Our Love Story

When We Met - When I met Devin I had no idea he was who I would spend the rest of my life with. It was a rainy Monday night in July and a group of us met up at Red Robin. This was my first Red Robin experience and I got more than I bargained for. Not only do they serve excellent food, apparently they also supply eternal companions. My friends and I sat at a table and not long after Devin came over and visited with us. I was sipping on my mint shake and Devin ordered a root beer float. I was being my goofy self like usual, and I caught Devin's attention.

A few days later Devin messaged me on facebook, he wrote, "Hey McKinzie the Mint shake lady. How are you doing? It was fun to meet you at red robin the other day! we should hang out sometime. How do you feel about that? -Devin" My response, "The mint shake lady? haha i'm glad that is what you remember about me Red Robin was way fun, and i'm totally down for hanging out sometime, just text me." I was bold and gave him my number, and I'm so glad I did.

Dating - A few weeks later Devin mustered up the courage to ask me on our first date. The timing of the invitation was impeccable. That day I had been up American Fork Canyon rock climbing with some friends. I didn’t have any cell reception up there and would have been unable to receive his call. When I got home I felt dirty and was going to hop in and take a quick shower, however I saw my phone on the desk light up (I always had my phone on silent so in and of itself me picking up when called the first time was a miracle.) I didn’t recognize the number but answered anyway.

Devin had felt prompted to call me in that exact moment. A few minutes after his call one of my good friends called to invite me to a concert, that happened to be the same time as our recently planned date. If he had not called when he did I would have accepted my friends invitation to the concert and would not have been able to go on our date for another two weeks! (That weekend my family and I were going out of town.) This is just one of the few times the stars lined up for us.

Love - As we dated I fell quickly and I fell hard. He was my first love (and only love) and I never knew how much I could care about someone. On September 18, 2011 Devin held me and said he loved me. I reciprocated and meant it 100% but if only I could have known then how much my love would grow for this amazing man I would have been astounded. I remember driving home from his house that night I turned on the song “Then” by Brad Paisley and belted my heart out.

Engagement - Friday December 23, 2011 Devin picked me up and we drove up to Salt Lake with Devin's siblings Tanner and Aubree. We pulled up to Olive Garden (which is my favorite restaurant) and then had a delicious meal. After dinner we drove over by temple square but then Devin took a detour up to the State Capitol. We parked and Devin said he wanted to look at the view from the top of the steps. It was absolutely freezing and we stood there hugging as we overlooked the Salt Lake Valley and the temple glowing right in front of us.

At this point I was still oblivious. Then he asked, "Can I keep you forever?" and I responded, "Yes please!" Then all of the sudden he was down on one knee. I started screaming, "No way! No way! NO WAY!!!" I didn't mean no to the proposal but I couldn't believe it was really happening! I barely remember him actually asking, I was too ecstatic. I finally realized that I hadn't said yes yet, so I enthusiastically said, "YES!" There was lots of jumping up and down and hugging. My best friend had just asked me to spend the rest of my life with him, so what can you expect.

Marriage - A few short months later Devin and I were married in that same temple on March 6, 2012. I have two favorite memories of that day. When I arrived at the temple he was already waiting there for me. As I walked inside I saw him and it was like my entire heart was lit up. The memory is in slow motion. Seeing him and watching his smile grow. We came to each other and embraced. He looked at me like I was the most beautiful woman in the world. It is hard to even fathom the level of happiness that we felt that day.

My other favorite memory was when the marriage was being performed. Generally I am not a crier and despite the beauty of it all I did not cry. I just remember looking at him and my cheeks literally hurt from smiling so much, but I didn’t care. I was so happy. I felt so lucky. I got to be his forever.

Now - Through the years our love has grown immensely. There is so much we have learned about it each other. So many new memories. I remember growing up I tried to imagine what marriage would be like. I can proudly admit it is 1000 times better than I could have dreamed. Like in all things marriage presents its challenges, but ultimately that love and bond that I get to have with my husband is so special to me and I cherish it above all else.

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