It is amazing what you will do for love. Since I have started dating Brad I have driven up to Logan, Utah and back for one evening, gotten a cell phone, and started a blog. I have been given the "dubious honor" (as Brad puts it) for updating and taking care of our newly started Blog.
I taking this on as a way to keep long distance friends and family updated about our upcoming wedding. I was starting to get carpal tunnel syndrome from writing so many emails answering all the same questions. So to simplify things I will just give people a link to our blog. Isn't it nice how technology can make things simpler.
I realize for a while this blog will be sparse as I try to corral pictures and information, but I figured the best place to start would be with the basics.
Brad and I met on May 29, 2007 via www.ldsmingle.com. He sent me a smile at 11:45pm and I responded because even though his profile didn't have a picture I figured any guy whose sister would vouch for him at least deserved a chance. We chatted on line for about 2 weeks at which point his computer decided to give up the ghost so we were forced to move our conversations to the phone. Since that seemed to be going well we set up a day when I would be up in Utah, our original plan was that I would go up to Logan for the day, but then all sorts of family decided to show up for the family reunion and I realized that I couldn't give up an entire day. So, literally, the evening before I called him up and asked him if he would mind meeting me in Salt Lake for the afternoon. He was so nice about the change of plans and understanding about the fact that I wanted to spend time with my sister that I don't get to see very often. This won him big points both with me and with my mom.
So I met him in Salt Lake we went to lunch, wandered around crossroads mall, and went to the Joseph Smith movie, it was great he was nice and funny, but really really shy. During the movie he put his arm along the back of my chair but that was as far as it went. After that day we have spoken on the phone everday since then. We have become best friends and I can't imagine not ending my day without talking to him. I went up to Logan in August for a police department party, after which we held hands. Then he came to Grand Junction the end of September for a weekend, which is when we kissed for the first time. I went to Orem for Conference weekend and then again for my birthday in October, and he came down and stayed at my brothers house. I spent Thanksgiving in Logan with him and his family, and it was on Sunday afternoon that he proposed.
Such a romantic story. We were cleaning out my car after church so I could get packed up to go home, and we walked around the side of the house to through stuff in the garbage can. Brad was crying saying how much he missed me when I was gone and couldn't wait for the day that he didn't have to say goodbye anymore. He stopped, gave me a big hug, looked me in the eye and said, "Elizabeth, will you marry me". I replied, "Yes, I will". He apologized for not having a ring, but he had been planning on waiting until Christmas but he just couldn't wait anymore. I told him I didn't need a ring I just needed him. So we laughed and giggled and talked about how happy we were to be getting married. Then we went inside to tell his family, and call my family. It took me 3 hours to track down my mom, I didn't realize their church was in the afternoon and then she was over at my nieces house for dinner. So I had to call my niece Heidi's cell phone and ask for Grandma. When they figured out what I was telling her there was much cheering. I guess about 3 minutes before they were asking mom if she thought Brad would propose over Thanksgiving and she said probably not because if he had I would have called. And then guess what I called.
So far the plan is to be married in the Logan Temple on May 29, 2008. We haven't figured out completely what I am going to do about school etc. I will post information as I get it, flowers photographers, dress, etc it will all be here, including gift registries (hint, hint).