Like most people start their "how I fell in love" story, I wasn't really looking for anyone to date. I had a friend that would always have somebody to set me up with. Once, she along with another friend ambushed me with a surprise meeting. I swore I would never forgive the two of them! So when she called me a few days before my birthday in 2009 and said, "There's someone I'd like you to meet", I didn't pay much attention.
She continued and told me that she had met this guy, Baron, once in the lab where her husband worked and then a second time she and her husband all had lunch together. So let me preface by saying that she didn't really know him at all but apparently she thought we were meant to be together. Whatever, right??
I told her that I would think about it, just to stall for a while. I thought it would never happen. Oh, did I mention that he lived an hour and a half away from me? So yeah, I figured I didn't really need to worry much about it because I'd never really have to actually meet him.
Flash forward a few days and I get an e-mail from someone named Baron. Apparently my friend had told him that I wanted him to e-mail me. Haha! His e-mail was nice and unassuming, he wished me a Happy Birthday and basically just said hello. We e-mailed back and forth several times and our e-mails got longer and longer. Finally I had a weekend off and was headed to his town to meet him! I had planned to stay with my friend and her husband after we all went out on a double date together.
We did the awkward introduction, dinner, bowling, and talking. Then when we got back to my friend's house she and her husband just kind of disappeared and left Baron and I in their living room. We sat and talked for a few hours and made plans to see each other the next day and watch a Gator game.
Before we knew it, we had been seeing each other every chance we got. I would drive to Gainesville and then he would drive to Jacksonville the next time. I can't imagine how many miles we put on our cars during the whole time we were dating. We could stay up until 7 am talking and then go to a football game on 3 hours of sleep. Those first few months were crazy. It was exhausting and refreshing all at the same time.
We met on September 11, 2009 and I knew that I loved him and wanted to spend my life with him in the first week of December. I had gone to San Francisco with a friend for a girl's trip, and I realized while I was gone that he was the "one". A little over a year after that trip, Baron asked me to marry him in a little chapel on the water in Gainesville.
Our first picture together :)
On the set of "Extreme Home Makeover"
Chuck Wick's Concert
|July 2010- |
My friend's wedding
On the way to see Tom Petty!
Las Vegas to see Garth Brooks!
The Baughman Center-
where Baron proposed
|I walked through the doors of the church and Baron was|
standing at the altar all dressed up in a suit. Awwww.
|Telling my Mama that I'm getting MARRIED!|
There it is, you're all caught up!! I really can't even remember what happened between getting engaged in January and getting married in May, it's such a blur! I guess we planned a wedding, continued working, Baron finished his PhD, I went to South Carolina twice, Baron got a job, we went to Alabama to find a place to live in the middle of the worst outbreak of tornadoes in years, I had two wonderful bridal showers, I quit my job, I packed and moved all my stuff to Baron's apartment in Gainesville, then we had a wonderful wedding that was more than we could have imagined, went on freaking awesome honeymoon in Alaska, came home packed everything up and moved up to good old Alabama!
Whew, I'm exhausted ;)