Archives For Love

By Kelsey on May 27, 2011 6

I said yes! to Eric’s proposal, and we were launched into 10 months of crazy wedding planning. Not to mention that we would both be graduating from college, moving, and applying for and starting real jobs in the next six months.

We went back to school in January for our last semester, and I had a candle passing at my sorority to announce our engagement. I loved the fact that I now had a beautiful ring I got to wear on my finger so everybody knew I was taken.

I had always dreamed of a September wedding, and really wanted to get married over Labor Day weekend like my parents did. Those hopes were quickly squashed when my mom told me that people generally don’t want to attend weddings over holiday weekends, and the availability of our photographer and venue didn’t match up on any September date. So, we settled for the first weekend in October.
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By Eric on May 20, 2011 3

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Get out the kleenex, ladies! (Just kidding, I’m not that romantic.)


Picking Out the Ring
If you know Kels, you know that she is very particular about what she wants, especially when it comes to something she is going to wear for the rest of her life. So when it came to talking about getting engaged, there was going to be no surprise-ring that I picked out all on my own.

We started looking in October 2005, two and a half years after we started dating. Kelsey finally found the one that she wanted, so it was time for me to start scheming about how I would propose. The scheming started right there at the jeweler. Our gemologist (a fancy name for a ring salesman) knew it was time to talk about the payment of the ring and asked Kelsey to wait outside in the lobby while we hashed out the details.

When she left, we talked about when the ring would be ready for pick-up. This is where I got crafty. We devised a plan for him to tell Kelsey that the ring wouldn’t be ready until after Christmas, when in reality, it would be ready in early December.
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By Eric on May 13, 2011 2

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As Kelsey mentioned, in November I decided that I wanted to transfer schools. There were a couple of events that led me to this decision.

  1. We were heading into our last semester of community college and would have to transfer after our sophomore year anyway. I had started to think ahead about where I wanted to go. I knew I wanted to go to the same place as Kels so I asked her where she thought she was headed after NIACC and she said Simpson College.
  2. I remembered that Simpson had recruited me to play football when I was in high school. I got to thinking that I might want to play again. I contacted the coach to see what he thought about me joining the team in the fall. Simpson is a Division III school, so there are no scholarships available and pretty much anybody can join the team. But the coach encouraged me to transfer down there mid-year so I could participate in off-season workouts with the team. This made sense to me, and I was pretty out of shape at the time.

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By Kelsey on May 6, 2011 6

Hi, guys. Eric has done a great job recapping our love story, and now it’s my turn to step in.

As he said, we had a dreamy first summer.

Seriously, it was like in the movies. I was living with my sister at my grandparents’ summer home, and even though I only saw Eric on the weekends, we were free to spend our days as we pleased. It felt like we were at college–only we didn’t have to go to class. Oh, to be young and in love…

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By Eric on April 29, 2011 8

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It’s hard to know where to take the story from here. You’ve heard the struggle I went through to get her to date me, but from this point on me and Kels were like peas and carrots.


Sitting on the dock at Okoboji

After our first date–and Kels definitely wanting to be my girlfriend–she headed to Okoboji for the summer. (For those unfamiliar with Iowa, Okoboji is a beautiful clear water lake in Northwest Iowa–one of three bluewater lakes in the world–pretty much our only “resort” town.) Her grandparents have a house near the lake and their family spends time there in the summer. Kels was going to live there and work at Godfather’s for the summer. Her sister was also living there at the time working as a waitress and tutor.
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