4 years. Sometimes it feels like the blink of an eye and sometimes it feels like things have been this way since the dawn of time. In my life I have wanted for little. I have been blessed with health, family, good friends, the Gospel, talents, knowledge, etc. And even now, 5 years after meeting Aaron, when I count my blessings he's still at the top of the list.
Aaron and I met through some friends, all though we disagree on the exact date and circumstances under which we met, we do agree that it was sometime in October of 2004. Poy says he liked me right off the bat but if any of you know Poy then you'll know he played it cool. I remember him sitting on the couch playing Black Mountain Side on his guitar with shaggy blond hair, dark tanned skin, and a scruffy beard. That's right ladies, Stud muffin! He was too cool, too quiet; I was so nervous around him in fact I thought he found me annoying, lol.
After a month and a half I got tired of waiting and finally asked him out. We got pizzas and went for a walk and found we had a lot to talk about, or at least I did. In Aaron I found a good listener, and from that night on we were inseparable. No one thought it would last, they were surprised we were even together. Loud, crazy me with quiet, down-to-earth Aaron, but for us it was perfect.
We spent every waking minute together, eating out, seeing movies, playing video games, walking, off-roading in the Jimmy, tubing down the river, road trips to Edmonton, family dinners, afternoons at Saint Mary's, stake dances (if I could drag him there), oh yeah and attending weddings - lots of weddings! I made sure to point out the fact to Aaron that as we continued to date many of our friends started dating, got engaged, AND got married while our status stayed the same: Dating. This of course did not bother or encourage poy in any way, he can not be hurried. He took his time, made sure it was right, and on December 7th 2005 Charles Aaron Poytress asked ME to be his wife. It was one of the best days of my life, of course I said yes and 9 weeks later we were married for time and all eternity in the Cardston Alberta Temple. Perfect.
It feels like so much has changed since then and yet in some ways it still feels the same. I still feel so blessed to have Aaron in my life, I still get butterflies when he comes out all dressed up for church and smelling so good, and I still can't help but smile when he snuggles me up before bed each night. I love you Poy and as if having each other isn't enough look at what we've been blessed with already: