“Cody & I met through my best friend, Jessica Gilbreath, whom I worked with at the time. She was dating a guy who was friends with Cody, and we were both “back on the market”. They invited us out on a double date, and didn’t think we would hit it off-but we did. More of “love at first sight” for Cody than for me, haha! He couldn’t two-step, and I was all about going country dancing that night. So we did, and he unwillingly danced with me (to make me happy, of course)! He hasn’t two-stepped with me since that night, so he must have really wanted to make an impression. At the end of the night he asked me for my number, and I proceeded to ask “why” (of course). I’m too good at asking questions sometimes. So I put my number in his phone, thinking that nothing would come of this night. We went our separate ways, and I left for Las Vegas the next day on a girls trip. Let’s just say my phone didn’t stop going off all weekend!
Six months later we took our first trip together as a couple, it was a blast! We went to Tennessee. We visited the Jack Daniels distillery, the Country Music Hall of Fame, saw Florida Georgia Line in concert, and hiked to waterfalls throughout the state. Needless to say, we knew then that we would get married. Yes, it was quick. As they say, “when you know, you know.” I had mentally prepared my parents (dad, specifically), for what was to come.
December 18, 2017 was a whirlwind. We were again on another trip, New York City this time. Cody had always wanted to see the Rockefeller tree, and we had dinner reservations at the Rockefeller center that night. It had snowed earlier that morning, and it was COLD. He begged me to walk to the tree before and after dinner, but I told him that it was too cold (oops!). He wanted to propose here. There were so many people around the tree it was almost impossible to get close to it. We saw a comedy show after dinner, and of course he couldn’t get made fun of at the comedy club for proposing. We finally made it back to the hotel, laid down for bed, and Cody sneakily hid the ring box under his pillow. He rolled over to me and said “could you spend the rest of your life with me?” And I knew then that he had been hiding a little surprise from me. Of course I said “duh, I could spend the rest of my life with you!” So…he pulled out the ring from under his pillow, and made me the happiest girl in the world.
No, the proposal wasn’t perfect. No, it didn’t turn out how he wanted. But it was perfect to me. Life will not always go as we plan in our heads. We adapt to our situations, bad or good. I would not choose another man to spend my life with, travel with, cook with, love unconditionally, or go through life’s bumpy roads with.
I love you, Cody Gene!”