S: Spencer & Amanda
FC: Today was a Fairy Tale . . .
1: "The best love is the kind that awakens the soul; that makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. That's what I hope to give you forever." - The Notebook
2: Our first date...
3: October 29th | Day 1 | You picked me up at my house in Muncie wearing a pink button up shirt. I was so nervous. We went to Applebee's for dinner and watched the movie Just Married when we got back. Later that night, I walked you to your car and we hugged goodbye.
4: Halloween on Broad Ripple Street in Indy. Dancing at Rock Lobster until 2:30 a.m. Our first kiss. Sleeping next to you on the couch that night. Me falling off the couch onto the floor. Ha. You laughing at me. | October 30th | Day 2
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6: November 5th | Day 8 | You wrote me a message on Facebook at 1am and told me you couldn't sleep. You posted a youtube video with the song ‘Take Me There’ by Rascal Flatts.
7: There's a place in your heart where nobody's been., Take me there. Things nobody knows, not even your friends., Take me there. Tell me about your momma, your daddy, your home town, show me around. I wanna see it all, don't leave anything out. I wanna know, everything about you. And I wanna go, down every road you've been. Where your hopes and dreams and wishes live, where you keep the rest of your life hid. I wanna know the girl behind that pretty stare., Take me there. Your first real kiss, your first true love, you were scared., Show me where. You learned about life, spent your summer nights, without a care., Take me there. I wanna roll down main street and back roads like you did when you were a kid. What makes you who you are, tell me what your story is....
8: My first trip to Fort Wayne to spend time at apartment 1A. We went out to eat at an Italian restaurant called Casa and then we went to the movie theater and watched Due Date. | November 6th | Day 9
9: November 21st Day 24- We went to church together and then had breakfast at Bob Evans. | November 20th | Day 23- I met your family.
10: "I’ll take off my halo, if you take off your wings You don’t have to be invincible cause I sure ain’t no saint You’ll always be my angel no matter what you do Cause you take me to heaven just by being you." | "Tell me a secret Tell me things that no one else should know" | "When I see you standing there You know it all becomes so clear The way you look, the way you talk I need the way you lift me up."
11: November 27th Day 30 I drove to Bluffton to spend the evening with you and your family at your parent’s house. I got there around 3pm and I thought about how nervous I was, like the first night we hung out, sitting in the driveway waiting for you to come out and kiss me.
12: A night out in Muncie!
13: December 4th Day 37 | December 5th- Day 38 You asked me to be your girlfriend. :)
14: December 10th Day 43 You met my parents. | December 11th Day 44 I taught you how to milk a cow!
15: "Thought I''d been touched, Thought I'd been kissed, Thought I'd been loved, But it was nothing like this." | December 12th- Day 45 We spent the day watching football with my dad. | December 11th- Day 44 We went to Newport and ate at Brother's with friends. | December 10th- Day 43 Stayed at Belterra. Bubble bath in the Jacuzzi. ;)
16: December 31st Day 64 | We went to your parent's house and played games with family and friends. | New Year's Eve
17: January 6th- Day 70 I drove up to Fort Wayne with your family and surprised you for your birthday at Texas Roadhouse. | January 7th- Day 71 We went out to eat at Smokey Bones and then we watched the movie True Grit. | Happy Birthday!
18: January 8th- Day 72 We went ice skating in downtown Fort Wayne.
19: January 15th Day 79 IU Game
20: "Darling look at me, I've fallen like a fool for you. Darling can't you see I'd do anything you want me to. I tell myself I'm in too deep then I fall a little farther every time you look at me...I don't know what it is that makes me fall like this. First time in your arms I knew, the way you held me. I knew that this could be what I've been waiting to find."
21: First time I said, "I love you." February 5th - Day 100 | 1.. I love how I can’t stay mad at you for more than a few seconds 2.. I love how one day you are going to use something on this list against me 9. .I love how you are inappropriate in public 10. .I love how you leave ridiculously long and pointless voice mails on my phone 40. I love how you are currently obsessed with Wikipedia | 50. .I love the cheesy comments you come up with to make up for something you have done wrong 53.. I love how Darkwing Duck was your childhood hero 71. I love how you meet my dad's approval 92. I love how you tried to challenge me by throwing Paw Paws at a board in the barn 100. And most of all, I love you...
22: You told me you loved me. | You came to Muncie and brought me flowers and a weasel. We went out to eat at Amazing Joe's. | Valentine's Day | February 14th Day 109
23: I get weak in the knees, and I lose my breath. Oh, I try to speak, but the words won't come... I'm so scared to death. And when you smile that smile, the world turns upside down Whenever you come around. And when you smile that smile, The world turns upside down... Whenever you come around.
25: Shank Wedding Day 121 February 26th
26: March 10th Day 133 We arrived at our cabin in Sevierville, TN!
27: March 11th Day 134 Dixie Stampede
28: We hiked an 8 mile round trip. 4 miles up to a 100ft waterfall and 4 miles back down the mountain. It took us 3 hours and 40 minutes to hike the whole 8 miles. | March 12th Day 135
29: The Trail... Described in the park map as strenuous, we hiked up the mountain for 4 miles, crossed 2 narrow bridges and trudged through snow and mud for most of the hike.
30: We made it!
31: After the hike,we drove up to Newfound Gap. The Tennessee- North Carolina state line.
33: April 16th Day 170 | Date Night We went to Florence, Ky and ate supper at Famous Dave's. After dinner, we went to the theater and watched Lincoln Lawyer. | Remember when you kissed your finger and flicked me a kiss during the movie (most people blow kisses)...not you though.
