Today is our 8 year anniversary. So I thought I would share with you a fun little story. This is the story of how my husband and I met, dated, and say I do!
A few days after high school graduation, circa 2005, I got a phone call from a very old friend out of the blue. He said he had a friend that I may like to meet, and that I had many things in common with.The phone number to this person sat on my night stand for weeks until I got up the courage to call. We decided to meet up somewhere in the town I lived in, just to see how things went. After meeting, we drove around for hours that day just talking and talking. He was leaving for the Marine Corps in a week, so I really thought nothing would come of it. We said goodbye and that was it.
Fast forward four months later, I sat at my desk cramming for my first college chemistry test and my phone rings. I didn’t recognize the number, so I picked up. It was him! He said he just got out of boot camp, was in Texas for a few weeks, and he was thinking about me. I was shocked! I couldn’t believe he remembered me, let alone was thinking of me! As much as we tried, we weren’t able to meet up again. He headed to Florida to his next duty station 900 miles away. Deep down, I figured a good looking marine wouldn’t want a long distance relationship, so I kept a nonchalant attitude. We continued to text and talk especially on the weekends. It was amazing how long we could talk on the phone…6 hours was not unusual for us. We had so much in common and never ran out of conversation.
Christmas vacation finally came around and my first semester of college came to a close. He told me he was coming to Texas for just a few days to buy a truck, say hi to his family, and maybe we could finally meet up again. So, a few days after Christmas we finally went on our first date! Dinner and a movie.
Although we only got to spend one day together, I knew we would always be together. He knew the same. He headed back to Florida and our long distance relationship began. The next few months I spent with my phone attached to my ear. We did everything together on the phone. Watched movies, talked all night, etc. I flew to see him over spring break 2006, then again in the summer of 2006.
His next duty station was Mississippi which was closer, but still too far away. I flew to see him again in September 2006 and he asked me to marry him, I said YES!! In 2007, he went to his permanent duty station at Camp Pendleton. On July 16, 2007, we said I do!
Shortly after we got married, I packed up my stuff and made the 22 hour drive to move to California. My husband and I were very young when we got married, but it has been the best decision I have ever made!
Many people were worried about him marrying me with my health problems, but little did we know only a year into marriage, he would become incredibly ill. At 21, I found myself caring for a very sick husband for many years. I am so grateful the Lord blessed us with such a strong marriage, we made it through some difficult times, and now eight years later, I can’t imagine life without him!
“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32
We don’t usually do gifts for our anniversary, but try to experience something instead. This year we had our staycation and it was one of our favorite things yet!