Well let me give you a quick timeline about this cute girl I now get to call my fiancée.
Oct 2013 - I followed Hannah and her friends on twitter before really knowing who they were. Twitter suggests people you knew, so I went for it.
Nov 20th, 2013 – met in person at my BYUI Senior Showcase.
Dec 2013 – Hung out a few times, saw each other at parties, I visited her and her friends. They seemed pretty fun.
January- April 2014 – Hannah was at home off track, I was recently graduated just working. Pretty boring winter, we talked a couple of times.
Mid April to beginning of May – I had known over winter that I wanted to take her out, but now she was back in Rexburg and it was really nerve racking. Her friends were way close, so it was like one for all, all for one, and that is scary to try to interact with. I would drive through her apartment complex on my scooter after work and planned on stopping to say hi, but would wuss out and keep driving home. Haha. I finally went over there, we hung out a few times in casual settings. I finally got the courage to ask her on a scooter ride. It was awesome. We talked a little bit but not a lot.
May 13th- She came to my surprise bday party.
May 14th- I asked her out on my bday
May 17th- Our first date to the drive-ins to see Godzilla and Spiderman. I knew I was crushing so I wanted to hold her hand but was SO scared. Her sister and Tanner were there too, so we went to walk over and say hi. As we walked up they kissed and Hannah FREAKED out. Like she didn’t see her sister kiss, so here I am in my head thinking “hmmm, is this girl think boys have cooties or something??” so that made the idea of holding her hand that much harder for me. Anyway, I had already seen spider man, so we were just going to stay for the first movie, Godzilla. Well I was so scared to hold her hand that I never did during the first movie, so I decided we had to stay for the other one. I am glad we did because we held hands. I finally got the courage needed. And it was so great. After that date, we saw each other every day.
May 22nd- We had hung out every day and I knew I liked her and I’m pretty sure she liked me, so I decided to take her out again. We hadn’t kissed yet, but I sure wanted to kiss her, so I decided I would go for it tonight, if I didn’t pansy out like usual. I took her to dinner and then we drove out to R Mtn and parked on top, hit golf balls off the top, talked and watched the sunset. I had come up with all these questions I wanted to ask her. She probably thought I was a creep but oh well. The end of the night was coming, so it was time to go for it or be forever mad at myself for not doing it. After going in for the kiss and in a flirty way, pulling away, I just did it. And it was AWESOME! So we kissed, and after we kissed, the first thing she said, which she doesn’t claim she did, but she did, was “Great, now I have to buy my roommates ice cream.” I guess they do that stuff, so anyway it was funny and cute. I told her it would be funny if she just showed up at home with 6 ice cream cones because they usually go out and get ice cream but if she just showed up with them it would be funny. I wasn’t there, but I am sure it was a big hit. Ok I need to speed this up.
June 7th – We became official. Best day ever.
July 9th – We told each other we loved each other by the scooters in my apartment complex. New best day ever. I had known how I felt for a couple weeks but wanted to make sure it was the right time.
July 21st – Hannah left for 7 week break and I cried my eyes out. Seriously the worst day ever. I didn’t not realize how much it would affect me. She is seriously so amazing.
All break long we talked every day as much as we could. It was a rough break but over the break we starting talking about marriage. It was going in that direction and we both knew it. It was nice to know she felt the same way as me. We finally were reunited in LA for a fun weekend with friends.
Then we headed back up to Rexburg for work and her fall semester.
October 25th – I asked her dad for permission in Utah. We all had a chance to go down and spend time with her whole family and it was so much fun! Her parents are amazing. I was not too nervous thinking about talking to her dad, but then right when it happened I got pretty nervous, but it went great and he gave me his blessing. I was stoked!!
(I’m literally smiling from joy right now typing this, hahaha)
Before talking to her dad and meeting her family I had already starting thinking about how I would propose but it was a lot of ideas and finally one stuck right after our trip down to Utah. Hannah had kept talking about trying to find a Christmas Tree Farm to go take pictures at but we couldn’t find any. One day I was driving home from a meeting in a neighboring town and saw this property with a bunch of Christmas trees on it. I went later and found the owner and talked with them. Got permission to use it to get engaged. Now how would I get there without giving it away?
I was just waiting on the ring but I was also just trying to figure out how I would do it. In the mean time I would plan as I waited. I got a bunch of the letters H and C from a craft store and painted them yellow, gold and white. I also printed a bunch of pictures of us and got Christmas lights. My plan was to string lights across a few tree tops and decorate a few trees with the letters and pictures. So I had all of that ready and it sucked so back not being able to tell Hannah. In fact, I think I did a good job of not giving any of it away. I kept talking about getting engaged over thanksgiving in Colorado, about how I still needed to order the ring, and I would give her flowers or a picture book I made the week before and trick her into thinking I was doing it then. So I think I did well, who knows, she could just be nice and acting like she didn’t know. Either way, on to the best part.
November 10th- The ring is finished, I can’t wait much longer. I talked with Channy and Tanner and planned a double date for us to go on to this burger place that is on way from Rexburg and the tree property. So we planned on a double date for Wednesday. I wasn’t too nervous the days before, just tried to stay busy.
November 12th - GAME DAY! I went out to the tree property at 3ish with Sammie, Tyson, Audrey, Chandler and Ashley. We set up the lights, letters and pictures and talked about the plan. I still wasn’t super nervous yet. The plan was I would pick up Hannah and Chandler at 4:50, go get Tanner from work at 5pm. Then head straight out to dinner, we needed daylight to do it, but we told Hannah we were bringing a camera because there was an elk farm out by the restaurant, which is true, but it was to not make her curious. The plan was that they would take pictures of us as we walked to the trees. I also had my friends and her friends there to celebrate after I proposed. They hid in the trees. Sammie was there to take pictures and Tyson helped flip the lights on.
So we grab tanner and we start heading the restaurant. Now I was getting nervous. We were holding hands in the car and Hannah asked why my hands were sweaty, I made up some excuse, but I was so FREAKING NERVOUS! Anyway we make the left towards the trees and the restaurant. As we drive by the trees, everyone in the car see’s it and says we should stop to take pictures. Hannah was stoked because she wanted to do this all semester. So I acted like I didn’t know where to park, acted casual and we walked into the trees. As we walked down a row of trees she finally realized the decorations. Right as we walked up to the trees, Tyson flipped the lights on. She was confused, we talked for a little bit, I told her how in love with her I am, and then got down on one knee, pulled out the ring and did it! Tanner and Sammie got pictures, all the friends cheered and it was great. Man I was nervous. But I was so stoked too! I am marrying the most amazing girl in the world. She is perfect for me. I am so blessed and lucky.
The proposal went as planned. I was very happy, she was very happy and she got some sweet new hardware. Haha.
I want you all to know how amazing Hannah is. I have never met a girl like her. She is smart, brave, honest, attractive, gospel oriented, and she wants to do the right thing. I am so thankful for the family that raised her. She is amazing. She attends the temple regularly. She takes school seriously. She cares about being organized and clean. She respects herself and has morals and standards. She makes me want to be a better person. She literally makes my life better. I have more purpose, I have more hope and I have found love when I was starting to think I wouldn’t. Dating at college was easy, but I didn’t take it seriously enough. I know I met Hannah at the right time, I know it’s all happening in the right time and I am so thankful that I get to let my life be blessed by hers forever. I hope you all get a chance to meet this amazing woman and I hope you know that my weaknesses are made up by her strengths. I’m blessed and so happy. I love you Hannah. Thanks for being you and for loving me.