It may come as a surprise to many of you reading this that Carly and I didn't know each other very long before we decided to get engaged. What can I say? When you know, you know.
Carly and I met through mutual friends online through the ever so popular social network; Facebook. Once contact was initiated, we became immersed in conversation with each other and immediately began exploring each others lives and interests. Talking to Carly was certainly a fresh breath of air for me. Carrying a conversation with someone had never been so pleasurable. As weeks passed by, I knew that I had to meet this woman.
The first date had finally been set and my nerves were seemingly high, as I anticipated throughout the entire day how that night would unfold. Once I got off of work, I drove up to her. An hour and 30 minutes away which seemed like a 3 hour drive, making me even more anxious. I finally arrived to pick her up. As I parked the car, I turned my head and saw the cutest little boy playing outside with his friends. I knew that had to be her son, Max. He looked just like his mother. Then I glanced up the driveway and saw Carly. Her beauty was radiating as she approached me. Easily the most beautiful woman I've ever laid eyes on. For our first date, we decided to go to the Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio for a wine tasting. As we were driving to Coopers Hawk Winery, I remember very clearly being unable to keep my eyes off of her as I kept glancing over. We shared many stories and laughs during the drive. Now, this may sound very silly but for a brief moment during that car ride, we glanced over at each other, making eye contact. I could feel something I had never felt before from the presence of this woman. I knew in that very moment that God put this woman in my life for a reason and now I've come to realize it's the woman He chose for me to spend forever with. We ended up having an amazing night together. One that we certainly didn't want to come to an end.
I'm now blessed with a selfless and extremely caring woman and her infectious, loving son. I don't know what I've done in my life to receive a blessing this grand, but I am thankful every day for Carly & Max. (and their 2 dogs, even though they irritate me most days) :)
Please join us in celebrating our engagement!