Finally I get to blog about the most exciting thing that has ever happened in my life.... Im engaged to the most perfect man I have ever met! I get to marry Skylor Steed on August 23rd and I honestly couldnt be happier. I never knew that I could be this happy and I am so grateful that Skylor came into my life. I am so grateful for the opportunity that I had to go to Jerusalem and I am ecstatic that Skylor just happened to go out at the same time as I did. I have received so many blessings from those 4 months but I have to say that Skylor has been the best blessing in my whole entire life. So heres the juicy details....
Skylor and I met during the first week of our semester abroad (after an intital "check out" on Skylors end at the Orientation in Provo- I must have passed the test pretty early on!). Our first conversation started with the garden of Gethsemene (come on it really doesnt get any better than that!) and ended with him saving my life from a speeding bus. No exaggeration at all- Skylor totally saved my life.
(Okay okay Im going to be honest here too... before we had ever spoken with each other I definitely checked him out while we were at the gym.... I know I am such a creeper!)
A couple of days after our first encounter we had an all day field trip (something like 7 am to 4pm) and we hung out the whole time. At first I was like, "Whoa slow down buddy! Im not looking for anything here!" and the next couple of weeks continued like that until we got to Turkey. We had held hands for a while... and I denied him the chance of being my bus buddy for the trip... oops. The tides turned and I was dying to let Skylor finally kiss me on the shores of the Aegean Sea but to unfortunately I killed the mood on the only couple occasions that we had the chance to kiss. Super bum right? A first kiss in turkey wouldve been magical, but our first kiss was just as good.
The day after we arrived back home to Jerusalem from Turkey we were upstairs on the balcony outside, talking about our 5 year life plans and looking at the beautiful view and all of the sudden BAM. I kissed him. Yep- I kissed him! I had told him previously that our first kiss needed to be PERFECT and blah, blah, blah. I am pretty sure that I scared him off so I had the feeling that I needed to kiss him! (Luckily I did because he told me afterwards that our relationship up to that point had been so unstable that he was about to drop me and move on... SAD). But our first kiss was funny and awkward and totally perfect.
I can't imagine a better place to begin and strengthen a relationship that in Jerusalem on a 4 month study abroad program. We got to spend approximately 16 hours a day together, eat every meal together, go to church and school together and travel together. I can honestly say that meeting Skylor out there- away from technology and silly distractions- was the absolute best thing for us and has led us to where we are today.
We knew that our relationship was permanent after a few ups and downs and we began making plans all the way back in October. OCTOBER. When you know, you know!
We decided to wait a few months to tell our families- especially our parents so that each of our families could get to know us and see us together. We didnt want to rush anything and we weren't worried about anything- we knew that we were both in it for the long run. Skylor asked my parents if he could marry me on February 24 and that same evening we also told his family that we would be getting married. Everyone was thrilled and we are both so grateful for the support. It is nice to know that your family is behind you 100% and is in agreement with your decision.
And the best night of all so far... on Friday evening (March 15) Skylor took me to his gammy's house in order to check out her pool for our open house- we ended up stopping by his parents' house after wards where he took me up to the gazebo in front of the pond, knelt down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. I have never been as happy as I had been in that moment. His smiling face melted my heart and I couldnt help but hug and kiss him. I cant believe that I get to spend the rest of eternity with someone so amazing-I am one lucky girl. I love every single second of my life with him and I am so freaking excited for all of our adventures. Life has so much in store for us.... eternity with Skylor just couldn't be long enough. He's the only one for me and the love of my life.
We can't wait to finally be married! Forever is just not long enough.
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