through my tears I said yes. We hugged and cried and for the first time told each other "I love you." After a few moments, he said, "Don't you want to see the ring?" So naturally I said yes and he put it on my finger. Then our friends (Bethany and Mike who had dropped him off) came back and took a whole disposable camera's worth of pictures of us there. And the rest, so they say, is history!