Friday, April 23, 2010

Show Us Your Life

So I'm participating in Kelly's Show Us Your Life Friday. And today it's How You Met Your Husband. 

Anyone who has known us for a while probably knows this story and usually gets a good laugh from it.  It's pretty involved. ha!

Once upon a time, way back in 1985, I was going on my first beach trip with my youth group.  Every year they went to Garden City, SC to the retreat center there.  And every year our youth group met another youth group from Asheville there.  Our pastors were friends and somebody had the idea to join our groups together for a trip and there ya go.  That year was like the 12th or 13th year for the trip.

And THAT year I met Daniel, who was in the Asheville youth group.  I definitely remember him that first year.  Not sure he remembers me though.  Honestly he was just a goofy almost 9th grader hanging out with his friends.  I was a shy almost 7th grader who was just trying to figure out this whole youth group thing.

So years go by and every summer we see the same kids who live 1 1/2 hrs away from us.  Friendships develop. During the school year, we would write letters (real, actual letters!) and keep up a little that way. 

Then yada yada yada, Daniel and I start liking each other just before my senior year in high school.  (yes, I just yada yada yada-ed my whole middle and high school years!)  We started dating at the beach that year.

Here we are!


This was my senior year and Daniel was in his sophomore yr of college.  3 1/2 hours away.  And my parents, in their infinite wisdom, would not let me go visit him.  So he came to visit me a few weekends a month. 

And then somebody (ok, me) broke up with him in December of that year.  On a Saturday night. While he was at my house.  For the weekend.  How horrible is that?!

Years go by. Ok, about 6 actually.  I'm out of college, working nights as a nurse and living at home.  We re-connect and date for a few months.  This time he breaks up with me.  At HIS parents' house.  The night before we are to go to a wedding.  Together.  Oh yeah.  Fun times.  And some (not me!) might say, pay back. 

More years go by.  Really, 3.  I'm working nights still, just bought a townhouse, loving life.  Enter into the picture again, Daniel.  Meets me in the parking lot before work and basically tells me I'm the one for him.  I'm pretty sure I just let him talk and then told him I was finally loving my life and who did he think he was to come in and throw this at me. I'm sure I was a joy to behold and why in the world didn't he high-tail it out of there?  Well, thank goodness he didn't!

After a good talking-to from our friend Ashleigh, he backed off and gave me some time.  A few phone calls over the next few months and I was ready to date him again.

So get this:  First date (again) in July 1998, engaged in September (in Garden City), married in May 1999.  What can I say?  When you know (FINALLY KNOW!), you know.

And of course, everybody in our lives, including our parents said, "It's about time you two figured out what we've known for years!" 

So here I sit, 11 years later, homeschooling our 2 children and totally loving re-telling our story.  I love our special story and the way God kept bringing us back together.


And today:

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Deidre said...

Awwww .. that is so sweet. It's all about the timing, isn't it? Y'all are so cute! We need to get our 2 State guys together :)

Heather said...

How cool that after all that...ya'll were meant to be together!!! Isn't it crazy how God works sometimes?!?!?

Traci said...

wow, don't know if i've ever seen daniel with hair... sweet story!

Melissa Stover said...

what a great story!

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

Very sweet, Jen.

Your story also scares me a little. Because I have jr high kids and they're about the age you were when you and Daniel met. I'm NOT ready to think about marriage just yet--ha!

Seriously, we were at a choir concert a couple of months ago and I was looking at all the awkwardness that was in the room (6th/7th/8th graders) and realized that my kids' future spouses could potentially be in that room. My prayer life has stepped up a bit since then. YIKES!

Monica said...

Jennifer, I love that story...amazing!

Erica said...

thanks for stopping by my blog!

what a great story! it's amazing how God's hand was on your relationship through all of those years! what a beautiful family you have been blessed with now :)

Anonymous said...

OK, I was at your wedding. Knew Daniel for a few years before then. And I had NO idea this was your story! Love it.

Faith said...

Such a great love story that was definitely God ordained! So thankful for you both and your marriage. Love you guys!!

Amber Benge said...

I love your story! :)

Monica Reid said...

I loved reading the story of you two, that is amazing!