This is Chase.
We first began dating in high school. I was 15 and he was 16. We dated for six and a half years, breaking up early in 2010. I have no idea how I survived that breakup and lived those three and a half years without him. Not that I was miserable or anything, but he was my best friend. We practically grew up together. I still remember friends and family members asking me, "how are you this okay after your breakup?" I could only ever answer by saying, "I have no idea." But in the quiet moments right before falling asleep or when walking from class to class in college I'd sometimes question it myself. "How am I so strong right now?" I always thought if we broke up I would be emotionally crippled. But I wasn't.
Over the course of the next three and a half years, Chase and I kept in touch through email, mostly around the holidays or birthdays. Sometimes he'd invite me to meet up for coffee or join him at concerts if he wasn't dating anyone at the time. I always politely declined. I didn't think I could be just his friend. Early in Fall of 2013, I went through a hard breakup with a guy I had been dating. A month or so after that, I got an email from Chase telling me he'd be in town around Christmas and asked if I'd like to get coffee with him. In my usual polite manner, I declined. Again!!!! (Poor Chase! It all worked out, I promise...) But this time my mom and my sister, both very close to me, mentioned that I should be able to be friends with someone who I have such a sweet history with. I hadn't thought of it that way. So in a few days I emailed him back asking if the offer still stood and if so, i'd like to see him.
Two years ago on New Years Eve, Chase and I got back together. I knew almost immediately he would be my best friend for the rest of my life. (If I had it my way, of course.) Those three and a half years we weren't together were absolutely essential in our new relationship. I understand now that God had to veer our paths for a bit in order to bring us back together for an even better relationship than the one we had before. I suppose that's how I survived that breakup, that's the only way I can understand the strength I had.
So, now that you know who Chase is, a tiny bit about our history and the story of how we began our new relationship, let's get to the point of this blog post. New Years Eve, 2015. My sister and I were treated to a day of relaxation and shopping as an "anniversary gift" from Chase. A few surprises were included throughout the day, making it one of the sweetest, happiest days of my life!
I couldn't be happier! There really are no words to describe the feelings :) To see the day and the proposal as it happened, be sure to watch the video Chase and I put together to preserve our memories. Happy new year!!!!
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