• Love Stories: Dallas Sweethearts (and Soulmates)

    Love Stories: Dallas Sweethearts (and Soulmates)

    Through the ups and downs, love still found a way.

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Josh and I first met years and years ago—when we were in middle school in Euless, Texas—after we were introduced through different friend groups. Since I was three years behind Josh, we only occasionally ran into each other for the next few years while he finished up high school in 2007 and I in 2010.

It wasn’t until the summer of 2012 that Josh and I really became friends, as I’d just moved back to Dallas from Austin and Josh was finished with college and looking for jobs in the area. In 2013, Josh moved away to McAllen for a job with his then-girlfriend while I was teaching kindergarten.

While Josh appreciated the opportunity for his career in McAllen, he longed for Dallas. He missed his family and friends in the city, and although he was able to keep in touch with everyone through various social media, texts and phone calls, it was never the same—plus, he missed going to the occasional Dallas Mavericks game. But ultimately, Josh decided he would stick it out for a year and then find a job back home. His relationship ended and it was around that time that, yes, Josh and I started Snapchatting each other.

Once Josh moved back to the area in 2014, things picked up a bit between us—but progress was slow, at best, since we were both kind of commitment-phobes. That’s because my previous boyfriend of two years had left me suddenly for someone else—and married her in a matter of months. That breakup absolutely was devastating, as it had been my first serious relationship. I ended up developing a fear that all good relationships would eventually end—along with the fear they would do so abruptly. So after that, I kept guys at a distance and was very hesitant to let people get close to me.

But when I started dating Josh, he didn’t get discouraged, frustrated or exhausted by the fact that I was very slow to let him in. He was the only one who didn’t try to “fix” my heart; he just tried to understand it. We saw each other almost every day for a month, and I remember thinking how much happier I was—and how I didn’t want my fear of getting hurt to get in the way of our relationship. After that month, and as a way to gauge whether it was safe to get closer to him, I ended up throwing down the ultimatum— “are we doing this or what?”—thinking, “OK, if this works, great. If not, we’ve only been seeing each other for a month, so no big deal.”

From there, our relationship continued to grow. Things weren’t always developing at a gradual curve, and there were ups and downs on our journey—but the key was we never stopped loving each other. After a couple years of dating, Josh decided he was ready for the next step.

It started when he surprised me by re-creating our first date—which involved touring Deep Ellum Brewing Co., eating the largest pizza ever at Serious Pizza and hopping around to a few bars before ending the night at the Twilite Lounge. Throughout our time together, we had always jumped at opportunities to revisit the neighborhood and reminisce over our first date while running around with friends.

Two years later (almost to the day!), Josh said my sister had asked if we wanted to grab drinks in Deep Ellum. After “inviting” a few more people out, he said, “It’s been a while since we got Serious Pizza. You want to grab some before we head to the bar?” So we ate and then walked to the bar, which is where I saw my sister waiting outside. Josh asked her to take a picture of us, and I remember thinking it was odd because we never really took pictures. While she was working the camera, he dropped down on one knee and told me, “Megan, you’re my best friend. I love you, and I want to spend the rest of my life with you. Will you marry me?” I don’t think I audibly said yes, just nodded and smiled through my happy tears. Immediately, I said I had to call my mom, and that’s when he walked me through the bar to the back patio where he’d assembled a group of our closest friends and family so we could celebrate with everyone in person.

We’re both extremely excited for what the future has in store for us—and we’re excited to take this big step together. Our wedding date’s set for Sept. 2, 2017, in McKinney. We’re grateful for all the love and support our family and friends have shown us over the years, and we can’t wait to share the day with everyone.

— Megan and Josh, Frisco, Texas

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