Most of all, I remember... I definitely knew early in our relationship that Will and I had found each other for a reason. Will and I played tennis together when we were really young and actually both attended the same school in Houston growing up. While I'm sure we passed each other in the halls at school, we do not really have many memories of each other from middle school or high school since we were in different grades and had different groups of friends. Will says that this probably worked to his benefit!
Fast-forward to the summer of 2011. I was living in Austin, and Will was living in Fort Worth. We reconnected at the wedding of two mutual friends (shout out to Robert and Claire!) and immediately hit it off. After a few weeks of chatting on the phone, we decided to meet up for a weekend in Austin, which included some tennis, a lot of time on the lake, and a "first date" where we were joined by Will's two brothers and two high school friends. Nothing says romance like sitting around the dinner table with five guys telling "war stories" so to speak. I'm pretty sure Will thought there would be no second date after that, but I was completely amused. Will and I continued to visit each other on weekends, which meant logging a lot of miles on I-35. Those weekends were never long enough, but getting to spend a few days with Will every week or two made me feel like no matter what else was going on in my life, everything was going to be ok. It did not take me long to realize that there was a reason Will and I ran into each other at that wedding and that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him.