So I’m getting married.  I know this is old news for some of you, but for those of you who haven’t heard, this is what happened:

About four weeks ago, some friends of mine who live down in Orange County invited me to meet up with them at Disneyland for the day, which I’m always glad to do.  So I went, expecting nothing out of the ordinary.  As soon as we got to the Park, one of them asked if we could go check out the Animation building in California Adventure.  I was happy to oblige.  That’s one of my favorite places.  Inside, there are these huge projector screens all along the walls in this big oval-shaped room.  The screens show concept art, storyboards, screenshots, and clips from various Disney movies, and as each movie is featured, the music from that film plays.  But as soon as we entered, I started to miss Stu (my boyfriend) like crazy.  He and I had come here together when he was helping me move to LA back in January.  We spent the whole day at Disneyland, and this is where we came when we got tired, to just sit and enjoy one another’s company and soak in the magical atmosphere.  But once that day was over, Stu had to go back home to Salt Lake City.  We had been continuing our relationship long-distance ever since.  

However, shortly after I entered the Animation building with my friends a few weeks ago, the giant screens on the walls filled with balloons and the music from Pixar’s Up started to play. That made me miss Stu even more… Suddenly, one of the cast members working there walked up to me and said, “Hey, do you like Up?  We have this for you,” and handed me this incredible replica of the Adventure Book from the movie.  It had a red ribbon pinned to it with the grape soda bottle-cap pin from the movie and written on the ribbon was my name.  Confused, I took the book, opened it, and started to read.  I realized almost immediately that it was from Stu and that he had in fact made this book himself.  It was filled with pictures and stories of all the “adventures” we have had throughout our relationship.  There was a section of things we have done as well as a section for “stuff we’re going to do.”  I was dumbfounded.  I was racking my brain trying to think of how on earth he had gotten this here.  I had talked to him just the night before and he had told me in detail about how he had to work late back in Salt Lake…

Near the end of the book, it read, “Of all the places I want to take you, there’s one that stands out…” followed by a picture of the Mormon Temple (where we had talked about getting married).  Then on the final page he had written, “So that leaves one question… So maybe you should turn around now.”  

My heart leapt and I spun around, hardly able to believe what was happening. And as I turned, the lights dimmed and the projected walls suddenly filled with the lanterns from Tangled.  ”I See the Light” began to play.  And there was Stu, right behind me, down on one knee with a ring box in his hands.  He asked me to marry him.  Needless to say, I said yes.  Applause broke out as Stu slipped the ring on my finger.  I had never felt so wonderfully surprised.  For the rest of the day, I felt like I was in a dream.  I just couldn’t believe he was actually there!

It turns out he had secretly flown into LA during the night and organized this whole scheme with my friends from Orange County.  It was absolutely the most incredible, perfectly-tailored-to-me proposal I ever could have asked for.  It was better than anything I could have imagined. 

I am so excited to marry this guy.  He is without a doubt the best man I have ever known and he is so perfect for me in ways I never thought I’d find.  Next weekend, he’ll be moving out here to LA so that we can finally be together permanently and I can continue to live my dream working for Disney.  The long-distance chapter of our relationship will finally be over, and we’ll never have to live apart again.


You guys have gotten me thinking a lot about life lately, and how quickly it can change. After I posted the story of Stu’s proposal to me, I received a lot of comments and messages about how “perfect” my life seems, many of you describing how you dream that you might one day find yourself in a similar situation to mine. I appreciate these comments immensely. They have helped remind me of just how blessed I am and have made me even more profoundly grateful for my relationship with Stu and my career at Disney. But I also worry that the very limited information I present online about my life may be misleading, and I just want you all to know that things have not always been so perfect and enchanting.

I made this comic just one year ago. Though not directly autobiographical (obviously, since I am not a guy…), it very accurately reflects where I was emotionally. Struggling to recover from the most devastating breakup of my life, I wondered then if I would ever find a truly good relationship. I started to doubt that the kind of guy I dreamed of marrying even existed. And I feared that I had been hurt too deeply to ever really open myself up to someone fully again.

Now, just a year later, I’m about to marry the most amazing man I have ever known, a man who has every characteristic I ever hoped to find, and who is perfect for me in ways I never even knew to look for. I’ve never loved anyone so deeply or felt so at home with another person. It really is a dream come true.

Now please don’t misunderstand my intent. I’m not sharing this to gloat. I’m sharing this story because I think it is important to remember that no one’s life is perfect, that everyone faces struggles you may not know about, and that life can change! Things can turn around more quickly and more completely than you ever thought possible! So if you’re feeling anything like I did a year ago, please just know that there is hope. No matter how dark and heavy and inescapable your current circumstances may seem, there is always hope for a brighter future. Your dreams CAN come true. You CAN find what you’ve always wanted. And it may come to you sooner than you think. You just have to have faith and press forward. Hold on to that hope. Never give up. And know that fairy-tail endings don’t always result from fairy-tale beginnings.

More Journey fan art

The first time my sister played this game, she encountered this majestic Gandalf-esque white-cloaked figure who led her through the whole game and showed her secret stuff and protected her from monsters.  Like a magical spirit guide.  It was AWESOME.  

Since then, we have figured out how to become the white-cloaked traveller and now we do the same to other players.  

…Also, I realized after the fact that this is staged exactly like a Pokemon battle… And now that’s all I can think about.


I just want to thank all of you for the overwhelmingly kind comments and well-wishes Stu and I have received in response to our proposal story. You guys are amazing.  I wish I could respond to each of you individually, but with the wedding approaching in just a few weeks, I just don’t have the time.  I will however try to answer as many of your questions as possible in the near future.

Several of you asked to see real photos of me and Stu, so here you are!  The top photo is from last weekend when Stu and I returned to the spot where we got engaged to celebrate his moving here and the end of the long-distance chapter of our relationship!  And the gifs are of course from our actual proposal.

Thanks again for being awesome, you guys.  I’ll get to the rest of your questions soon!



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(Please note that all originals are grayscale on white paper.  Variations in colors and values seen here are only due to Instagram filters.)