Let me introduce my favorite person to you. His name is Jonathan.
Now I suppose I should answer all the common questions.
How did you meet?
You might be surprised to learn that Jonathan and I actually met online on a dating website, ldsplanet. I used to feel embarrassed to admit that fact, probably because of the reaction some people give. But when you work 40+ hours every week as a teacher, your options of who you interact with and are actually allowed to date is pretty limited. I know that relatively speaking I was pretty young to join a dating website, but I felt prompted that it was something I should do. I judged myself as I created the account, but after being on for only a week, mine and Jonathan's paths crossed and the rest is history.
How long have you been dating?
I'm never quite sure how to answer this question. We started talking the beginning of January, and I was starting to majorly crush on him by the end of that month. By Valentines Day I knew I wanted to commit to only him, and by the beginning of March we were both talking about marriage seriously.
Does it scare you that things are moving so fast?
Honestly, no. I have dated quite a bit. It had gotten to that point where I knew exactly what I was looking for in someone. It wasn't just a matter of what I wanted in someone, but it developed into discovering what I needed in someone too. The more I got to know Jonathan, the more I realized he is everything I want and need. I hated when I was single people always telling me "When you know, you'll know," because I didn't understand what they meant by that. Now I'm on the other side of things, and I know exactly what they meant because I've experienced it.
When is the big day?
June 27th. I am beyond excited. A little under 6 weeks, my friends!
So where does he live?
Guys. He lives way the heck in middle of nowhere Missouri! That means I will be living in middle of nowhere Missouri. If I'm honest with you though, the only thing I'm worried about is tornadoes. Other than that, I'm kind of excited for the adventure of living somewhere new. Plus, it is only for a year (he is doing med school and after next year he'll be doing his clinical rotations - we're hoping out west somewhere for that).
Where is he from originally?
He is from Southern Utah. I visited in March for the first time and met his family there and Southern Utah is beautiful. We went hiking in Zion and I absolutely loved it. I know I have this mild hatred for the state of Utah, but after visiting Southern Utah I realized it is a mild hatred for Utah county. Not the state of Utah itself.
How big is his family?
He has one brother and one sister - just like me! He is the middle child though and both of his siblings are married. He also has two nephews and one niece and they're all adorable. I met them back in March because they live all live in Southern Utah. He has a good family. I like them a lot. (And no, I'm not just saying that.haha)
When was your first kiss?
Haha. Okay, so our first kiss was in the middle of March on a Wednesday just two days before we told his parents we were planning on getting married this summer. Crazy, right? We were already planning on getting married before we'd even kissed. We drove up Hurricane Mesa and he gave me a love letter and a beautiful necklace that I wear almost every day. It was insanely cold and windy, but still a precious moment.
When did you first tell him you love him?
BEFORE our first kiss actually! I told him I loved him on a Sunday, which happened to be our second day being together in person. We had been talking, texting, and facetiming every day for two months by that point though. We had no other option but to talk and get to know each other. Being together in person confirmed how strong my feelings were for him and telling him I loved him came so easy and naturally. He said it back and then we both bawled like babies because we were so happy to have found each other.
How did he propose to you?
I went out to Missouri the beginning of April. I stayed in the house of a family in his ward and so he'd been by beforehand to see where I'd be at. He was very sweet, and thoughtful, and fun and wrote a bunch of cute little love notes and hid them in plastic easter eggs around the room I was staying in. A couple days later we made a trip to Nauvoo to see some church history sites. While in Nauvoo we walked around the temple grounds and stopped at a tree that was just starting to blossom. He told me some sweet, loving things, and then had the ring in another easter egg. He asked me if I'd marry him, and I said, "Of course I will!"
How many days have you actually been together in person?
Hmm... good question. We were together for 9 days in March, 10 days in April, and we've been together 4 days in May. That is a grand total of.... 23.
How many days will you have been together in person before you get married?
We will probably have 13 days or so together in June. He's going to come the beginning of the month for a week, and then he'll come several days before our wedding at the end of the month. So...35 or so days total of being together before becoming husband and wife. Long distance is TOUGH, let me tell you! But I guess it keeps us safe, so that's a plus. And we have plenty of time to talk and really learn about each other.
What is it about him that you like?
I adore Jonathan. My list of reasons why I love him could go on and on. But I will refrain from getting too sappy and just tell you some of the main reasons why I know he is perfect for me. He is caring. He is thoughtful. He is considerate. He is loving. He puts me on a pedestal. He makes me feel wanted. He treats me like a princess. He is chivalrous. He has a strong testimony. He is a hard worker. He is intelligent. He strives to be his best. He makes me want to be a better person. He understands me. He is easy to talk to. He makes me laugh. He is kind to others. He is humble. He is selfless. He is giving. He is musical. He likes the outdoors. We share common interests, We have similar ways of thinking. He loves his family. He makes me a priority. Like I said, I could go on and on. But I know 100% that he is right for me and I am thankful every day for him.
We took our engagement pictures last weekend and it was a lot of fun! We had an awesome photographer that didn't even charge us (because the photographer was my dad...haha)! At first we were kind of awkward, but I think we ended up with some pretty good pictures that captured our feelings for each other. Because you made it this far into the post, I'll let you see some of my favorites. I'm seriously so in love, I can't handle it.