Marc and I met at our former church, through mutual friends. Marc was shy and I was naive, so you can imagine how that combo worked. It took him some time to even talk to me, thus I had no idea he was interested in me for quite some time. He rarely spoke more than two words to me. Everyone would ask me if I liked him, but I knew nothing about him. How was I supposed to know anything about him when he honestly never spoke to me? My first impression of Marc was that he was so sweet and loved to serve, and had a great sense of style.
Marc liked me for months before speaking to me. He sent me a Facebook message about my cookies (avocado chocolate chip), but after that he didn’t speak to me for some time. It wasn’t until July 2011 (first facebook message was in March 2011) that we started to talk and hang out more. We attended the same church gatherings and outings, which helped build a frienship.
At the Ocean Trip in August with our young adults group at church we really hit it off. He said he flirted with me and left me hints. Honestly, he did a horrible job of it, and it didn’t help that I was naive. 😉 He gave me my first sand dollar and a ride home from the church after the trip. And we built our first sand castle together.
He invited me to two of our friend’s weddings in August. I remember our first date. I was so nervous and kept changing and reapplying deodorant. He was so sweet (still is) and had washed the inside and outside of his car. He treated me like a lady and opened my doors (which he still does). We had a blast at the weddings (our first official dates). He spent most of the night picking bottle caps off of everyone’s tables to add to my collection (I collect bottle caps because I plan to make a countertop with them). We just clicked and I was always so amazed by his love for others and how he was a true gentlemen. We started dating August 30, 2011 and it’s been an adventure ever since.
Our first year was spent meeting each other’s families and introducing Marc to the “Wild West” of Montana. I have even convinced Marc to start running again and he has encouraged and supported me in many things. He’s completed several half marathons since we first started dating.
Marc and I were engaged March 24, 2013 (a date that won’t be forgotten)
After church we headed to one of our favorite parks, Manito Park. It was a sunny day, with a little breeze, and Marc thought it would be a perfect day for reading in the park (one of my favorite things to do).
I wasn’t being very cooperative and wasn’t in the grandest of moods. Poor guy. We ended up with no reading in the park, which I regret now. Instead we opted for a walk. Lots of people were in the park.
Marc knew I love books and I love reading. So he bought me one of my favorite books, “The Chronicles of Narnia,” cut a hole in the middle of the pages to make a place for my gorgeous engagement ring, which he picked out all by himself!!
He glued the pages together, placed my engagement ring in the appropriate place and waited for the perfect day to ask me. I ruined that perfect day, not once, but twice. He was going to ask me Friday, the 22nd of March, which would have been the day he first said “I Love You,” a year earlier, but I ruined it by not feeling well. Then Saturday, his second choice, I ditched out on him to work. I had know idea what he was planning!! So he opted for Sunday, March 24, 2013, which was almost ruined once again by my uncooperative behavior. What can you do?!
After our walk through the park, instead of the reading like we were supposed to do, we came back to where we started, in front of the fountains (and our favorite part of the gardens). He told me he had a present for me and explained he had planned to have us read, so he could give me a new book to read.
I thanked him for the great book, and started to walk towards the car, apologizing for ruining the reading day and the surprise gift. He stopped me and said he had autographed the front cover. I tried to open to the front cover, but it wasn’t opening with it being glued, so I just shut it and began to walk away.
Marc grabbed the book and my hand, lead me toward the fountain, opened the book, got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. Of course I said YES!! And loved the gorgeous ring to display.
The original plan was to sit on the steps of the fountain and read. He was going to present me with my “new book” and I was going to open it, as he got on one knee and asked me to be his wife. But things didn’t quite go as planned.
(Here’s some of our engagement photos)
Marc and I got married on September 21st, 2013. Another day that won’t be forgotten. It was a beautiful ceremony and reception at A Touch of Country, in Rockford Washington. The weather was perfect for an outdoor wedding!! Our bridal party was amazing. I am so blessed and thankful to have Marc apart of my life today and forever. You can find more details and photos of our wedding on our Wedding Page.