Sunday, May 23, 2010

Okay, here we go!!

Let me tell you the story.

It's kinda long, but it's a good story.
A story that I will tell forever :)

I met him my Senior year of high school.
He had been in my ward for a year at this point but I never paid much attention.
I don't know why, but I didn't.

The first time I actually saw him,
I liked him.
The first time I actually looked at him,
I wanted him.

His name?
Ernesto :)

It wasn't until our Senior year that I actually started talking to him though.
We were at a mutual activity.
I started the conversation.
It was lame. He remembers how it went,
but I'd prefer to block it out ;)

By February of 2007,
we were dating.

We dated throughout the rest of high school
We walked at graduation together.

in about July of 2007,
I broke it off.

He had a mission that he needed to prepare for.
I wanted him to focus on his mission.
I felt like dating more,
and I didn't want to distract him anymore from his mission than I already was.

So I broke up with him.

In late September,
I began hanging out with Kris.
and in October,
I began dating Kris and Keltson.

Ernesto didn't know about this.
I didn't want him to know.
I didn't want him to think I was over him.
I didn't want to hurt him.
He was still in my ward.
We still saw each other every now and then when I would come down from school.

By February of 2008,
Ernesto had his mission call to Houston, Texas.  
a few days after telling my parents I was pregnant,
Ernesto found out as well.

I was terrified of his response.
I didn't want to know how he felt.
I didn't think he even knew I was dating anyone.

I discovered about a week later,
that he didn't have hard feelings towards me.
He still talked to me every now and then
and he even hung out with my sister at my house sometimes.

He watched as I got engaged to Kris.
He sat upstairs as I brought Kris over to meet my old young womens leader who lived in his basement.
I was supposed to get married on April 18th.
He was supposed to leave on April 16th.

After calling off the wedding,
he seemed to talk to me even more.

He invited me to his farewell bbq
and he was so forgiving.
I couldn't believe how forgiving he was towards me.
He acted as though I hadn't completely betrayed him.

After leaving on his mission,
I received a few letters from him during my pregnancy.

I didn't write him back ONE TIME throughout the pregnancy.
I was stressed, and I honestly felt like there was nothing there between him and I.
I had no feelings for him.

After placing Avery for Adoption,
I began writing him back a little more.
I knew he needed the support and I felt wrong to just ignore his letters.

He got home in April of this year.
the day before he came home I was dating someone.
The guy I was dating asked me if he should be worried and without even skipping a breath I replied "NO!"

the day after he came home,
I saw him for the first time in two years.

There was definitely something there.
he gave me a hug and I could feel the sparks.
I wanted to talk to him more,
but couldn't because I only saw him as I was leaving the restaurant Chili's with my Friend

 (my old young womens leader living in his basement!)

a couple of days later,
He texted me.

a couple of days after that,
he called me.

I broke it off with the guy I was dating the day before Ernesto and I went on our very first date in two years.

and now...
we're getting married!!!

I'm so in Love.
He is THE MOST amazing man I have ever met in this world.
The things he has overcome in his life are incredible.
Anyone that has had any type of interaction with him loves him.

I'm so grateful to be his future wife.
I'm so excited.

This has all seemed so fast.
After my experience Last year,
I swore to myself that I would not let myself rush into a marriage.

I know Ernesto.
I've known him for Three and a half years.
I know everything about this amazing man.
from his past,
there is no better man out there that could relate better to how incredible my situation is with Avery.

I just feel like he already belongs to my family.
He fits SO WELL.
I love him SO MUCH.

I can't wat to Marry this man.
I can't wait to be sealed to him for ETERNITY!!

He is my other half.
He is THE ONE.

We want a summer wedding.
I want the reception to be in my backyard.

it's going to be a short engagement.
But, that is OKAY!! haha probably better in fact.

I saw a rainbow today.


Emilee said...

bahahahaha who told you this would happen!!!!!!!!!

Que and Brittany's Adoption Journal said...

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations!

Stephanie said...

I have enjoyed following your blog. You bring birthmoms and adoption such a bright light! Congrats on your engagement!

Michelle said...

Congrats Andee and Ernesto.

By the way...I been waiting for you to blog about this. ;0)

I expect details and lots of pictures!

Cory and Becca said...

Congratulations to you and Ernesto on your engagement! What a exciting time in your life! :)

Amanda said...

And it's finally on the blog.. (: LOVE YOU ANDEE! I'M SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!

Krista Eger said...

October, next year, now soon?? :D I couldn't be more happy for you!!!!!!!! Hey when you know the one, you just know and what the heck is the point in waiting???????? It's not like you just met him and you're already engaged! :D Can't wait to see you in white (I better be invited!)!!!!!!!!

