The Story: Best Friends to Dating

The story of how two best friends fell in love ♡

This post will have as many pictures as possible, which a few years ago, was not that possible. Marco used to run from my camera, and now he sits in front of it 😉 Not really, but he’s so awesome about taking pictures now. It never bothers him anymore. Maybe because now he’s not afraid to show us off! 😉

Marco and I had always seen each other around since we were in middle school together, but didn’t actually become friend until our Sophomore year of High School. I was on my way to a G-I-Hoe Party (I know, right?!) with my friend Paulina, and we met up with Marco and all his buddies. Marco declared himself our “Tour Guide” for Parties (It’s been SO long, I’m literally talking with Marco on the phone to make sure I’m getting this all right! Haha). This was the first High School party Paulina and I had been to. We had so much fun this night, that the next Monday in class, I officially dubbed Marco to be my best friend, and we have been insanely close ever since that day. The way things happen in life amaze me. He was always the guy we’d call on the weekends to go out. When I say this, I make him sound like some crazy rager. He’s definitely not that crazy ;). He’s always been the one to make sure the girls got home safe, they had a ride, and always the one making good decisions. He was fun to be around, and we got along so well that I wanted him to be with me to do everything! We did soo much together. We stayed super close all the way through our senior year and the first couple years of College.

We would spend Birthdays together, holidays together, Valentines Days together, everything! We always wanted to spend time with each other, and yes, we were “just friends” at this point. One memory that won’t let go is one night when a huge group of my friends came over and we all laid on my living room floor and were messing around with a game… a game that is filled with controversy… whatever! It was funny, and silly, and is still just a memory that we both laugh at. It was of course, the Ouija Board that you buy at Toys ‘R’ Us (please, don’t get weird about the board- we weren’t trying to predict our future, we were just having fun and being 16 knowing nothing about anything, really). Marco and I were on the spot, playing the game with everyone watching, our friends asking the board questions. The board decided that we were to get Married at 23, and have kids at 25. Haha, isn’t that funny!? I think we secretly always hoped for this wish, but didn’t think it would actually happen. Little did we know….!

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Our Senior Year, when Senior Ball came around, Marco and I decided to go together. Hard decision, right? 😉

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I’ve always been my goofy self around him. I’ve never felt so comfortable and loved by someone. He’s always made me feel like I could be free to be me 🙂

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Here’s our group!

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Look at that… he even cared about me then… Haha! Look at me! Dead asleep on the way home in the Party Bus..!

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This picture was taken when Marco, Kaycee, James and I went to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. in Santa Monica. James and Marco were in the back of my car on the way home (imagine two boys in the back of a lime green VW Bug) dancing and singing to Kelly Clarkson. Haha! One of my favorite memories 😉

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Here is Marco, Kaycee and myself on graduation day! Class of ’09 baby!

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Marco & last summer in my friend Nat’s Jacuzzi

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Also last summer at our friend Kelsey’s Birthday. Woah that’s bright!

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This was right after I got baptized, July 2011

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Also after I got baptized! Gettin’ burritos at Freebirds!

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And one of my favorite pictures (haha!!!) an accidental photo taken last summer at Angela’s Birthday. Isn’t this the most wonderful? Pa haha! I couldn’t not put it up…

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This is at the same Birthday I mentioned above 🙂

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Driving to the fair in Marco’s car. He will forever have spots on his dashboard because I always keep my feet up. Oops!

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Driving in the FJ mobile 🙂

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Fair with Griffin and Toby when I was still Nannying Griff 🙂

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At our friend Kelsey’s house again. Perfect representation of us, haha!

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And at my 20th Birthday party 🙂

Okay, now back to the story, just a little bit. I’m going to make a long story short, because this is where it gets a little personal. After my Birthday, we didn’t talk that much for a while. After New Years Eve, we didn’t talk at all for 6 months.

These six months drove me innnnnnsane, and made me realize more than I could’ve ever imagined. Remember the beginning of this year when I moved out, moved back home, thought I was moving to San Diego, ended up staying home, switched my major from Nursing and decided to do Nutrition School, and so on? Yea, the craziest 6 months of my life. My friends and parents held my hand through this time, because I was a mess. If you guys remember, I wasn’t even really blogging.

I’ll share a little of the personal side on my end during this time. Every time I saw Marco’s car, heard his name, saw a picture of him, thought of memories, etc, I my heart died just a little. I talked to friends about the feelings I was having, my parents, my women’s counselor at Church, and so on… Some understood, some didn’t, but all I knew was that I missed him soo bad. I knew there was something more than just friendly feelings in my heart for the first time. I journaled time and time again about this, and I wrote Marco several emails but could never bring myself to send them because I was afraid. I read this to him later when we began talking again, and he really appreciated them. I couldn’t even read them without tears.

When we finally talked six months later, we were immediately joined at the hip, and there was nothing ever going to separate us again. I’ve never missed someone sooo deeply. Now since we started dating these have been the best days of our lives. Now we look at pictures and say “how did we not see it then?!” We’ve never been better, and we are both so happy. It seems like every day just keeps getting better. I feel blessed beyond belief!

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Here is us at a family BBQ shortly after we started talking again

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This is one Sunday after Church 🙂

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Another family get together

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A date night

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Spencer McKenzies for lunch with my family

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When we started running together

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And at my cousins Wedding

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And here, we have a cozy picture of us on a lazy Saturday morning when we stayed in our PJ’s and made vision boards 🙂

I’ve never felt like I do with Marco. He’s an absolute blessing to my life. Having a best friend as the person you love… nothing could be better. There isn’t a thing I’d change about him, and he’s the only guy in the world that can bug me and make me laugh at the same time 😉 In fact, he’s the only person in the world that makes me laugh as much as I do. There is so much to him that I wish I could share… so many incredible things… he has an amazing story, and has turned out to be the best man I’ve ever known.. I could go on for days.. He doesn’t just say he loves me, he shows it, and he shows me every single day.. He’s also the guy that everyone in my family, and everyone of my friends adores.. It doesn’t go un-noticed, I am a very lucky lady ♡

I can’t wait to add to this story 🙂

Love, Paige
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