Mr. Dove and I had been together for what seems like forever before he proposed. We moved in together after a year together, and lived together happily for over two years before I started getting antsy. Friends from high school were getting married, friends from college who had been together less time than us were getting engaged, and I just wanted to stop “playing house.” I had no issues being a house girlfriend, but I really wanted to be a housewife. I was sick of people looking down on our relationship because of our titles.
Our anniversary through the years: