The Proposal- Written by Megan 8/30/14 – Mitchell and I had been planning on going up to his family’s house in Michigan (a place so dear to our hearts, where we are constantly reminded of the Lord’s beauty and perfect creation) for Labor Day for a few months. We knew it would be us, his family (Mary, Bill, Bobby, as well Bobby’s sweet girlfriend, my bff, Brianna), and the Lawingers. We were so excited. To my knowledge, it was going to be a normal weekend. Upon our arrival, Lauren and Peter were eager to go on a boat ride. We gathered up the cooler and a couple jackets and headed for the dock. As we walked out on to the water, I noticed it was only Mitchell and I. It was then that he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife – the moment I had been dreaming of since I met the man of my dreams at age 14!!! It was so perfect and beautiful in every way! He then told me there was another surprise, as I heard my dad yell from behind the trees “Did she say yes?!” – he had surprised me with my parents joining us for the weekend. The rest of the weekend was a celebration of our new beginning. I love this man with my whole heart!!!
Our Story – Written by Megan Something so special about our story is our history. I am thankful to have know the man of my dreams since the age of 13. January, 2006 (8th grade) – We both attended Glen Crest Middle School. We knew of each other, but were never really friends. In addition to attending the same school, we also went to the same church, St. James the Apostle. It was January and time for the winter church retreat, Timber-Lee. This was a weekend where a bunch of middle schoolers hopped on a bus (bless those leaders and chaparones), brought loads of outdoor snow gear, and learned about Jesus for the weekend. This was the first time Mitchell and I spent this kind of time together. I couldn’t take my eyes off of him all weekend. What most would have just deemed a middle school crush, was the start of something absolutely beautiful. Spring & Summer, 2006 – Mitch and I spent the remainder of 8th grade chatting on the phone and hanging out in groups of friends outside of school. At this point, I was so head over heels for this sweet middle school (almost high school) boy. I thought he was the most wonderful thing on Earth (and I still do now…) We shared our first dance to Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie” at the spring dance and then our first slow dance at the 8th grade Abbington social to “You’re Beautiful” by James Blunt… When summer began, we had a conversation about what our relationship was. That converstaion ended with Mitchell telling me he wanted to be a “free man” for the summer (he had plans of spending lots of time at the park district pool, showing off his awesome diving board skills, hoping to share some concession stand nachos with some babes) I then spent days crying to my best girlfriends and listening to a lot of Rascal Flatts (dramatic), which resulted in two of my best girlfriends, Jessica and Marissa, chasing Mitch around the playground at Park View telling him what a jerk he was for breaking my heart. Mitch and I saw each other on and off throughout the summer, sometimes “coincidentally”. August, 2006 – Not only did we both attend the same school and church, but we were also both involved WyldLife. Summer was almost over and it was time for WyldLife camp at Timber Wolf Lake in Michigan, again another trip of buses filled with middle schoolers going to spend a week learning about Jesus. Perfect! Because summer was drawing to a close, I thought this could be my chance to win over my dream man (since his time was almost up for hitting up the diving boards and cruising for chicks from other schools) As the best week of our lives unfolded, Mitchell and I began talking more again and spending time together at camp. When it was time to load up the buses at the end of the week, who did Mitch choose to sit by…ME!! I thought, “Is this real life?!” During the 6 hour trek from Michigan back to Glen Ellyn, we listened to music on Mitch’s MP3 player. I used the good ol’ “The headphones don’t stay in my ears, so can I rest my head on your shoulder??” trick – it worked, I recommend it. I’ll never forget that bus ride. At the end of August, Mitchell asked me to be his date to our freshman homecoming. He put red and blue balloons in my room, hid in my closet, and made me a poster asking if I would go to homecoming with him. I don’t think I could have said “YES” quick enough!! September 3, 2006 – A couple of weeks after Mitch asked me to homecoming we were chatting on the phone, which was a daily occurance at this point. The conversation was like any other. In the middle of the conversation he said, “Hey, can I call you right back?” “Sure.” I said. When he called me back he asked me the 5 word question that I’d been wanting to hear since January – “Will you be my girlfriend?”, again my response was another quick “Yes!!!” (I’ve never really understood playing hard to get) As kids did those days, I immediately went on my AIM profile and typed in something along the lines of – “9.3.06 – I love you, Mitch!” – Saying “I love you” the minute we started dating, naturally.
High School, 2006-2010 – Mitch and I dated all through high school. I always thought he was such a stud, from his sick golf game to his dreamy singing voice. Like high schoolers do, Mitch and I spent our time with our best friends, loved being “superfans” at the Glenbard South sporting events, continued to be involved in YoungLife, and bought all of each others birthday/Christmas gifts at Abercrombie & Fitch or American Eagle. College, 2010-2014 – After many applications and a hard decision making process, life took me to Illinois State University in Normal, IL and Mitchell to Texas Christian University in Forth Worth, TX. I always supported him going to his dream school, even though it meant being 825 miles away from each other. Skype was our best, best friend. College allowed us to grow deeper as individuals, while also gowing together. Absence does make the heart grow fonder. We quickly developed a love-hate relationship with airports. Nothing was better than picking Mitchell up from O’Hare or landing in Dallas/Fort Worth for a weekend of TCU football, a Pi Kapp social, or just a weekend of hanging around. Long distance was a beautiful blessing in disguise for us. Summer, 2014 – Mitchell graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and I graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education, both on May 10 at 9 o’clock in the morning. We couldn’t have been prouder of each other on that day. Our hard work paid off and even better… that marked the day of NO MORE LONG DISTANCE! Mitchell’s job, working for Aldi as a District Manager, placed him out near the Iowa/Illinois border. Once Mitchell got his placement for work, I also applied for jobs in the same area. A few weeks later, I was offered my dream job as a K-2 special education teacher. August 30, 2014 – Mitchell asked me to be his wife… again, another quick “YES!!” and a day I had been dreaming of since I was that middle school girl, hopping on the bus to go to Timber-Lee. And the rest is history…

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