Nathan and I met at Fort George National Historic Site of Canada. He worked in maintenance and I was a historical interpreter.
We were just friends for 4 or 5 years during the summers as I was going to Laurier for Philosophy and Nathan was going to Tyndale for Religious Studies. We hung out in groups, joined soccer tournaments together and exchanged books, but that was really all.
It wasn’t until I was back home from Laurier University doing a 1 year Post Grad in Human Resources development that we started to hang out a bit more intentionally. It was also during this time that I began to explore my faith more intentionally as I felt God was saying something over the last year of university (I only knew it was God after this time).
Nate and I loved adventure and went hiking regularly, but we also loved to read, so we liked the occasional reading date as well :). We may be nerds, but we are proud of it.
We started dating officially about a month later on Sept 4th, 2009. We dated for a year and he proposed on our one-year anniversary at the place we met, Fort George. During that year we did everything we loved. We went camping with his family, we went snowboarding, hiked and played soccer.
Nathan came up with a wonderful proposal. Like most girls I dreamed of a creative propsal and was thrilled and excited when the day came. I had no idea when it was going to happen but I knew he had something special planned for our anniversary. We went to Niagara-on-the-Lake and toured around and eventually ended up at Fort George.
Nathan then surprised me with having the key to the massive front gates of the fort, I thought he was joking but there it was, we were in. It was exciting and scary being the only ones at the fort but also amazing. I was so thankful to the people of the fort to allow Nathan to set the night up, it was so special. After walking around for a bit we went to the back of the fort and Nathan thought it would be a good idea to try to go into the tunnel.
For those of you who have not been to Fort George it is a semi-creepy tunnel, with many people saying that it is haunted. Trying to be brave, cool and generally awesome, I said “yea, great idea…” knowing I had no desire to go into the creepy tunnel just the two of us. But off we went down the path towards the tunnel. I thought he was looking more nervous then usual but I couldn’t figure out what exactly it was. I soon found out…
He had actually set up a dinner table, surrounded by candles (which his brother-in-law, and now my brother-in-law, Kevin, had lit on the sly for him just before we walked in). We sat down to dinner, and he then began talking, sounding kind of nervous but I didn’t think too much about it . He was saying lovely things and I was still in awe at what he had set up. As he was talking he came around and I tried my best to face him as he wrapped my legs in a blanket due to the coolness of the night. He was still talking and at this point I was beginning to wonder, is this the night my whole life changes…
Then it happened in a blur, he was down on one knee and had asked me to marry him. I was struggling to get myself out of the confines of the blanket wrapped around my legs and was now jumping up and down all over the fort. I couldn’t believe what just has taken place.
He then reminded me that I didn’t answer him and I hadn’t seen or put the ring on yet. I of course said yes, and I loved the ring! Needless to say I didn’t eat anything and was trying to focus, but all I wanted to do was go and tell everyone I saw that I was going to marry my best friend. We tried to last there but it didn’t take very long before we were packing up. I was so excited (even writing this I get excited and giddy with what I felt that night!). I never thought I would ever be so lucky and blessed to be with a man as wonderful and loving as Nathan, but there it was. He was asking me to share the rest of my life with the rest of his! We left there and began our rounds telling our parents. The very first person I told was my beautiful sister, Shaelyn, and asked her to be my maid of honour, and I was so excited by how excited she was for us and that she agreed to be a part of the wedding with us.
We started planning and it went remarkable well. We had a lot of great people around to help us and the vendors and people that helped with the wedding were fantastic. We did our engagement shoot at Fort George and were married at Ball’s Falls April 30, 2011. By the time the wedding day came I was so thankful that we were married and the planning process was over I thanked everyone I saw in the room during my wedding speech. Note to all future brides, write a speech and do not do what I did, the speech goes way too long and then you feel silly because you kept people from dancing. Then we were off to Mexico and this marked my first time being outside of Canada or the United States. Little did I know at that time that we would be leaving in a few years to leave Canada again, but this time a lot longer than a week.
I feel like we have had a lot of changes in a relatively short amount of time. I suppose they are all normal for people in our stage of life. Completing school, engagement, wedding, some people have babies, others wait and start on their careers. At this point I couldn’t imagine any other life then I have at this moment. The road ahead may not me an easy one and it may have a few more bumps then I would like but it is a life that Nathan and I are creating with God and for that reason I am incredibly thankful because it is far better than anything I would have ever thought up myself.
So that in a nut-shell is Nathan and my history up to this point.
You will hear more about our decision to go shortly.