Last week was Zack and I’s 1 year engagement anniversary. I thought it was time to post our story. I don’t know how long I will drag this story out. It could be two weeks or I may wait 2 months until our 1 year wedding anniversary to wrap everything up. I don’t even know if many will read it but I think its a wonderful story because it is ours. It is the one God wrote for us. It’s special and it’s my favorite story of all time.
I am going to take you back to the fall of 2009. Spoiler alert this is probably the most boring part of the Zack & Kenzie trilogy so please don’t quit reading after this post. Anyways, it was our senior year in high school. I was 17 and could not wait to graduate and start college. I was going to be this cool college girl and try out for the rodeo team, was going to be on my own and definitely did not have time for some silly boy. I was single and LOVING it. I had been reading this book about dating, praying for your future spouse, yada yada yada. I am a girl-I want the fairy tale. Who doesn’t? So I began to pray for this boy I have never met. Whatever God, I am listening, kind of but still-don’t have time. I was getting ready for my Halloween party at my house I had every year. My Aunt Krista who lived in Prague at the time had come down to visit for the weekend and decided to stop by before she went back home. I knew my cousin Jarrod was with her but little did I know that the boy I would marry someday would walk through my door too.
After working all day outside getting things ready for the party, I was pretty much a hot mess. I heard Aunt K in the kitchen so I made my way to say hi. After rounding the corner I immediately wanted to crawl into a hole and hide. The most gorgeous thing I’d ever seen was standing in my kitchen and then there was me. Dirt all over me, hair windblown (not in a good way) and no makeup on. He had baby blue eyes and the cutest little grin. Did you ever have that feeling when you first met your husband that you knew he was the one? That was that moment. The first time I saw him I knew he would be in my life for a reason.
We visited with them for about an hour and then they had to go home. It wasn’t two seconds after they pulled out of the driveway that I was texting my aunt, asking about him and wondering when or if I would ever see him again. I wasn’t very smooth or patient enough to wait for him to ask about me.I wanted to know him. I wanted to be around him.
Two months passed and it was Christmas. We talked here and there and I was ok with that. I didn’t need a distraction in my life. My Aunt was hosting a New Year’s party at her house and guess who would be there? Yep, that hot guy with eyes that make you melt and a grin that could make your heart pop out of your chest. Count me in!
I was the nerd girl who shows up to a New Year’s party at 6:00. Lame I know. 2010 comes at the stroke of 12:00 and no I didn’t get my spontaneous New Year’s kiss. We spent that weekend talking, getting to know each other, and soaking up every second we had together. It was perfect.
Over the next couple of months was hit and miss to see each other. I went up every weekend I could-sometimes to only see him for an hour or so. Prom comes along in April and Zack takes me to my Senior Prom. Gosh he looks great in a tux. We danced all night and had our first kiss on the dance floor. It was a perfect prom and perfect night.
We finally made it official and became the title of boyfriend and girlfriend that night.
Graduation came in May and a summer with the boy I had fallen head over heels for. We laughed, we went on dates, we danced, we traveled, we dreamed, we kissed-A LOT, and it was perfect. I learned things about his childhood, we shared thoughts, dreams, and secrets. He was my best friend and it was the perfect summer.
August came and it was time to grow up some more, pack up and move two hours away to college in Stillwater, OK. So many mixed emotions went with the move. I was excited about this new chapter, scared to death to be on my own, already homesick, and missing Zack like crazy had already set in. I missed my friends, my routine, my dog, everything. It was something I had dreamed about doing and something I needed to do for myself.
Today I look back and I am so glad I went to Oklahoma State. I am so glad I followed my dreams because they pointed me to a whole new direction that changed my life. Over the next course of a year and a half, our world would change and in a hurry.