The Next Chapter – By: Chanty

ChantyMost girls dream when they are little of that one day we will remember for the rest of our lives, the day we get married.  From playing with Barbies in elementary school, playing MASH in middle school, too seeing how our names sounded with our crushes last name in high school.  Getting married is a different lifetime achievement that impacts our lives.  Little did I know that life is not all about that one wedding day, but it is about all the days that lead up to that special day.

My story begins in the summer of 2013 when I received a message from a guy that I haven’t heard from since high school.  Surprisingly, that man would change my life forever.  From the day we started talking we were inseparable.  In January of 2014 we decided to make things more serious, and got our first apartment together.  This was a stressful, scary, exciting time for us because neither of us has been on our own.  As every couple we had our ups and downs, but we learned from it, and grew stronger. Now, April 26, 2014 is a night I will never forget.  It was the night that we became engaged. It came as a complete shock.  I thought I was being sly since I figured out Corey’s plan of my surprise birthday party.  I was caught off guard when I slid the hotel room key in the door, and opened it to find the room surrounded with beautiful lit candles, and rose petals scattered.  As I looked up there was my future husband holding a bouquet of gorgeous flowers; I was dumbfounded!!  I was expecting a room full of my friends yelling surprise.

Engagment

As I tried to get my head together and put the flowers down, which made me look like a pageant winner, I realized Corey was shaking.  That moment I said yes I knew nothing was going to be the same, for the better of course.  I knew that from that moment forward we were starting a new chapter of our lives.  Since that day in April we have set our date for our wedding and already picked the location of the ceremony, as well as the reception.  I just know that this chapter of my life is going to be so exciting, and I could not be happier!!!

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