34: Ball State University Nursing Pinning May 6th Day 190
35: Adventure to the Ohio River | May 22nd Day 206 We ventured down B. Tapp road and crossed under the highway through the tunnel to the river.
36: June 10th ~ Day 225 | ~Summer Wedding~
37: June 11th - Day 226 | On this day, we went bike riding at Quabache State Park. We ventured on a few trails, visited the buffalo, and viewed the park from the top of the fire tower! | That night, we went to Jefferson Pointe to watch the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie. You took me to a steak & seafood restaurant called Chops.
38: June 18th -- Day 233 Today, we went to Clifty Falls State Park and hiked around on the trails and went to Tunnel Falls, an 83' waterfall.
40: June 18th Day 233 Bonfire and Fluffy Bunny Contest!
41: June 25th Day 240 | We went to King's Island with my brother for his 20th birthday!
42: We went to Joe's 4th of July party. Great food. Great friends. We camped in a tent that night. It poured down rain and leaked into our tent! | June 25th ~ Day 240
43: July 2nd ~ Day 247 Aaron's 4th of July Party
44: We had a pool day at your parents house with family and friends. | July 3rd Day 248
45: July 4th ~ Independence Day ~ Day 249 We went over to the Bluffton High School and watched fireworks.
46: July 15th ~ Day 260 1. We went to the Cincinnati Zoo to celebrate my birthday. 2. We went to dinner at Montgomery Inn. 3. We skipped rocks down at the river. 4. We tried to scout Reds tickets but failed. 5. We walked across the Purple People Bridge to Newport, Ky. 6. We went to the Sausage Festival and watched a hot dog eating contest. 7. We almost started our journey home. 8. Instead, we scouted Josh Groban tickets. 9. We walked to US Bank Arena and watched a concert. 10. We had the most random day ever!
47: Cincinnati Zoo
48: The Purple People Bridge crossing from OH to KY.
49: July 16th Day 261 We went to a wedding in Hamilton, Ohio.
51: Rascal Flatts Concert July 23rd ~ Day 268
52: August 8th ~ Day 284 A Day At The Beach & A Night of Putt Putt Golf
53: Message In A Bottle ~ August 9, 2011 ~ Day 285 9 months & 11 days | As we walked along the ocean on the beach at Myrtle Beach State Park, Spencer and I came across a message in a bottle lying in the sand. When Spencer proceeded to pick the bottle up, I naturally responded with, "Put that down, that's not yours." He said, "How do you know?" With Spencer being the rambunctious, wonderer out of the two of us, I decided to let him explore for once as he opened the bottle and pulled out the letter. The letter was on a tattered piece of brown paper and appeared to be a treasure map. As he began reading the message, I realized that it was addressed to 'Amanda.' That's funny I thought, "That's my name!" He continued reading, "Once in a while right in the middle of an ordinary life journey, love gives us a fairy tale. 9 months and 11 days ago, God gave me my fairy tale." My mind froze. The message in the bottle was mine! I couldn't tell you what the rest of the letter said. I was so excited, nervous, overwhelmed, happy and the list could go on with emotions and feelings that were consuming me. After he finished reading the letter, he led me over to a treasure chest sitting in the sand. Before reaching down and opening the chest, he told me that I have made him the happiest that he has ever been and that he wants to spend the rest of his life making me as happy as I have made him.
54: He reached down in the chest full of letters that I had sent him in earlier months and pictures of us and pulled out a little black jewelry box. He proceeded to get down on one knee. My heart was pounding. "Amanda, Will you marry me?" Through the tears and happiness, I said, "Yes!" Spencer was right to put in the letter, "Our journeys to each other have been very different. Past relationships that didn't make sense, college decisions that had no explanation, and life experiences that have unknowingly shaped us into the individuals we are today. I truly believe each and every one of these experiences were given to us by God. They have molded us into the persons He intended for us to be so that only in His perfect timing He would introduce us to one another. Not until now did I really understand the answers to all the whys?...Why all the obstacles? Why decisions I made were made? Why life's journey led us in the direction it did? Now...it all finally makes sense to me. It was and always has been in preparation for us to find each other." "All I've ever done and all I've been through in life was in God's perfect plan for meeting you...my princess, my angel, my dream come true!"
56: August 10th Day 286 | If I had my life to do over again...I'd find you sooner so I could love you longer.
57: "Love, it can weather any storm. Bring you back to being born, again. Oh, it's a helping hand when you need it most. A lighthouse shining on the coast that never goes dim." ~ RF | August 11th Day 287
58: Helicopter Ride | August 12th Day 288
59: Splish! Splash!
60: August 12th | Day 288
61: September 17th ~ Day 324 We watched Lion King 3D in theaters and then had supper at Steak 'N' Shake!
62: October 15th ~ Day 352 We went to Chicago and watched Taylor's 'Love At First Fright' Show.
64: Carving Pumpkins Day 353 ~ October 16th | Before... | D u r i n g
66: Natural Bridge & Red River Gorge | Day 365 October 29th | One Year Celebration
70: Dinner in Lexington, Ky
72: I love you
73: Spencer, One year ago, my prince charming came into my life. Although he did not appear on a white horse dressed in shiny armor proclaiming his love for me, he still quietly slipped in and somehow stole my heart. Before long, he had me thinking of him during the day and dreaming of him during the night. His sweet and charming demeanor swept me off my feet and made my reality a fairy tale. Most importantly, my prince charming was you. I could never write enough love letters, say I love you enough, kiss you enough or spend enough time with you. Forever could never be long enough for me. I fall in love with you more and more everyday. You have awakened my soul, made me reach for more, put fire in my heart, and brought peace to my mind and I hope to spend forever giving those same things back to you.