Thursday, February 19, 2015

Show and Tell: Share your Love Story

I am linking up with Andrea over at Momfessionals today! I thought this was a fun topic and one that should definitely be documented on the blog. It all started back in 2008...

Mr. Neill and I met while studying abroad with the Baylor in Great Britain Program! We became friends while abroad, and when we got back to school we continued hanging out. I had just moved to a new apartment that happened to be right next door to my new friend ;) so we started seeing each other a lot! Right before spring break, we talked and decided to spend our week apart praying about our future. On March 15, 2009 we went on our first date and the rest is history :)

After I graduated in May 2010, I moved to Dallas and he stayed in Waco for a year to finish his Masters and work for an accounting firm so we dated long distance. We thought he would go to law school in Dallas but God had different plans :) I renewed a one-year lease on my apartment in Dallas about a month before he decided to go to law school at Texas Tech in Lubbock, TX. So... more long distance!

After another year of long distance, I finally got a job in Lubbock and moved 10 minutes from my sweet boyfriend! Long distance was hard at times but overall was such a blessing to us. It allowed us to learn how to communicate well and it gave us the opportunity to be together while continuing to live our lives as two complete and independent adults. I wouldn't trade those years apart for anything! After living in Lubbock for 2 weeks...

We got engaged! He totally surprised me by proposing the day before my birthday! He had me in tears when my entire family, his family, and several of our best friends surprised me at an engagement party afterwards. I cannot tell you how fun it was to celebrate that moment with those closest to us. 10 months of planning, celebrating, and enjoying our season of engagement later & we got hitched!

Mr. Neill has been the greatest gift God ever gave me 6 years ago. I couldn't have asked for a better friend, partner, and leader of our family. He has taught me more about myself, strengthened my understanding of God & grace and encourages me to be the very best version of myself I could every be {And today is his 27th birthday so shout out to him! Love you!}

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