Thursday, January 01, 2015

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The Bay

Mission Bay is where it all started. Our first few unofficial dates took place out here on the bay. They are "unofficial" because I was oblivious that Jason liked me. My parents were in town for my baptism on Easter Sunday and I was hoping to take them out sailing and knew that Jason had connections, so I asked if he had any recommendations. Of course he quickly offered to take us out himself...such a sweet guy! We planned on sailing Monday afternoon and I couldn't be more excited. Unfortunately...or fortunately, my parents ended up spending some time with friends that afternoon and instead of going with them on a hike to the desert, I asked Jason if he would mind still taking me out, because let's be honest, I'm obsessed with the water and it has been my dream to learn to sail and live on a boat. I was delighted when he said yes, and I couldn't stop thinking about what to wear and what it would be like and how fun it was going to be...again oblivious to the fact that Jason had any feelings for me. 
Sailing was so fun. We talked and talked and talked for hours out there on the water about life, travels, dreams, etc....you know those super fun getting to know you conversations that make you feel all giddy inside and happy about life. Jason and I had been friends and in community group together for awhile, but this was the first time we spent time together just the two of us. I loved that day on the water, maybe because I was living my dream, maybe because I was with a cute...okay...dreamy man who was teaching me to sail, maybe because he was so interested in my life story and listened to it all with such intention....but for sure, God was working in my heart and allowing me to see just how perfect this tall, dark, dreamy, handsome guy who loves the outdoors was for me. 
(The sailing pictures to the left are from our one-year dating anniversary...what a perfect way to celebrate)

The Beach
The beach is probably our favorite place to be together. Many memories have been made throwing the frisbee, learning to surf, playing volleyball, hanging out with friends and camping with Jason's family. I specifically remember a day early on in our relationship when we surfed and then laid out on the sand and Jason told me that when he was life guarding he always noticed this couple that would go out bodysurfing and then lay out on the beach talking. I remember my heart melting when he told me that I was that kind of girl and that he could imagine a life like that with me. 

If you're visiting from out of town, we hope you'll have time to spend at the beach during the wedding weekend! Some of our faves are South Mission, Ocean Beach and of course a walk/jog along Sunset Cliffs! 

Travels
In the past year of dating we've been lucky to travel up the West Coast, visiting friends in Folsom and family in Portland and the Seattle area. Travel is something we are excited to do more of as a married couple including more camping and backpacking trips. 

Folsom

Last 4th of July, we road tripped up to Folsom, CA to spend time with our best friends Dan, Erica and their son Levi. Erica's parents live in Folsom and we experienced a record breaking heat wave during our visit. They set up a kiddie pool in the backyard and we spent most of our time sitting in the pool, misting each other with a spray bottle or playing in the nearby lake. This was also the first time Jason told me he loved me, in a rather obscure way...
One morning Jason and I ran down to the cliffs by the lake and I think we had the intention to jump in all along. When we got there I started to chicken out a bit after looking down from such great heights. Jason definitely started to videotape me as I vacillated between jumping or not...especially after boaters down below started cheering me on and bribing me with a cold beer if I made the leap. I knew I had to do it...I couldn't let Jason down. I wanted him to continue to have the impression that I was a true adventurer, afraid of nothing. *(I am a true adventurer, but I am a bit afraid of heights) 
Right as I'm getting the courage to jump, Jason in his encouragement says, "don't worry I'll still love you," to reassure me that his feelings for me wouldn't change if I didn't jump. At first I thought I was hearing things and so I just ignored his sweet words and jumped off the cliff so I wouldn't have to ask, "what did you say?!" 
I definitely went back and watched the video later to see if I could catch his words and despite my denial, sure enough, he had said "I'll still love you..." This led to a few conversations with girlfriends as they listened to the recording as to the intention or meaning behind the phrase. Did it mean that he really "loved" me or that he would in the future? It's funny looking back at it now and how excited/nervous/giddy I was about this small phrase. What's funnier is that he said "I'll still love you," a few more times, but each time I ignored him and thought that couldn't really be what he said! And now I can't even remember when I finally acknowledged it and said "I love you" for reals. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Engagement

I love birthdays (bekah). However, there was nothing really special about this one. Last year I celebrated the milestone 30th birthday and this year I kind of had the birthday blues. As far as I knew turning 31 was pretty un-momentous. Little did I know how memorable it would turn out to be.

