I would like to document this next chapter of my life and hopefully build the habit of blogging on a more regular basis. That being said…
How we met:
I would like to start this off by saying I have known Bill and the Mueller family since I was 5 years old. Growing up in the same church, I became close with his sisters through the youth group.
6 years ago a friend of mine was in a band and invited me to one of his shows… Well the audience wasn’t exactly the crowd (read: age group) that I typically hang out with, but I was being a supportive friend. Plus his brothers and sisters typically were there so I kept going to the shows and got to hang out with some friends (and the band was really good!). I started hanging out more and more with his brother, Bill, and soon enough, Bill and I started dating and hanging out outside of the To Die in Arms concerts.
Explanation of our April Fools day anniversary:
Since we started out as friends we weren’t really sure when it turned into a relationship of boyfriend and girlfriend. We decided that somewhere in the spring of 2008 is when it started. Since there wasn’t an actual first date and people kept asking us “how long have you been dating?” We just picked a date. Well what better anniversary than April Fools day?!?!?! Bill’s a big jokester anyway, so it was a perfect fit for us!
How did we make it 5 + years?
Believe me it was a great lesson in patience. After about 3 years I knew he was the one. We even talked about getting married one day, but not right away. (Little does he know I started planning the wedding then! Am I crazy? Or just a hopeless romantic who happens to be an event planner?) I know, it’s the crazy one… There were plenty of ups and downs along the way. Looking back, I’m thankful we had each and every moment. We grew much stronger together than we could ever be apart. I believe God gave us those challenges to instill in us 2 things: we needed each other and most importantly we needed God to get us though a lifelong relationship.
The FIRST best decision we made as a couple:
We decided to join a new church! We grew up at Faith Bible Church and that gave us our foundation for living a life loving God, but we needed something more. Enter my brother AND Bill’s brother. My brother attended a more contemporary church, the same church where Bill’s brother played in the worship team. We started going to River Hills Christian Church, I joined the worship team singing, Bill started building stage sets, and we joined a small group. We fit right in! We have awesome friends and an amazing community of believers around us! I really believe our relationship turned a bright corner when we joined River Hills as a couple. We started growing in Christ TOGETHER instead of as individuals. Best foundation ever I might add!
The SECOND best decision we made as a couple:
Our proposal story
This one happened last night. We were on our way back downtown after having spent the day with my parents and my brother’s family. I was feeling a little down and Bill suggested we stop by the serpentine wall and watch the river traffic. This is one of my most favorite things to do (I am Johnny Jones’ granddaughter). This was not out of the ordinary, we go there often. We were sitting there just watching the river and enjoying each other’s company. Then, all of the sudden Bill was down on one knee in front of me with a handmade ring box holding the most beautiful purple sapphire engagement ring! He said simply, “Will you marry me?” It was a question I had been waiting for since I was a little girl! I hope I said yes, but I’m pretty sure I started crying, screaming, hugging, and kissing him. He knew what I meant. It was perfect and despite all my detective work (sorry, I’m terrible about surprises) I had no idea it was going to happen right then!
Many more years to come!
As we plan our wedding together, I hope you all will enjoy the ride. I’m not sure what my next post will bring, however you can bet it will be full of happy moments. I’m looking forward to hanging with my mom the most. She has always been my best friend and I couldn’t ask for a better co-planner for my wedding! The next few months will be the best so far! Bill and I get to plan the day that will start the rest of our lives together as our own family. Our parents have raised us to love each other and love God and that’s exactly how we plan to raise our kids. (Enter cheesy love song lyric here)
Karah, the soon to be Mrs. William Mueller