Newbee – Our Crazy Story

posted 2 years ago in 20 Something
Post # 2
176 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: Banquet hall

My FI and I have been together since high school as well. We lasted through the year he started college without me, and then the semester I graduated early and we were apart again. We knew we wanted to be together forever from about the same point you and your FI were. FI and I had said our “I love yous” after just a week of being BF/GF, though we had been talking and courting around each other much longer (and the whole school knew lol). He gave me a promise ring for our first dating anniversary. We considered it a private enagement and throughout college, everyone thought we were nuts for sharing a car, planning trips home together, sharing finances when needed, and generally not acting like a typical college couple. My professors thought the same, until they saw us together and then they knew why we were moving Earth and sky to be at the same college together.

We had hoped to get formally engaged right after we graduated and FI asked my father for my hand while working for him that summer, but the job offers the college had promised would come pouring in for FI’s field weren’t. He took a temp job and I worked retail, but we were both miserable living apart at our parents’ houses after having the freedom to visit each other at will while we were away at college. FI had told me we’d be engaged by the end of the year, but finances were not in our favor. How could he propose when he had only a temporary job? His family thought maybe he should wait. Didn’t he think I would want a more expensive ring? (No!) That December, our anniversary was approaching and his job was ending. He proposed anyway! We couldn’t set a date, but it solidified the only thing we had going, the only thing we’d had in a long time: us.

That week, FI got a call from a company he’d worked for during college. They wouldn’t interview until after the holidays, but they wanted to know if he was available. He said yes (of course!) and we waited on pins and needles. The company, it turned out, wanted him for another office out of state. A month after our engagement, they flew him out for an interview. On Valentine’s Day he went again to sign the paperwork, and a week later I left my job of five years and moved to a state I’d never been to, with the man I loved, and with our parents’ blessings.

Now we’re happily in our little apartment. FI has his dream job and I’m enjoying a little free time before deciding which career path to take by storm. FI’s company is moving us again, permanently, after the holidays and we’ve planned the wedding for next summer.

Congratulations and best wishes from a fellow pair of high school sweethearts!

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