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“You be my soft and sweet / I’ll be your strong and steady / You be my glass of wine / I’ll be your shot of whiskey / You be my sunny day / I’ll be your shade tree / You be my honeysuckle / I’ll be your honey bee.” -Hone -Honeybee by Blake Shelton, Miranda's hubby! And that is what he is to me, and so very much more. He's EVERYTHING!!!!! Joseph Willson met Jaclyn Bates at Publix Super markets in November of 2008. At first they were just co-workers and friends but over time something really wonderful blossomed between them, and on January 14, 2009, Joe, and Jaclyn were going for a walk, and she decided to kiss him. She was not sure why at first but she knew she was starting to really like Joe alot. He was really wonderful to her, and made her feel incredibly special when she'd not felt special in a very long time. They took the relationship very slow, and something very special grew for them, and after 2 years and four months exactly, during a romantic boat ride, Joe asked Jaclyn to marry him! And now they are planning a wedding so they can spend the rest of their lives together! P ~The Proposal~ So, about a year into our relationship, we'd been talking a little about getting married. We took our relationship pretty slow, which i loved. Everything about us was just perfect, there was no pressure, we just moved along at our own comfortable pace, getting to know each other, learning to trust each other, and falling in love. So different, than what I'd had before. So anyway, a year into, we talked about getting married, ' and all that lovey dovey stuff . It was just 'talking' though. So one day we went to the mall to pick up my new glasses at the eye glass store, and when I left, Kay Jewler's was not too far from the eye glass store, and I found him in there, looking at rings. I was feeling really shy about this but I finally agreed to look at the rings, and even got my ring finger sized.We left the store, and I remember feeling all 'nervous', wondering what this meant, and if it was real, and wondering when or how he was going to propose. Over time, I started to get kinda of ansy, and was like "Okay, is he going to propose or what? So much time went by and I was not sure what to think. Had he forgotten about our day in the ring store? I dropped hints every once in awhile too. It got to the point when I was starting to think that it might never happen. Eventually I was not just dropping hints but bugging him about it, asking him, "so when are we gonna get married?" stuff like that. Deep down, I was very concerned that it might never happen though, I was afraid sometimes that I was going to lose him. We even got into one fight, which was entirely my fault, and I don't even remember now how it started but all I know is the fight ended when he blurted out that he'd been with my parents, asking them for their blessing to marry their daughter. What an idiot I was. Sometimes I am just too parnoid, and I hate surpprises, hate when i know SOMETHING is going on but don't know what it is, and ending up driving people nuts until they blurt it out, and then I end regretting it, and wishing I had just trusted them to surprise me. So at this point, I knew there was a ring, and I knew he'd spoken to my parents, and I knew there would be a proposal at some point (if I had not ruined everything, of course). Then a few more months went by, and i was really anxious, knowing he had something planned, but did not know what. i was really trying to be patient, and trust him to surprise me and not mess up the surprise like before. I started becoming concerned about the 'date' of his proposal though. he works full time, Mon-fri, and has the weekends off. I normally work on the weekends, so I kept trying to figure out how it would all work cause if I don't know the 'date' how can I request the time off work? I was really making myself crazy w/ this so I started bugging him about it, telling him, "I need to know the date so I can request it off work?" We tried to come up w/ a solution, like he could talk to my boss w/ out me knowning or something. Eventually, to help put my mind at ease, he gave me two weekends in June, would not say which one exactly but gave me two possible weekends to take off. Backtracking, when Joe, and I first started dating he had a small boat at his house he used to take me on all the time. It was fun, alot of fun, but unfortunately one day someone came along and stole the moter off it, so we'd not been boating in a VERY long time. So he found a boat rental place, and we had a small boating trip planned for May 14th, in which I already had the day off work for, and we were so excited about it. He'd invited my parents, and his to come along on this trip. So meanwhile, while this is all going on, I am thinking about a possible proposal in JUNE, not sure when but his parents, his mom in particualr kept telling me, "I think he's gonna propose in JUNE", and, "I think june is a great time for an engagement", and she just kept talking about it, making it seem like she knew what was going on, and she was pretty certain it was sometime in JUNE. So, Saturday, May 14th arrived, and at the last minute my parents could not make it because it was my little cousin's bday, and my parents had to go, and Joe's parents have a friend that is having a baby, so they had to go to the baby shower. We'd had the boat trip planned awhile before we knew about either of the parties. We were a little disappointed, but we were like, okay, we'll have fun, just the two of us. Thought it could even be a little romantic. Not really romantic though, I didn't dress nice for it, and it was a hot day, so I was pretty sweaty. Now, when I imagined a propoal, I imagined I'd be clean, and showered, wearing something pretty. So we went out on the boat, hung out, he taught me how to drive it, and we even did a little fishing though neither of us caught anything. It was fun. Now, some background info on Joe, he's a huge environment fantic, has been since I met him & before. Every where we go, he picks up trash, it's just what he does, and I am used it to it by now. I admire that about him actually, I would never throw trash on the ground it's digusting. Especaially in the lakes, where fish and other animals live. So the whole day, if he saw a bottle, a beer can, or anything floating in the water or near the edge, he'd have to go pick it up. Sure, whatever, no big deal, it's just JOE. I would not have expected anything less, right??? Then there was this one point, we were kinda just floating along, and I was relaxing, and he's like "Hey, baby, there's a bottle floating in the water, I'm gonna turn around and try to get it", and I was like 'hmm, yeah, sure, whatever", and just kinda closed my eyes. A few minutes later he was like, "It looks there is some sort of paper in it",and i kinda opened my eyes a little and was like ,'really? that's cool", it kinda at first didn't mean much, but after some thought, my romantic came out, and I was thinking, "It would be pretty cool if we found a bottle w/ an actual love letter or something in it. I thought it'd be a great story to tell people. So I started to sit up, and get a little more interested. He was standing there trying to get this greenish bottle opened, it was a very ugy, plain looking bottle, did not look 'preplanned' or anything. At this point though, I was starting to get a little excited, and I was sitting forward, going "Hurry, open, what does it say?" stuff like that. When he got the paper out of the bottle, he started reading it, and the beginning was kinda bland, it did not really start out sounding like it was going to be a love letter, and before I could 'fall asleep', he started saying something about his one true love, and then it said 'my' name, at this point, I thought maybe he was changing the words, and 'making it up. "I was like give it here, it does NOT say that", and I was so sure he was just making it up. Then before I could even blink, he was on one knee in front of me, and there was a little black ring box. For a moment, I don't think I could even breathe, and was so sure that it was a dream. he asked me to marry him, and I just stared at him for a moment, having a little trouble 'focusing', and then I was like "For real? Is this for real?" He then he was like, 'SO, yes, or no? and I was like 'YEs, of course, yes", and he put the ring on and we kissed and hugged. Then of course a storm rolled in, and we were stuck in the middle of the lake and had to go find shelter. It turned into a bit of an adventure, really.The next few days after that, I kept expecting to wake up from this dream. It's only just now starting to seem real.
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