Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Story Of Us

Zach and I went to the same high school and even had mutual friends but us knowing who each other were goes further back. Zach's dad was my sister's soccer coach for a couple years and I would see Zach and his brothers at her practices and his mom was my elementary school nurse. But we never spoke to each other until my senior year of high school. My friends and I ended up at In N Out after the Homecoming football game and it just so happened Zach and one of his friends (who I had a huge crush on) were also at In N Out. Surprisingly, Zach and his friend invited us to sit and eat with them. As I was sitting across the table from Zach we spoke for the first time. I couldn't help but think, "I wonder what it's like to be Zach's girlfriend?".  I was surprised again when Zach asked us girls what our plans were for the rest of the night and if he could tag along. I was driving that night so he hopped in my car along with my friends. We just drove around for a little while and then dropped him back off at his car in the In N Out parking lot. The next time I saw Zach was a few months later at a New Years Eve party. When I walked into his friend's house he came up and gave me a hug and asked, "you work at that flower shop, right?".
That night we shared our first kiss.

Fast forward 10 years and here we are just weeks away from getting married!

Sometimes it's hard to believe the road has led us here, together. We both moved away to different colleges, I joined the Peace Corps, and there was a lot of on and off, back and forth that happened between us over the years. But that out of the blue phone call from Zach asking me if I would move to Hawaii with him was the best thing that could have happened for us.

As I look back on our relationship it is also hard to believe how young we were when we first fell in love, both still teenagers with a lot of growing up to do. Now, I see that of course we had to go through hell...we both had to live our lives and experience life, we just never wanted to fully lose each other, which caused a lot of heartache. But to be honest, I wouldn't trade any of it, those hardships only strengthened our relationship. The thing I love most about us being so young when we started dating is that we got to grow together. Yes, we grew individually but we also grew up together and I believe that is why we get along so well and why we have so much fun together.
I love Zach for the boy he was and I love him now for the man he has become.

Zach has been my best friend for years and I can't imagine life without him.
He is the love of my life.
And I am so excited to be his wife.

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