It all started in Graduate school...
We met at our grad school orientation party. Like many other grad students who were meeting faces for
the first time, I was looking for genuine people to establish
friendships with. However, I had no idea that I was going to
meet my soul mate.
My new friend, Suzanne, and I walked out the door and saw Adam,
laughing and joking with an old friend, Arnab, who he happened
to know from TX. Suzanne and I walked up to them (we had been
sharing a bottle of wine that night) to see what was going
on. We easily fell into conversation and I knew right away
there was something special about Adam. He had this great
smile and was very social, funny, and interesting. We had
a few more conversations that evening and didn’t talk
until we saw each other in stats class. Our offices were in
the same building, so we ended up seeing each other pretty
frequently. We started hanging out outside of school to see
music, go hiking and camping, and to party. He became my best
friend. If I ever felt bad or just needed a hug, I could
always count on him. He was always there for me and it was
After a year of grad school, we decided to rent a place together.
We spent the following Christmas apart and when we came back
to Seattle, we realized that we both missed each other so
much. We officially became a couple in February 2005. The
first few months of our relationship were tough because Adam
had to complete his field work near Mt. Rainier, so we spent
most weeks apart. We graduated that June and I drove back
east with my family. Adam joined us later that summer, I bought
a car, we packed up most of my stuff, and drove cross-country
with our destination set back to Seattle. We just couldn’t
get enough of the Pacific Northwest!
We took a leisure 3-week trip, approximately 5,000 miles,
so we could sight-see and visit family and friends along the
way. We would have made it to New Orleans (my first time),
but unfortunately, Hurricane Katrina prohibited that trip.
We will make it there together eventually. We spent a week
and a half with Mom and Dad Mouton right outside Austin and
had a spectacular time. Then we drove due west to New Mexico
to see Carlsbad Caverns, White Sands, up to Utah to spend
some time in Zion, then Salt Lake, Idaho, into Oregon and
finally Washington. It was good to be back!
We lived with Julie's older sister and her family until
we found jobs and could afford a place of our own. Seven months later we got engaged. I took
her to Mt. Rainer for a few hikes to find the right place
to propose. I found a bridge that overlooked a waterfall and
setup the camera on remote to catch her in the moment. BHAM,
I did it and it felt good.
Not long after, we found a house together, moved in and the
story goes on.