Lawrence and I met at a mutual friend's birthday party. Though our story began the previous summer when our mutual friend, Richard, wanted to invite Lawrence to a party I was co-hosting in an attempt to set us up. Sadly, Lawrence couldn't make it to that party but he was at one in November '09, invited by Richard. At the November party, despite not hitting it off right away (he berated me for invading his personal space), we ended up staying up all night talking. That night, we both knew that we had found our perfect mate. Lawrence didn't even balk at my questions about what kind of wedding he wanted or what to name our kids. At the time, I was living in Portland and had come up to Tacoma special for the party. In our talking, Lawrence and I agreed we would try a long distance relationship because we thought it was worth it but when it was time for me to go back to Portland, I just couldn't. There wasn't anything in Portland for me except a one bedroom apartment (the guy I moved there for dumped me and I had yet to find a job). With the lease up on my apartment the next month, I didn't see the point. After getting my things, Lawrence and I were inseparable. Even in those first weeks, we talked about running off to the courthouse and getting married. A year and a half later, we are just as in love as we were in the beginning. Though the proposal wasn't extremely romantic (“We should really get you a ring” “Is this one ok?” “Yup”), both Lawrence and I are looking forward to our life together and I', really looking forward to our wedding!