Back in April, I told some of my girlfriends that I thought he would propose on my birthday. That was my hope at least, but then I found out my day would be filled with school events...graduation in the morning and an awards ceremony at night, leaving only a 4 hour gap in the middle to spend time together. I also wasn't sure if Jason had a ring, although I assured him it wasn't necessary, or if he had asked my dad, which was definitely necessary. Over Easter break my parents came down to San Diego and I kept my eye on Jason to see if he ever was alone with my dad to have "the talk" but to my knowledge it never happened. Jason also tried to throw me off by making birthday dinner plans for Friday night (the day after my birthday). So all this to say, I had doubts, but was hopeful it could happen in the near future. 

By the time I made it home after graduation, I was exhausted, missing family and consequently, crawled into bed. Jason came over to hang out for the few hours in between school events and I told him I just needed to relax. No matter what he or Kukui (my roommate) suggested we do, I just wanted to stay wrapped up in blankets on my bed. Finally, I call my mom to chat and express my birthday blues and she rightly said, "Let Jason be your family right now. If he wants to take you for a walk on the beach, go for a walk on the beach." So we did just that. We packed up a blanket and a frisbee and headed to OB to relax in the sun. 

The sun seemed to do the trick and Bekah was back to her usual self (Jason) after sitting and talking on the beach. I even remember asking her when she thought I would propose in order to throw her off that much more. Since the days events were so uncoordinated and just off the cuff, she had no idea what was in store for her. I had her right where I wanted her. After a bit of tossing the frisbee back and forth, Bekah decided I was too dry and began throwing the frisbee in the water, probably hoping I would dive head first into the ocean in an attempt to catch it. On any other given day I would have, considering I have many of the same qualities of a golden retriever when I'm at the beach. Only this time, I had something extraordinarily valuable in my pocket that I preferred not to lose to the waves. After a while of chasing the frisbee in the water, Bekah finally got overconfident and hurled the frisbee past chest level, far further than I wanted to go. We both stood hands above our foreheads, trying to see past the glare into an ocean that just swallowed our frisbee. Finally Bekah spotted it and I began undressing knowing I'd be the one to go get it. Since I had the ring in my pocket, I thought to myself, well, now's as good a time as any. So in preparing to get wet, I took the box out of my pocket and casually plopped it in Bekah's hand saying "here, hold this real quick". At that very moment, I swear time stood still, and I could tell it hadn't quite sunk in yet. Bekah just stood there frozen in time, unhindered by the onrush of waves that were crashing against us as she gaped at the treasure I had just placed in her hand. A few seconds later, it hit her like a ton of bricks. Tears raced down her face as she looked up at me in a sort of bewildered amazement. It was the most adorable face I've ever seen and I'll never forget it as I took the ring from the case in her hand (still unopened) and opened it to reveal my mothers family heirloom she had insisted Bekah should have. A whirlwind of emotions hit us both as we laughed, hugged, and yep, made out.

Made out might be a tad of an exaggeration...so Jason says next, "we gotta go!" and I'm thinking what? why? Apparently we had to be at the house at 4pm. I started getting suspicious and thought my family might be in town. So we get to the car and Jason realizes we still have about 20 minutes to wait. We sit and talk and then I have the idea to FaceTime my parents, all the while thinking they may already be in San Diego. I call my dad first and he is in the car but picks up and after hearing the good news declares he is 10 minutes from home...fishy. I exclaim, "you're in San Diego!" and even though he denies it I hang up to call my mom next. She is a little suspicious too. The video doesn't come on right away, but when it does I see she is in my kitchen! Aaaah! My birthday blues had turned right around into the best day of my life. 

I walk home into our engagement party. Kukui had decorated the house and their was food and drink. Mr. and Mrs. Cooper were on their way over to celebrate and I ran upstairs to freshen up. As I came out of the bathroom, who did I see walking up the stairs, but my brother, Kendra, Owen and Beckett!!! I literally screamed at the top of my lungs....so much so that Beckett was scared into Kendra's arms for like the next 20 minutes. I couldn't believe it! I had been missing my family a few short hours earlier. Little did I know they were in San Diego the whole time. 
I didn't end up going back to school for the awards ceremony, but instead we celebrated, ordered in pizza port and spent time enjoying the best day of my life together. What a perfect day. Best fiancé ever.





Friday, June 06, 2014

Where to begin...


You  know that feeling when you are so far behind on something you don't even know where to begin? or how to start? so you just kind of sit by and let time pass not really doing anything about it? I've felt that way about a lot of things in life this school year...whether blogging, quilting, journaling, working out or my bible study...those daily disciplines can be hard to follow through on when the daily grind of life fills your day and leaves you with not a lot to give by the end of it. Well...enough of that. I am in an extremely exciting season of life and I want to be able to look back and read my story as I walk through engagement, wedding planning and that scary first year of marriage...umm I mean exciting, fairy-tale first year of marriage :)

So I guess I'm starting with the fact that I am engaged to my best friend that God brought into my life to balance, strengthen, challenge and compliment me. Let's be real. Sometimes I didn't think this was going to happen...I've been waiting for awhile to meet the right guy, but once again. God is faithful, his timing is perfect and he is my tall, dark, handsome man who loves the outdoors and Jesus. Just look at that face...


Jason and I met here in San Diego and that has made it hard for family and friends back home to get to know that man that I have come to love and adore. He makes me laugh, he loves me even when I am difficult to love and his quiet strength is always a comfort when I'm stressed, tired, or scared. We love to be outside...our first few dates consisted of sailing, paddle-boarding, lots of frozen yogurt and a sweaty, exhilarating night at sky high, an indoor trampoline park. I remember those dates like yesterday. When we went sailing together I had no idea that Jason was interested in me...my parents were in town and I had asked him if he knew of any sailing connections so I could take them out on the water to enjoy the beauty of San Diego. Of course Jason offered to take us and we set a date, the day after Easter. Unfortunately...or fortunately...my parents didn't end up making it, but I still went along and we spent the afternoon talking about our lives; traveling, adventures we wanted to have, my fear of turning 30 and life in general. I remember the conversation flowing so naturally and this cute boy that I had grown to know and admire in community group was so fun and easy to spend time with :) Now, over a year later we are counting down the days to our wedding! I'm excited, fearful, overwhelmed, and content to spend the rest of my life loving this man and helping him to lead and guide our family as we pursue God and his will for our lives.



The date is set. September 13, 2014...it's going to be a beautiful, sunny and warm day in San Diego and we will be surrounded with close friends and family to celebrate God bringing us together and blessing our covenant to love and serve one another in marriage. I'm so excited to have my life long friend, Rachel by my side...isn't she beautiful (see below) :) Rachel has been a constant source of laughter, love and adventure. I can't imagine anyone else standing next to me on that big day. Our friendship has stood the test of time...making music videos to amy grant, our own glamour shot photo shoots, almost drowning each other in the packwood pool, slumber parties, high school banquets, road trips to WSU...despite going to different high schools, colleges and now living in different cities, I can still consider Rachel my best friend because when we are together, whether talking on the phone or in person, it seems like no time has past and we jump right in to the details of life without hesitation. Rachel is compassionate, supportive, always listens, slow to judge, ever-encouraging and so random and fun to be around. I'm so blessed by her friendship! xoxo


I promise more frequent posts this summer as I reflect and adventure through life!




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