Our Love Story – Part One

I was a freshman. He was a sophomore. We both had the same work-study job in college and quickly became friends. He also became my upper-classman friend who had a car, which meant I would bug him for rides to the greyhound station to go visit PA and my then boyfriend. He never seemed to mind and had a girlfriend of his own at the time.

Throughout all of college we remained friends. Some semesters we hung out and talked more than others, but that happens with friends. In May of 2006 we realized we were living in the same building for the whole next year. This prompted dinner dates… aka taking turns making each other dinner throughout that summer and the following school year.

When I had met John my freshman year, I immediately thought he was a great guy. Certainly cute and super smart. He became my little secret upper-classman crush. When we were both living in The Village, I started to realize that I still had a school girl crush on this guy I had met two years ago!

Fast forward to March 3, 2008: I received an instant message from Johnny. He was inviting me and a friend down to visit him in North Carolina where he had started graduate school at Duke. We also talked about how we were both newly single — thank you facebook. We talked all night it seemed, and I eventually booked a ticket for a long-weekend visit in April. (The friend didn’t come. We weren’t talking at the time.)

After that first day of chatting out of the blue, we were obsessed with talking to each other over the computer. We eventually upgraded to being obsessed with talking on the phone. And I’m talking about the up-all-night-till-four-in-the-morning-I-don’t-care-if-I’m-tired obsessed. We had so much in common that we never new about each other while we were friends.

I learned he had that same crush feeling and throughout our month of awaiting my first trip to North Carolina, we fell in love. We both knew it. We both felt it. However, we refused to say it out loud until we were in person in April.

Our first time together as a couple: April 2-6, 2008…

I was greeted in his apartment to roses, my favorite movie on DVD, and John learned how to play one of my favorite songs on the guitar.

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We explored the Duke gardens and Duke’s campus. I also bought a Duke sweatshirt and sweatpants that I still love to wear around to this day!
I learned how to play guitar hero…
And we had an official first date: dinner at Maggiano’s, making Johnny bunny at Build a Bear, and looking at engagement rings. Yes, you read that correctly.
Little did we know we’d be together again in just three weeks.

To be continued…

(PS. I would have had a lot more pictures for you, but ecto was freaking out and I had to finishing editing through the WP admin. Not desirable.)


  1. 1

    So sweet! Funny how things turn out, right? Can’t wait to read more!

  2. 2

    awww, i love your story! my fiance and i were friends first, too. so sweet! :)

  3. 3

    Aw! I can’t wait to read part two!

  4. 4

    What a sweet story! Looking forward to the next instalment :)

  5. 5

    Yay!!! Ya’ll are so cute :) I am sooo excited and can’t wait for part 2 :)

  6. 6

    I love with things turn out like this. I can’t wait to read the rest. Fun love stories like this make me melt.

  7. 7

    You two are such love bugs. It’s so cute!

  8. 8

    What a sweet story! I can’t wait to read the rest. :)

  9. 9

    I AM OBSESSED WITH YOUR BLOG!! Girl, you are SO GORGEOUS!! This story gave me the biggest goosebumps….LOVE the roses:) We love guitar hero. Seriously, just know you are super pretty. Have a great day and I can’t wait for more:)

  10. 10

    This is beautiful, thank you for sharing, Katie! God works in such powerful ways :)

  11. 11

    So, so cute! Can’t wait for the next part!

  12. 12

    Awesome, thanks for sharing. Your story sounds similar to mine and Bryan’s. :) It is really amazing how things work out.

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