On November 16, 2007, Nate and I attended the semi-finals of NC/DC...together. While we weren't technically dating yet, this was the first time we had been together on campus. For better or worse, when a guy and a girl hang out together at a college like Northwestern, other students automatically assume there must be interest. Three years ago, those assumptions were completely true, and my interest in him and my love for him haven't stopped growing ever since.
Back then I did not know him well, but I was so intrigued by the way everything he did seemed genuine. I can now attest that he is the most sincere man I have ever met. Though he would much rather listen (a skill I hope rubs off on me), I treasure his words. When he affirms me, I know his words are rooted in truth. I know this partly because that's the kind of person he is and partly because he may be the world's worst liar. :-) Just as in our dating relationship and engagement, Nate consistently seeks to love me sacrificially as Christ loves the Church and laid His life down for her.
He makes me laugh when I think I'd rather be mad. He holds me when I'm broken. He listens when I rant. He reminds me when I doubt. He loves me when I wouldn't. I am so grateful. I love you, sweetie!