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FROZEN BUTTS AND TENDER HEARTS
teaching, but after that, it felt like, career wise, so much was still in question. The one thing she and I knew was we were meant for each other. We graduated in May, and I popped the question in October. The weekend I proposed, I also asked Laura’s mom for permission. Laura coached cheerleading, and her mom and I were on our way to the football game. Laura’s mom just about drove off the road in excitement! The night of our engagement, I took Laura to the Detroit landmark, The Whitney, and proposed. The following day, we went to Game Two of the World Series. We wore about five layers of clothes and froze our butts off, but we had such a great time. Proposing to My Wife, Laura
“The one thing she and I knew was we were meant for each other.”
The next 14 months were full of wedding plans, cake tastings, registering, and showers. We got
I attended Michigan State University from 2002 to 2006. It was at MSU where I met my wife, Laura. Laura and I both “went Greek” in college — I was in a fraternity, and she was in a sorority. Our houses planned and hosted many events together, including ski weekends up to Blue Mountain in Canada, tailgating at MSU’s Rock on Farm Lane, and the charity driven Greek Week. Over the first three years of college, Laura and I became acquaintances through those events. It was not until senior year that we started dating. In the fall of our senior year, our houses were tailgate partners. It was there on the corner of Grove and Beech that we hit it off. It only took me two months after that to actually ask her out. In December my fraternity had a date party night, and I asked Laura. It was an eventful night that included charter buses down to Detroit and back — the charter bus was late and then got a flat tire to top it off. Bus troubles and all, we still had a great time, and I ended up asking her out again, this time to the Spartan Clash.
married in December with the lights of downtown Rochester and the Royal Park as our venue. It was such an amazing night and a great send-off with our family and friends present.
This past December, Laura and I celebrated our 10-year wedding
anniversary. When I think about life, it is not what you have, but who you are and who surrounds you that defines you. My wife, two daughters, and let’s not forget our pug, Bella — they all mean the world to me, and I feel like such a lucky guy every time I come home.
I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day. We will see you soon.
Second semester of senior year flew by, and our futures were staring us in the face. Laura was going on to complete her one year of student
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