May 12, 2007
When Josclyn was 11 months old, she and her parents traveled to Iowa to visit her Mom’s college friend, who had an adorable, 2 year-old boy named Paul. It must have been toddler love at first sight, because this Iowa boy couldn’t wait to visit this California girl the next summer. While the two played in the sand during a trip to the beach, Paul whispered something to Josclyn. They jumped up, grabbed each other’s hands and walked to the water’s edge, gazing out at the ocean together. Josclyn moved to Charlotte when she was 4 years old, and she and Paul would see each other occasionally whenever their families got together. The summer before Josclyn’s senior year of high school, Paul and a friend came to North Carolina to work a summer job. The boys would visit her family for a home-cooked meal and a place to wash their clothes. There wasn’t any hand-holding that summer, but there were many competitive tennis matches and long nights talking. The next year, Paul began college at Iowa State, and he and Josclyn emailed constantly. Paul got an internship in Charlotte the next two summers and happily stayed with Josclyn’s family. The following Valentine’s Day, Josclyn’s mom sent her the picture of she and Paul on the beach as toddlers, and it instantly became Josclyn’s desktop background image. They never went longer than two months without seeing each other, sometimes making surprise visits with the help of their friends and family. Even during Josclyn’s semester abroad in France, Paul got his passport and flew to Paris to be with her for Thanksgiving Break. The final summer before Paul went to grad school, he wanted to spend time with his family on their farm, so Josclyn found an engineering internship in Iowa and stayed with his family that summer. She and her mom drove to Iowa with her dad, sister and brother flying there the next day. Paul was so anxious to ask Josclyn’s dad for his permission to marry her that he waited only minutes after her dad’s arrival. Almost immediately after, Paul whisked Josclyn off on a beautiful Iowa summer evening to his favorite park. Again, looking out over the water, he got down on his knee and asked her to be his wife. The five siblings started screaming and hugging when they saw her wearing the gorgeous ring, which was a resetting of Paul’s great grandmother’s wedding ring. When everyone settled down, Josclyn’s little brother said, “What’s all the excitement about? They aren’t married yet!”
On July 26, 2008, Josclyn and Paul were married, holding hands looking out over the water.