Something magical happened when TJ and I found each other. I started to live in the present. Being with him has brought me so much peace and joy I can’t even fully explain it. It just feels different. We knew pretty early in our relationship that we were going to be together forever.
This past November we were in Vietnam for a week long holiday. After exploring Ho Chi Minh City, TJ took me to a small beach town where we had simple, honest moments. Riding bikes to the fisherman’s town, splashing in the rain, eating at the same two restaurants every day, and talking about where we wanted to be in ten years. Then early one morning, as I was getting ready for breakfast, he asked me to come sit next to him. He had his guitar out and said, “I want you to hear something new. Can you tell me what you think?” The song was about us. “I feel at home when…” After the song he made this cute speech and told me to reach into his shirt pocket. And there it was…my ring with an engraving that read ” lemonade.” We had joked that when we get old we’ll sit on the porch together drinking homemade strawberry lemonade. Really. I can’t imagine a more perfect person to grow old with. I said, “YES!” [my favorite word in the English language]. So now we’re engaged. It has been two months and I love him more everyday. I can’t wait for the wedding, but most importantly I can’t wait to be married. I can’t wait to say, “My husband…”