The Lynd Family said...

*Emits high pitched girl scream while jumping up and down*

GAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! Andee I'm SO SO SO SO FA-REAKING HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!! You're going to LOVE being married! It's SOOOOOOO much fun!!! Congrats! Congrats! CONGRATS!!! :D

Andrew and Brianna said...

Wow! So, I don't even know you, but I came here from the rhouse long ago, and I just keep coming back to check things. But I just want to say I am SO excited for you! SO excited! Congratulations!

Sharon said...

I am soooo happy for you two! Congratulations!!!!

Mrs. Black said...

Okay so I just screamed really loud and almost woke up my baby on the other side of the house! I AM SOOOOO HAPPY FOR YOU I WANT TO CRY!!! Love you Andee! {And seriously, I HAVE to know where you guys are registering so I can send you a prezie! LOVE YOU!}

Chelsey Cutler said...

ANDEE!!!! Holy cow girl!!! I heard you were dating someone, but never heard the story behind it. I'm so happy for you!!! Congratulations!! Don't forget to send me an invite! Oh happy day!!! :) Love you!

Ashley Bennion said...

Who you calling old???? I am so excited to have you as my sister in law now! Love you!

Our Happy Family said...

Wow, I love reading your blog and I loved reading this post. What an awesome story and I can't help but feel so much joy for the two of you!!!!!

Sterling Bo said...

Andee, I know you don't know me. But I heard your name through the adoption chain (through my caseworker, actually, she LOVES you) and I want you to know how incredible you are. I'm so excited and happy for you! Seeing you stay strong, live your life as the Lord wants, and recognizing the blessings... oh, it gives me such comfort! You are going to be a wonderful wife... you're already an incredible mother. Ernesto is so blessed to have you in his life! You go girl!

The Ellis Family said...


StefanieJinelle said...

Oh hey. Congrats. Let's plan our weddings together? :)

Hilarie said...

Congrats Andee!!!

Savannah said...

Three cheers for being sealed to your love for eternity! I'm so happy for you Andee. Short engagements are the best. When you know who you want to spend your life with, there is no point in waiting. I gave up the summer wedding because I wasn't willing to wait that long.

Valerie S said...

Ha ha. When I saw you at Ernesto's welcome home BBQ I said to myself "They should date again!" There must have been vibes in the air! Congrats to you both!

Andrea said...

What a sweet story. You make a great match. I can't think of two more deserving people. Love you Andee.

Val said...

Wow Andee I don't know why I'm such a sap, I was all teary--but hey I am just really happy for you. You deserve this. I love how you told the story & the background. Congratulations!!!

Ryan and Helen said...

Congratulations! What a great story.

hope2adoptbaby said...

Congratulations! So completely thrilled for you, and we've never met (although I've been reading your blog for awhile). YAY! :) Shelby

hope2adoptbaby said...

Oh, and when do we get to see a picture?!

Jamie said...

Congratulations Andee! I am so happy for both of you! Love you!

Angee said...

CONGRATS ANDEE! That is so exciting! I'm so glad you found your other half! It would be so fun to see some pictures of him. A short engagement is great. Especially since you know him so well already. I'm just so thrilled for you!

Mary said...


Lechelle said...

I was totally crying when I read this, I am so so so happy for you!

Lissa said...

WOOT WOOT!!!!!! Now we need a picture and details on your engagement:) Congrats.

Shian said...


Ron and Jessica said...

What a great story and Congratulations!

Alicia Johnson said...

Congratulations!! that is so exciting! I very happy for both of you! It's a fairy tale ending (or beginning) :)

Ken and Kelly said...

Wow Congrats, when I read the last post I figured it was something like this.

'May the light of friendship guide your paths together.
May the laughter of children grace the halls of your home.
May the joy of living for one another
trip a smile from your lips, a twinkle from your eye.'

Krystal said...

I am SO excited for you and so happy for the way things are working out for you! CONGRATS! Can't wait to see a picture :) this is such great news, I'm delighted for you

Adam and Andrea Daveline said...

Andee! I am so incredibly happy for you! All I can say is that I am wishing you every joy and happiness possible. I sure do love you, little miss!

Kim said...

I have lurked a bit on your blog, and seriously, I am in tears I am so excited for you! What a sweet story of you allowing God to work in your life! Can't wait to hear more! :)

(And hey, there's hope for the rest of us single gals!)

Nicole said...

I'm a little late but...That is the cutest love story ever! I'm really happy for you! Congratulations!!

emily said...

awesome and congrats.