Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Finding my Best Friend

Part One is here. Part Two is here. 

First time I said "I love you" was right before my 18th birthday. I was in love and falling for this guy who loved me back. 

Our first kiss was two days before his 22nd birthday. 

Our first year of dating was difficult because my mom was battling Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer. She was a fighter and inspired me so much during that year. 

It was also difficult because right before my 18th birthday I found out I had thyroid cancer. It is rare for someone so young to have it, but I did. My amazing boyfriend was there when I got out surgery and always encouraged me with sweet texts. 

Our official first year of dating was August 25, so we celebrated and went out to eat in between staying with my mom at the hospital. She passed away on August 27 and my life wasn't the same. I struggled for a few months but he would call me every day to see how I was doing and would take me out to eat to hang out with our friends. 

She was my secret's keeper, my mentor, my Marmee. She knew how I felt about Josh and that I wanted to marry him. She understood that I found my best friend.

I remember before Christmas going to the mall with our friends Heather and Mike. They were also dating. We stopped by Zales and I showed Josh my favorite ring. 

A few months later on February 12th we went hiking with some relatives and friends. On the top of Old Rag Mountain he asked me to marry him. It was romantic, beautiful scenery and he was my best friend! 

We decided to have a three month engagement and be married in May! Planning our wedding was so much fun! I never became a Bride-zilla and I loved every moment of our wedding. 

Finding where we would live was another story, We couldn't find a place yet and we were 12 days away from being married....

Come back tomorrow for the last part of the story! 


  1. So sweet! I was only 19 when I met my husband. I know it's "young" by today's standards but I wouldn't change it for the world!

    1. I wouldn't change being married at 19 either :)

  2. Beautiful story. Just wonder if you know thyroid issues run in the family. Several of your great Aunt have had problems and surgeries on theirs.


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