Eli By Eli • February 14, 2018

Spinning into Love

We love love stories, especially ones whose Happily Ever Afters started here at the carousel. Last week, we celebrated The Month of Love with our #14DaysofLove campaign which encouraged our followers to share the people and things that they have heart-eyes for. One such story caught our attention...the beautiful love story of Jasmine and Phil.

Here it is from Jasmine.

I’ve lived in the Woodhaven area for about 12 years and have always loved spending time in Forest Park! Whether it be just strolling through the trails, catching a show or movie at the band-shell, having a BBQ in the picnic area or enjoying the carousel, especially with my son!

I had my son at 21 and things were very rough between my son’s father and I. I gave up on us and just decided to focus solely on my son and being all I could be for him. Soon after I joined a local church and eventually met a young man named, Philip. We quickly became close friends and about three months into our courtship, I decided it would be a good time for Phil and my son to finally meet. The Forest Park Carousel was the second play date where my son and Phil had spent time together.
I remember the two of them sitting on the bench in the carousel and just watching my then 2 year old laughing with him. I remember feeling so happy and secretly hoping it would actually last. Since then, we have spent many more countless times at the carousel together. Phil and I have now been together for 5 years and he actually recently proposed to me on 12/31/17 New Years Eve! I said yes, of course, and couldn’t think of any better location to announce our upcoming nuptials! This man understood my past, saw my little man and decided to love on him as his own. I couldn’t have asked for a greater blessing and I’m so excited for our future!
Thank you for letting me share my story and I look forward to our upcoming scheduled photo shoot at the carousel!
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