I met Andy in February of 2003. We spent a lot of time together over the next few months until we started dating late that spring. I think I was likely falling in love with him before we were even dating. We lived only 3 blocks apart (he helped me move into my houseboat!!) and would go on walks with my brand new puppy every night along the water. It was easy & simple & perfect.
Once we started dating, I knew in about 2 weeks I was going to marry him. I will admit to freaking out about that part (and will leave out the exact language I used :) ) But I was absolutely positive!! I kept thinking "you're not supposed to know that so soon!" and "how on earth are you so sure?" but I just knew. And exactly a year later we were engaged.
Next week we'll be celebrating our 11th anniversary. We are in so many ways so very different, but I've always known I would spend the rest of my life with him. I always say that my entire world just fell into place that summer. Life won't ever be that easy, or simple, or as light with responsibilities - but it was pure magic!