I met Jason in the spring of 2011 while going through a tumultuous time in my life. I was introduced to him through some of my most supportive friends. I remember how shy and mysterious he seemed at first and I was instantly drawn to that! From the very beginning he had a very calm and serene presence about him which was very comoforting to me. We started talking more and more through email and texting and our friendship grew from there. We had kept our relationship completely plutonic for the first 9 months or so. I could easily feel the physicial attraction that we both shared during this time. We decided to move our friendship to the next level and starting dating November 27, 2011. We have been inseparable ever since!! He is completely and honestly my best friend, my soul mate, and the love of my life. He is certainly a blessing from God!! I believe God puts people into each of our lives at the right time and place, and He placed Jason into my life when He knew I! was ready to be his partner in life. I have never been able to be completely myself with anyone before and the most wonderful part of our relationship is that Jason loves ”me” for who I am!! I don’t have to pretend to be someone I’m not and for that I am very grateful!!! I have loved and lost before, but I can honestly say I have NEVER known a love like the one I have for this wonderful man God has given me!!! I could tell Jason I love him each and every minute of every day and it still would not be enough!!
My story begins in the spring of 2011. Robbie and I met through mutual friends and social interactions. Most of which were weekly dinner outings of eight or more people to various restaurants. I began to notice that Robbie and I would end up having our own conversations across the table which left me feeling as though we were there alone. As the weeks turned into months we both found ourselves in dysfunctional relationships that caused us to loose our peace and serenity. I began to email and message Robbie for advice on what to do about this relationship I had found myself stuck inside, which left me unfullfilled and unhappy. Ironically, Robbie was dealing with the same shortcomings in her relationship as well. Over the next month or so we grew closer as we shared with each other what our needs, hopes, and dreams were and how we were struggling in our present ”relationships.” This quickly led to us both making the connection that we both wanted the very same t! hings out of life. That we were both hopeless romantics and that we shared the same spirit. That seed of hope and curiosity bloomed into a loving, compassionate, and unconditional love that has brought us to where we are today.
Jason proposed to me at our home on Christmas morning when we were opening our gifts. It was simply the most romantic and thrilling moment for me. He wrapped this beautiful sign that says ”I have always known it would be you” in this huge box stuffed with a ton of packing paper. The sign was laying on top of all the paper with this big red Christmas ribbon tied around it. As I pulled the sign out of the box, the ribbon seemed to be never ending! I kept pulling it out until finally this sweet little gift bag was attached to the other end of the ribbon. I opened the bag to find a ring box that contained the most beautiful ring I’d ever seen!!!! He asked me the question I had been longing to hear for months, ”Will you marry me?”. I was already crying by that point and I said in my very shaken and tearful voice, ”Of course I will marry you Jason!!” He placed the ring on my finger and I just wrapped my arms around him and the tears of joy just came flowing out. I am so blessed to be marrying my best friend, my soul mate, and the love of my life.
Very Nervously…….. lol A week before Christmas Day I put my plan into action. I called Robbie’s father and asked his permission to marry his little girl and he happily granted his permission as long as I would love her and make her happy. I had previously found and purchased a wooden sign that read, ”I have always known it would be you.” I wrapped a ribbon vertically around the middle of the sign and tied a large bow by which I attached a two feet long section of the same ribbon. Then, I tied the ribbon with a bow to a small craft paper gift bag that contained the ring box. I sat the small gift bag into the bottom of a cardboard box and partially filled with brown craft paper. I coiled up the connecting ribbon and placed the wooden sign into the box diagonally and upright so that the sign’s thin wire handle was on top. Finally, I wrapped the box with gift wrap and placed it inconspicuously under our Christmas Tree amidst the other presents. On Christmas morning we took turns opening our presents until there was but one left untouched. I noticed a very suspicious look as I slid the box across the carpet in her direction. She was very excited as she tore into the gift wrap and unfolded the t! he flaps on the box. I can still remember the look she gave me with her eyes as she reached into the box and pulled the sign upwards with her hand grasped around the thin wire handle. She hastily read the sign as her eyes began to fill up with tears. I heard Robbie say, ”What is this” while she tried to understand why this ribbon was tugging her hand back towards the box. As she lifted the sign higher the gift box containing the ring rose upwards out of the box. Robbie’s voice quivered as she said over and over, ”What’s in the box? what’s in the box Jason?” I had to nervously tell her to open it as she sat frozen in disbelief. (She knew what was about to happen!) She finally opened the gift bag and pulled out the ring box that simply said Markman’s. Robbie’s hands were shaking as she flipped it open saw the diamond ring that I was about to propose to her with. I sat up on one knee and told her exactly how I felt about! her and what she means to me, and then asked her to spend the! rest of her life with me as my wife and me as her husband. I gently took the ring from her quivering finger tips and slid it over her ring finger as she sat frozen in place. Robbie was unable to look away from her new diamond ring as she blurted out behind tears of joy…..Yes Jason, I will marry you!