Cody and I met in July 2011 while playing Ultimate Frisbee at Carterville Park which was organized by a couple of people from both of our wards. We said a few things back and forth, but nothing more than that. On July 13th [Wednesday], we started talking more than just a little bit. I realized that he and his roommates and wardies were super nice and we should start hanging out with them! We invite Cody + Friends to play with us that Saturday up in the mountains at our glow in the dark badminton tournament, so I give Cody my number so they can get more information. Right after we left ultimate, Cody invited us to come play volleyball at his apt complex. Then he invited me over the next night to watch a movie. Then we hung out Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.. etc. On Wednesday, we watched an outdoor movie at his apt complex and he put his arm around me for the first time! When the movie was over, we went on a walk, held hands, and somehow ended on the roof of Pizza Pie Cafe [my workplace]. We were up there for at least 2 or 3 hours just talking and getting to know each other, and really started to like each other. That Sunday, I went home and met his family. Cutest family ever!! Then on Monday, the 25th, we were watching Enchanted and he said to me.. "So.. a couple of people asked if we're dating.. and I just told them that you're my girlfriend.. Is that okay?" FREAK YEAH IT IS! I was ecstatic! Everything just fell into place, and it still continues to do just that! We were indiscreetly talking about marriage before we were even dating for a week by saying things like "Well.. I'm starting to think SUPER long term with you.. Maybe.." On my birthday, he gave me 21 roses throughout the day with 4 of thee cutest love notes you've ever read. After all of the festivities, he told me that he wanted to spend some time with me alone, so we drove up to the bottom of The Y and talked for a while, until we were getting eaten alive by mosquitoes. So we went to Carterville Park to try and star gaze, but the grass was completely soaked.. So we went on a walk around the track. Once we made a full circle, he said "Well, I actually had something set up for us.." Which is when I looked to the middle of the field and see a blanket set out with more roses and a teddy bear with a shirt saying "You are amazing" on it. We walked out there and he said a few cute things followed by "I hope this is okay to say.... I love you." FINALLY! I'd been wanting to say that forever! (Hah, we have only been dating for exactly a week at this point.. But for real. I felt it!) The next week, we started talking a lot about getting married, and then we went to 2 wedding receptions which definitely made us talk about it even more.
A couple weekends later, he and his family invited me to go to Missouri and Illinois with them. BIG DEAL! His older brother was planning on getting sealed to his wife and baby. While we were there, we had some really amazing experiences, and it was also there that Cody told me he was going to start praying a different way, and rather than asking if it was okay to marry me, he was going to say that he wanted to marry me, and if God didn't want that to happen, He should intervene somehow. Neither of us had gotten a real concrete answer, but everything felt so right the entire time! We got home from Nauvoo on the 1st of Sept, and the next weekend we decided to go ring looking. I don't say ring shopping because we only wanted to get an idea of what I liked and prices and such. Well, we went to three different stores, and I ended up finding the ring that I completely fell in love with at Fred Meyer Jewelers.. Turns out they had a sale going on that ended on Monday. Remember.. This is Saturday. That meant, if we wanted that ring, and that sale price, we'd have to purchase it within 2 days. Holy serious slap in the face! We needed to figure out if we really really wanted to get married, because $2000 is a lot of freaking money. We started praying our little hearts out all night and through the day on Sunday. We went to his parent's house Sunday night and Cody got a Father's Blessing, in which Heavenly Father directly told us that we already knew that we were supposed to get married and that we SHOULD get married. He said versions of that 3 times in the blessing. Okay! Talk about an answer!! Yes yes yes yes yes!! Needless to say, Cody went and bought the ring the next day (: It had to get re-sized though, so I knew I was going to have to wait a little while until he'd propose. We were planning on going to St. George that weekend so that he could meet my Mom, and I so thought he was going to do it either Friday, Saturday or Sunday.. Well, when he didn't do it then, I was completely baffled! Then he told me he wasn't getting the ring in until Wednesday, so that made a little more sense. Monday, we went to my sister/brother-in-law's house for dinner, and when we left, I just wanted to go home, take a shower and go to bed. I was definitely being Mrs. Grumpy Pants. Well, his sister was having car troubles, so he wanted me to go with him. We get there and he's messing around with the car, while I'm just sitting there wanting to go home. He couldn't do anything about the car right then without the parts for it, so we just went back to my apartment. Yeah, apparently, he was trying to propose, but it just didn't work out.