I don't know how to start this thing... it feels kinda awkward. I guess I should start from the beginning and tell you how we met and became a couple. Here goes nothing... I saw Joe for the first time in 1999. We were in 5th grade! We had an awesome teacher! That's not important, but she really was awesome. Joe was new to the area. I thought he was cute. He was one of my very first crushes. But he rarely spoke! I later learned that he was upset that he had to move and go to a new school, so his way of rebelling was to not make friends. Poor kid. By the end of the school year, he had finally opened up and starting talking more. He was so funny!! We spoke occasionally throughout the year, though I wouldn't have considered us "friends". The next year we moved on to middle school. We didn't see each other much throughout those three years, but if we did, I always said "hi"! And I still thought he was cute. Then came high school! Yes, I still had a crush on Joe. But, I didn't think I had a chance with him. We were so completely different. He was the bad boy. I was the honor student. Still, if I passed him the hallway, I made sure to say "hey" and get a hug!! Eventually I started going out of my way to see him. He says I stalked him. I say I took the scenic route. Our senior year (2007) finally came around. We had phys ed together. It was our last class of the day. Afterwards, I'd quickly get dressed so we could walk out to the buses together. More hugs! After some time of this, we eventually exchanged number, which led to texting and late night chatting. I'll never forget how we would text each other late into the night. Falling asleep mid conversation. Then pick it back up first thing in the morning. Our first date soon followed. It was early spring. We saw a movie. I wish I remembered which one. I do remember two things about that night though.... he didn't buy my ticket! And our first kiss. The movie, whatever it was, had just started. He made little kissy noises. I felt my cheeks get hot. I just looked at the movie screen and smiled. Another kissy noise. I giggled. Then a louder kissy noise. I looked at him. He grabbed my face and kissed me. Our senior prom was later that spring. We both hated it and had a horrible time. Which is funny because our prom is famous! He went with his ex-girlfriend since they already planned on going together before they broke up. I went with some random guy who worked at the gym I attended. At one point, we ended up near each other. He looked annoyed. I gave him a "is this over yet?" look. We graduated a month later! Woo hoo!!! For the next two years, we continued to casually date. I wanted so badly for him to be my boyfriend. But he wasn't ready to make the commitment yet. Whatever!!! If he wasn't going to be committed and exclusive then neither was I! I hung out with some other guys too. I really wish I hadn't and saved myself the heartache. Some of them were terrible! After one particularly bad date, I called Joe and I was quite upset. He stayed the night with me and made everything better. It was very soon after that, that he was ready for us to be exclusive! From that point on, we were inseparable. I'm not going to say that everything has been perfect. There were times I thought we were done. But when you know in your heart that its right and meant to be, you FIGHT for it! You do NOT give up! And through each struggle we have been through, we always come out stronger! And that's how I know we are going to be okay. Joe works so hard to make my every wish become reality. He has shown me that dreams really CAN come true! I appreciate him so very much! I just didn't know it was possible to love someone this much! So.... that's us! Hope you'll come along on this journey with us. We are planning an escape wedding at sea breeze point on December 8, 2014. With an illuminations dessert party to follow. I also plan to use this to track my weight loss. I've struggled with my weight my entire life. My highest weight was a real all time low in my life. Especially when Joe struggles to gain weight. I hate him. But since this past April, I have lost 30 pounds!! I would still like to lose another 60. If I can lose 5 pounds a month up until the wedding, that will be perfect!!! My next post will probably be about his proposal. Looking forward to chatting with you guys!