Our Story According To Her
Our love story was not the smoothest of paths, and I’m honestly happy it was the windy, stop, dead end, go back, confusing, yet understanding road that lead us to where we are today. For the past five years, Jay and I have had lots of time to learn about each other, and even though the beginning of our friendship was simply just a friendship to others and him, I have always felt something special about Jay.
Fast forward to spring 2016, * Text from Jay * “I will be in Lubbock today, wanna hang out?” In that moment I have never felt so much giddiness over a text. I tried to keep my cool and replied, “Sure!” after five minutes of keeping him on read, even though I was basically screaming and dancing with joy with my best friend Lauren as she helped me get ready for the date. This was FINALLY my chance to show Jay that I might be someone cool enough to hang out with as more than friends. Our day together was filled with Netflix, playing with the dogs in his back yard, sitting on his roof, showing each other music on his incredible speaker system, exploring Lubbock, and unintentionally creating our own Lubbock food pyramid consisting of Little Caesars, Hamburger Helper, and of course McDonalds (college kids diet). Within hours we connected, we clicked, we talked about everything under the sun and as the day turned to night I couldn't help but overthink “maybe I’m over staying my welcome…” and I asked Jay to take me home. As I got out of the car we said our goodbyes, and I was praying I made some kind of impact on him. I was hoping he would want to hang out again with me…soon enough I received a text before I got to my door, “Hey, this might sound crazy but I already miss you and I would love to talk some more…. do you want to come back?” I was back in Jay’s Explorer before he knew it and driving away he took my hand and said “Is it just me or are we crazy?” I laughed and said, “We’re crazy!” and we were inseparable ever since.
From there on out the craziness did not slow down. Our adventures took us to places like Spring Break in South Padre, Jay graduating, starting and supporting each other in our careers, our big move to Dallas, and music festivals in Michigan, New Orleans, Houston, and Tennessee. Even at home with our little family (our dogs - Addie and Lyla), every day has been a remarkable and hilarious adventure just doing life and learning more and more together.
On August 12th, 2017, one of my proudest of days had finally arrived. I was finally going to be able to call myself an alumnus from the greatest university in the world, Texas Tech University! I was ready to close my Tech chapter and begin a new one with Jay, Addie, and Lyla in Dallas…little did I know that Jay was WAYYY ahead of me! Within 30 minutes of me walking that stage, Jay surprised me, down on one knee, and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. As everything and everyone around us blurred out, I stared at him and couldn't help to think back to everything we had accomplished together to get where we were in that moment. There is no doubt in my mind that Jay was meant for me, and he made it perfectly clear that I was meant for him, forever, and ever. I said probably the easiest and happiest “YES!” With a degree in one hand and a ring on the other surrounded by all of our loved ones I can easily say this was THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE…so far.
Our Story According To Him
My first Texas Tech football game a friend pointed at a girl in the stands a row in front of me and asked “Hey, isn’t she hot?”
My response? “Absolutely”. That was the first time I met my future wife.
As it turns out our stars didn’t align for a few more years, but we did become good friends over the next few months and remained friends during the years following.
Fast-forward to my last semester of my Senior year, and I just got back to Lubbock from Christmas break in Dallas. I came back to school earlier than the majority of my group of friends, except for Justine. I think it was the day after I got back Justine and I just hung around Lubbock, just doing random things here and there. As the day wore on, I was starting to realize that there might just be a real connection between us. Everything was just so natural and easy... and fun. I didn't really realize it then, but she made my life so much happier just by being around her in that one day. She just radiated positivity in everything she did, and that was so incredibly enticing.
Over the next few days, weeks, and months Justine and I were so inseparable our friend group coined the term "Jaystine" since we essentially were a combo package. Anywhere one would go, the other would be as well.
It's so crazy to me how I think back to those first few months of our relationship, and I remember thinking how strongly I cared for her and in comparison to now, it's doesn't even scratch the surface. From meeting and growing so close in Lubbock, to moving to Dallas together, getting engaged, and now getting married our love has grown so much. The past makes me just that much more excited for the next chapters in our lives together.
It only took a few weeks into our relationship for me to know that I was going to marry Justine. I didn't want to scare her off too quickly... so I waited a month or so until I started to bring it up in conversation. From the very first mention of it, she always had said she wanted to wait to get married until after she graduated from Texas Tech, and I absolutely agreed. So I did just that..
Saturday August 12th, 2017 Justine was set to graduate.
When graduation day rolled around, I was trying my best to just keep it cool. I was having a hard time finding the balance between being excited that she's graduating, but not overly excited to spark a question, but not under-excited because I was trying to not be suspicious.
After Justine did her part by walking the stage and officially graduating, it was time for me to do my part. We got to our meeting spot, and we all took the standard pictures with friends and family. While all 30 people that were there traded off taking pictures with Justine, I anxiously repeated my little speech that I had written weeks before. When my time came, we went to go "take another picture together because I didn't like the first one we did". I was actually shaking... I'm really not sure how she didn't notice. When we were about done, I turned and looked at her, and tried to start my speech... but nothing came out. I was a deer in the headlights, unable to react. Somehow, after what felt like eternity, I was able figure out how to work my body again, kneel down and asked Justine to spend the rest of her life with me.
(she said yes)