I want to let you know how amazing these past few weeks have been, despite the normal stresses of being a full time college student. I'll tell you why. I have been going out with an incredible girl named Kiley Kartchner, and we have grown really close over the past few months. We literally haven't spent more than a couple days apart! Of course, I have been praying over our relationship for some time, and I have felt that Kiley is the girl that I want to take to the temple. However, I didn't know the timing or the Lord's will, so I decided to wait and see how everything played out.
Kiley and I started talking about marriage last month, and I could tell that Kiley had also received the same witness that I did about our relationship, so I decided to start doing some ring shopping! Here's the ring that I found:
After the many inexpensive cooking dates that Kiley and I had over winter break, I decided to make a collection of the recipes we had made. I arranged them all into a cute little cookbook, filled with pictures of us cooking together and the meals that we had made. However, towards the end, the cookbook had a "Memories" section where I wrote a few entries that I had written in my journal while we were dating, along with some pictures of the two of us together on different dates.
The final page was as follows:
So, the Friday before Valentine's Day, Kiley was over at my house doing homework with me. I got a message that the ring had arrived, and I already had the finished version of our cookbook in hand. I told Kiley that I had to run an errand, so I headed out for the ring shop. I hurried as much as possible to get home with the ring in hand! A few might ask why I didn't just wait until Valentine's Day itself. Well, I believe that it would have been way too cliché. Okay, and maybe I just couldn't wait. But that's beside the point. :)
After helping Kiley finish her psychology homework, I told her that I wanted to show her something. I led her down to where I had the cookbook wrapped in birthday paper. She first opened my silly birthday card, which explained why I was giving her a birthday present a month early (to make sure it was a surprise!). She then opened the cookbook and flipped through the pages. It was fun reminiscing with her about all of our different dating adventures. She then read through the "Memories" section of the book, and I started getting nervous. This was it! She turned to the last page. Her eyes caught a glimpse of the picture of us together. She read, and I could tell that her heart was racing just as fast as mine. When she finished, she glanced up at me with a puzzled look on her face. I said, "I guess that's the part where I get on my knee..." I got down, took out the ring, and asked her to marry me.
The best part is: She said yes! :)
I couldn't be happier -- I am going to be married to my best friend! Kiley Kartchner is very special to me. Since the time we first met, we have grown together like I could never have imagined. We have made it through some interesting trials and come out all the more unified. I am crazy excited to be sealed with her for time and all eternity! The greatest adventure of my life lies just ahead.
On another note, after Kiley and I got engaged, we had a some really fun Valentine's Day dates. Kiley sent me on a scavenger hunt where I followed clues to a few different places around Albuquerque (like where we had our first date, where I asked her to be my girlfriend, etc.) until I found her. It was lots of fun! On Valentine's Day itself, we held a marriage ceremony for Violet the viola and Eugene the cello, our dear instruments. Here's the invitation that we gave to a few friends:
Dillon Moss, who played the wedding march on the piano to start us out, was also in charge of the ceremony and marrying the two love birds:
"Mawwiage is what bwings us togethew... today. That bwessed awwangement, that dweam within a dweam..."
I love you all and hope you enjoy the news! We are planning on getting married on June 24th in the Albuquerque Temple.