This weekend. we celebrate 4 years together, and it's funny now to think that once upon a time we tried our best to keep whatever we had a tightly guarded secret.
Not many people knew about us in the beginning.
One uncle claims he knew this guy was someone to be concerned about in April 2009 when he heard from his kids, "Rachel's friend Angel came over to Grandma and Grandpa's house and played dominoes with us!" Hmm, he thought, college guys don't come over to my parents' house, and they definitely don't come over for the purpose of playing dominoes with children.
In Spring 2009, I emailed a lifelong friend about this guy who was acting like he liked me, but I was leaving to Malaysia for the summer, and he was graduating, so it probably wouldn't come to anything.
Around the same time, Angel told a mutual college friend of ours, "Rachel would make the perfect wife."
In Summer 2009, I told my sister Lizzy that we had kissed, but that it didn't mean anything, it was just a funny story, something random that had happened.
Another uncle claims that he knew something was up in December 2009 when I took a phone call on Christmas break and when he asked me about it, I said, "Don't worry, the guy lives in Texas."
My Mom sent me strange emails that winter, saying, "Not knowing him, it's hard to know if you ought to encourage Angel or not, but at the very least you shouldn't say that you're busy and hang up when he calls you."
Early March 2010, I gave my parents a heads-up. Angel had specifically said he was coming to Michigan to visit me on Spring Break. He told me he liked me. They probably needed to meet him and interview him on Skype.
Evening of March 23, Angel and I, together, told my grandparents that we were officially courting. I'm pretty sure they had no idea what we meant or what to expect.
Late March. My parents, crazy with pride or joy or something, sent out a FAMILY EMAIL informing the entire extended family that Rachel had a beau. These parents of mine...
Late March. Angel told his parents and brothers the real reason he'd taken a trip to Michigan (me).
The day we got engaged.
May 31. We got Facebook official. Anyone who was stalking us online could know.
Mid-July. Engagement party in Malaysia, with pretty much our entire town invited and attending. Some people didn't actually find out that it was an engagement party till they arrived, and for them, it was a surprise engagement party! Now all Malaysians knew the big news.
Still, one of our close friends spent the first 6 or 7 months of 2010 traveling around the world. By the time we saw him in September, our engagement was old news to everyone else, but he was completely shocked! When he'd left on his trip, we were both single, and, at least as far as any outsider could tell, not interested in each other. We didn't even live in the same state. When he returned from his trip, we were engaged and Angel was interviewing for jobs in Michigan. If you decide to travel the world, you might miss some juicy gossip in the meantime.
Who guessed first about you and your spouse? Who were the first people who you spilled the news of new love to?