What I’m about to tell you is a story almost 6 months in the making. You’ve met her and read about her in numerous blogs but not until now could I have called her my “girlfriend”. While this may seem tiny and trivial to some, to me, it means the world. It’s an incredible picture of the grace of God in my heart. It’s a pure depiction of attaining something that I don’t deserve: Acceptance in the eyes of a girl who owes me nothing but has given me nothing but love and acceptance from day one.
Here we go. 🙂
For the last 5 months I’ve been going through daily life with Makayla. Many of you have met her and for some of you she may be new. Regardless, here’s a picture.
I met her at the start of the 2015 Fall semester at Piedmont. I was a disheveled, semi-broken man completely content on being a loner and just “making it” for my last year. Fortunately, God had different plans and this girl stepped into my life. She represented unadulterated joy and contentment. She could be herself and have fun. She smiled all of the time and as you’ve already noticed, she’s incredibly beautiful. She melted this heart of ice and I couldn’t fathom letting go of the chance to get to know her.
After a few weeks of laying low and playing it cool, I finally mustered up the courage to ask her on a date. I sent the text and anxiously awaited a response. Literally hours later she responded with exactly what I wanted to read but with a twist.
“Yeah, I’d love to go BUT….I’m not really looking for a relationship right now.”
So, I played along and went on the date. I was content with being single but I knew I just wanted a chance to know who this girl was. We went on the date, had a great time, and then five months later I found myself sitting in the same coffeeshop staring into the same vibrant, blue eyes.
I had planned this day for a few weeks and after a few disruptions in my plan we had finally come to the day of reckoning. I had written five separate letters that corresponded with five different places/memories that we had shared and we visited each place. Among those places were Old Salem (Historical village in town), Starbucks, Sonic (lol), and then finally Pilot Mountain. Each place was a surprise for her and I could tell that her excitement grew with each reveal.
Our final stop, Pilot Mountain, was going to be the place that I asked her. I planned it perfectly to where the sunset would line up with my question. We explored the freezing mountain, took a ton of pictures, and then with the sun setting, sitting 2,000 feet in the air, I asked her to be my girlfriend.
And guess what?
She said yes!
It’s been five months since we started dating but now I can officially say that she is mine. I’m blessed beyond measure. She, by just being herself, has challenged me to grow in ways that I could never have imagined. Just spending time with her makes me want to be a better man. I love being able to pray for, encourage, and grow with her in our relationships with God. It’s the single best aspect about our relationship. She prays about everything. She sees the best in people. She is kind to anyone she sees. She is the epitome of gracious, patient, and loving. I love being with her and I can’t wait for everyday that I will spend with you.
Here’s to the future