Sunday, April 17, 2011

Love Story: part three

As unsure as I was, Caleb's persistence started to soften me. Even though I got butterflies everytime I talked to him he still had a way of putting me at ease.

I started to notice he was the first person my eyes gravitated towards when all our friends got together. I just wanted to find my way next to him. I usually didn't have to work to hard though. He always found me. Caleb wasn't shy in showing me how he felt. We would ride his motorcycle and go grab something to eat together and it was always the best part of my day.

Before I left for Thanksgiving break Caleb and I were talking and he told me how he felt about me and that he'd like to start dating. He asked me to think and pray about it while I was away.

I didn't really need the weekend to think about it. I knew what I'd say, but I took the time to talk to my dad and pastor and pray about it.

With their blessing I came back to Caleb and we started dating. He was different than anyone I had spent time with before. He was driven by his love for the Lord and his desire to serve him. He served me with the same passion. He loved me so well. I loved the way he looked at me when I walked into the room and how he never took his eyes off me. He was protective and always put my needs above his own. We were able to completely be ourselves with each other. 
We dated for six months. I learned that we both wanted to live overseas doing missionary work, we wanted a big family and we loved country music. He made me laugh and became my best friend. We fought, we didn't always understand one another, and had to work through some tough things, but in it all we never didn't want to be together.

That May we were engaged and on to planning a wedding in under three months...

P.S. (for Katy and anyone else that is interested :)

Caleb and I were planning on driving to San Luis for the day to celebrate his birthday and then to Bakersfield for the weekend. I suspected that he might ask me while we were in San Lius. We hadn't ever talked about a ring or planned for a wedding at all, but I knew that he wanted to marry me. 

The plan was for him to pick me up at 6:00 and we'd drive to SLO. He had some places he wanted to show me and a hike we were going on. Well, 6:00 came earlier than I planned and before I knew it I was running late. I called Caleb and told him I was going to need a little more time. I was so worried he was mad at me. I knew he wanted to get up there early and I had tried so hard to be on time. I was running around like a crazy person threw, my stuff in my bag and ran out the door.

 When I opened the door I was greeted by four tall vases of flowers with a trail of rose petals leading around the side of the house. On each vase hung part of a poem he had writen me. It was beautiful, but I knew what was waiting around the side of the house for me so instead of reading it right then I just ran around to meet Caleb. He was standing there with roses everywhere. I just looked at him and said, "what are you doing?" Romantic, huh? I was so nervous I couldn't think straight. My stomach was in knots and I thought I might throw up...a very regular occurance for me when I get nervous. He just wrapped his arms around me and I started to calm down. Then he bent down and said a bunch of sweet things I'm sure, but was so nervous I don't remember any of them until he said, "I love you, will you marry me?" He says I said yes, but again I don't remember. 

Then he place this on my finger.

We had the best day and I don't think I ever stopped smiling. Then on our way to Bakersfield he told me that he had planned a surprise engagement party for us. Our families and friends were there and we had a blast. (sorry, I lost all our picturs so I don't have any to share.) now on to the wedding...


katygirl said...

i need more details. like HOW did you get engaged. please, thanks. you are beautiful in all your pics.

arielle @ a beautiful journey. said...

what an awesome story! always so encouraging to read others' love stories. my husband and i only dated for six months as well ;) and i love your ring...beautiful!

bandofbrothers said...

LOL katy, i would have written the same thing!

and ditto, you look beautiful.

and you guys are HOT together, goodness-me-oh-my.

Marli and Memory said...

I was wanting to hear the story too! ;) Thanks for sharing! That is so sweet!


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