Dakota and I may be young, but we have been through more trials than most couples our age and persevered. When we met online and became long distance friends at 15 years old, we both knew we wanted something more out of it. By the time we were 16, we were officially dating, though it wasn't until 6 months after that until we were able to meet in person (I have included the video of the first time we saw each other in person, featuring my mother giving her commentary and his mother running from the camera in the background). Kota has been my best friend and my partner in everything. When you start a relationship as friends, particularly long distance friends, you get to know each other on such a personal level before anything else because all you have is communication and conversation. We bonded through music and poetry and our love for writing. We would have movie dates over Skype, and fall asleep while video chatting every night. After dating long distance for most of our early relationship, him moving to a different state to be with me— twice, and supporting each other through the tough things in life such as the death of his mother a couple months back and myself prepping mentally for a jaw correction surgery— he asked me to be his wife last month. And through the distance, death and challenges, we have always come out stronger in the end. Sometimes, you just know the person you're next to is the right one, and I have known since before I ever got to hold him in my arms.
We are twenty, almost twenty-one, have been together for over four years, and are ready to move forward with our life together. But to do this, we would appreciate a little help. While I am at college pursuing an english degree to help me in my hopeful career of being a successful author and working part time, along with working on writing my first novel and struggling to find writing jobs online to help pick up some slack— it has been extremely difficult to save any money. Between bills, keeping ourselves fed and feeding our four wonderful kitty babies, even with Dakota working overtime we still hardly are getting by. At this rate, we won't be able to afford a wedding any time soon, and by the time we might possibly have the money saved up, I'll be finishing school and we will be getting ready to move across the country, as well as starting payments on my school loans. Any little bit would be a tremendous help to start saving up so we can have a beautiful wedding.