Congratulations to Kim Dillon and Josh Dollar!
Where: Dreams Riviera Cancun, Mexico
When: June 1st, 2013
View Kim and Josh’s Registry here.
Josh’s letter to Q100:
“I would like to explain to you why getting this ring would mean so much to me. Four years ago I met my wonderful girlfriend, and she has changed my life for the better. It was the eve of president’s day and we were both out at a redneck bar (Kennesaw Billiard’s) shooting pool with friends. She walks up to me after having a few jager bombs and says hey you get up and dance with me. I was a little hesitant at first since I was sober and we would be the only ones in the bar dancing. I figured why not since she was really hot. The rest of the night we ended up dancing and getting to know one another.
We were both in the mortgage industry, and worked long hours. She was a single mom that had been raising a wonderful child on her own for the past ten years. I was a 25 year old young professional that was looking to have fun and no serious relationship. This would all change for me in the next 4 years.
After that night Kim and I did not talk for about a month until she tracked me down at my job. Once again I was a little caught off guard because this beautiful woman was perusing me. We eventually started dating and spending all our time together. After a few months her son and I grew very fond of each other. He was looking for a good male role model in his life, and I did my best with what little knowledge I had of parenting. When I first met him he was a Tennessee fan and I am now proud to say he is Georgia Bulldog all the way.
I myself had a lot of changing to do to become the man Kim wanted and deserved. As Kim likes to say “I was a diamond in the ruff”. I personally went from living the bachelor life of never checking in, never planning ahead, and doing what I wanted when I wanted to someone that double checks with my girlfriend before going out with the guys, planning ahead for birthdays and holidays, and being concerned about my credit and financial future. This change did not happen overnight, it took a lot of hard work from the both of us to help me become the better man I am today. I still have some growing and maturing to do, but I am a total different person then when Kim and I first met.
After being with her for 3 years and realizing that most of our friends are married I was now ready to pull the trigger on asking Kim to marry me. The only problem at this point was that I work in the mortgage industry and it had started coming apart at the seams. As you probably already know banks went from approving anybody with a heartbeat to only approving the very best credit worthy people. This caused me and everybody else in the mortgage industry to go through a major learning curve. While most mortgage companies were going out of business I have decided to stick it out. My income has been cut in half, and I have gone from having a lot of disposable income to being happy to cover my bills. Also during this time Kim has gone through 1 job change and 2 layoffs so all of my savings have been depleted through these tough times.
I really love Kim a lot, and know it is time to ask her to be my wife. Also Caleb our son is now 14 and he deserves to be around two people that are married so he does not grow up with a distorted view of marriage, and relationships. Although my emotions are telling me to go finance the ring, my brain is saying no because I should not over extend myself in these unsettling financial times. Tracey by getting this ring I will be able to ask a wonderful woman to be my wife and also give Caleb a true family to be raised and nurtured in.”