From the very first day I went on a date with Garrett (4 years and 2 months ago tomorrow), I have always known without a single doubt that I was going to marry him and that we were soul mates. I knew that I would always love him madly, and that he was not only supposed to be my husband, but that we were each other's best friends. The other day I was talking with some girlfriends of mine and they were saying that they were feeling sad that they hadn't met their soul mate yet. I told one of the girls not to worry, because I think that God brings our soul mates into our lives at the most perfect time--whether it's early in life or later in life, I think that God knows the best timing for everyone. I was very fortunate to meet my soul mate at a very young age compared to most people (16 years old), and I don't think it was just a "lucky accident"--I truly believe that it was part of God's plan for us to meet when we did.
When we met, Garrett had just moved to California from Idaho and didn't know anyone-he was feeling very lonely, and not only was this a change in lifestyle since he was in a new state, but it was also the first time he had moved away from living with his parents....as one can imagine, these two major changes happening concurrently with no one to even keep you company in your new city would be very stressful. I had numerous, very serious issues with my family (I won't get into all of them right now), and I also felt like I had no one to talk to about what was going on in my life-my family wasn't talking to one another about what was going on, and I felt that I didn't feel that home was a safe place for me to be. I didn't want to lean on my friends since I often didn't want to talk about my family issues and I felt that they wouldn't understand, and I didn't want to burden them either.
We met each other when we were facing all these hardships in our lives, so I think God knew that we didn't just need a friend-we each needed an eternal best friend and soul mate. I couldn't have EVER faced all the challenges that came my way without the support Garrett provided for me-he made me feel so loved and safe. Even when I hardly knew him, I felt very comfortable talking to him about very personal things. Garrett needed my love, support, and encouragement to help him through his new endeavors.
Although I have always known during our dating that we were supposed to be husband and wife someday, it never really sunk in that it was actually going to happen. Since we were so young when we started dating, getting married just seemed like a distant dream nowhere in the near future. Then, on June 18th of this year, Garrett proposed to me! I was so ecstatic and thrilled to be able to call him my fiance since we are so much more than just "boyfriend and girlfriend". We decided we wanted our wedding to be June 16, 2012 (this day will be our fifth anniversary). However, a couple of weeks ago Garrett and I started to feel that something wasn't quite right in our lives--we fetl that God was trying to communicate with us but couldn't pinpoint what he was trying to say. We both prayed and talked to God together to help us figure out what it was he was trying to tell us. So, one afternoon while Garrett was at work I felt that the best thing for me to do was to take my Bible and go to the arboretum and have some alone time with God, and really clear my mind of all my other though processes and just open up myself to Him. After being there for an hour and a half, I felt that God was telling me that what was wrong was that we weren't married yet. Garrett and I know that we were always meant to be husband and wife, and that it wasn't quite right for us to wait till next year-because our love is too strong and deep for each other to not say our vows to one another and become each other's families. Once I realized God was telling me this, I called up Garrett and told him what I felt God was trying to communicate to me. Garrett didn't even hesitate or give it a second thought, he just said, "Then we should get married as soon as possible". I am so blessed to have a fiance who is so in sync with me and who loves the Lord!
So, we decided to have a civil ceremony (we are still going to have the big celebration next June). Which means, we are getting married August 25, 2011 at 2pm! I've been ecstatic over the past week, but for some reason today it really sunk in that we are going to get married...it seems very real and tangible now. It is thrilling to think that I am going to be beginning the whole next chapter of my life in just 10 days! Garrett and I will finally be a family! We are so excited to find out what this new chapter of our lives will bring, and excited to find out what the next chapter will be!