Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Our Love Story


With Valentine's Day on the horizon, I decided to participate in a blog hop by the Talk Tuesday hosts!  I found out about this fun blog hop from Beth over at Our Pretty Little Girls and I'm really excited to be participating!

Our Pretty Little Girls


Our story starts back in July of 2000 in Saint Louis, Missouri.  We were both attending a church conference and I was volunteering at a room my husband (David) was making a presentation in.  My job was to stand at the door and greet people as well as make sure the doors were closed at the start of each session and that no one interrupted when the sessions began.  David showed up a few hours early to get acclimated with the venue and we struck up a conversation.  I was pretty impressed by him and enjoyed the time we got to spend in those few hours chatting.

After we parted ways that day, I decided to look him up stalk him on his University's website.  I was able to track down his email address and struck up a conversation via email.  We remained pen pals via email for several years until I had a job interview on the east coast.  He was only about 5 hours away from where I would be.  So I invited him to meet me there so that he could be some moral support as well as a traveling companion for the moments I didn't have anyone to hang out with.  He showed up and, as it turns out, they really didn't have much scheduled for me in the way of the interviews.  So, most of the time I spent with David checking out the local flare.  It was during this trip I began to feel like he was the one God had for me to marry.  This made parting ways that weekend extremely sad!

A few months later, I decided to hop on a plane to go visit him on New Years weekend.  This was another extraordinary time together and it deepened my feelings for him that much more.  However, a relationship still did not develop and I returned home not really knowing where we stood or even how he felt about me.

On my first visit to WV
We spent several years after that really just missing each other.  When the time was right for me, it wasn't for him.  When the time was right for him, it wasn't for me.  Though, in my heart, I still felt like this relationship was going to be a much more significant part of my future.  Then one day while we were chatting on the phone, I just decided to go for it.   I basically told him I had feelings for him and asked if he reciprocated.  To my dismay, his response was somewhere along the lines of, "I can't say that I feel the same way."  I was crushed, but decided instead of letting him sense my heartbreak, I would be upbeat and positive.  After we got off the phone I felt so defeated.  I wondered if I had come to miss what I felt God was telling me.

That same day, David called me back again and basically told me that he was wrong; that he actually did have feelings for me.  Until that point, he struggled with whether or not he was truly deserving of love or if he was ready for all that a romantic relationship would entail.  We decided from that point, we would explore the possibility.  Then, in the fall of 2012, my job evolved into a remote position.  So, I asked my boss if I would be able to move to a different state to continue working from home.  He agreed to let me do so and so I packed up my little car with whatever would fit, put the rest in storage, and drove from Missouri to West Virginia.  Sure, it seems like a bold move for a single girl (and one most of us might advise another single girl not to do), but in my spirit, I felt it was right.

The day I moved to WV
And it was.  On New Years Eve 2012 at 11:59 p.m., he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife.  On New Years Day 2013 at 12:01 a.m., I said "yes."  Before that, he had made me a romantic dinner and took me out to a local musical performance and then we came back home to exchange Christmas gifts (since we spent Christmas with our respective families) and watch the ball drop.  My second to last gift was one of his old college sweatshirts (I liked stealing his clothes).  I was so touched, I cried at that sweet sweatshirt!  Then the last gift came.  It was a card in which he wrote his proposal and, when I looked up, he was down on one knee with ring in hand!  At that point, I couldn't believe I'd cried at a sweatshirt!  Then I cried some more at a ring that would change my life forever.

The night of our engagement.  He had rented a room and filled it with hundreds of pictures, cards, and memories from our 12 years of friendship.  We spent the evening looking through them all and taking a walk down memory lane.
Then on May 24th, 2014, I became a wife.  We married in a historic church in West Virginia with our family and close friends present and honeymooned in the Bahamas for a week afterwards!  A few months later, we felt led to move to Tennessee.  We now reside in Good Ol' Rocky Top.  As painful as it was to wait nearly 12 years to be with the man I felt God had for me, from here to eternity is that much sweeter.  I love my husband and it is so evident everyday that God truly made us for each other.  He is a good man who loves God and is so loyal and committed to our marriage.  He's the most intelligent, thoughtful, handsome man I know and I couldn't imagine our story being any more perfect that this.







16 comments :

  1. I love hearing people's love stories. Thanks for sharing yours!

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    1. Me too! I love this linkup for that reason! Thanks for reading ours!

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  2. WOW you guys have been together a long time! You were a beautiful bride!!

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    1. Aw, thank you! Sometimes if people see us holding hands or hugging, they chalk it up to, "Ah! They're just newlyweds!" In our minds we're just thinking, "It took us 12 years to do this! We're going to take advantage of every opportunity now!" Ha!

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    1. Aw! That's awesome! Honestly, I thought it was the best way too end and start both years at once. Plus, now NYE means so much more now in my opinion! :)

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  4. Sounds like he was worth the wait! Thanks for joining us on Tuesday Talk today.

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    1. Most definitely! This was a great link up!

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  5. What a great love story- and worth the wait! Glad you were able to share your story here- and I love seeing pictures from dating days up through the wedding! Thanks for sharing on Tuesday Talk with us!

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    1. LOVED this link up! It's been so fun reading everyone's story. It's evident that everyone has such a different experience and they are all so beautiful and touching in their own unique ways!

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  6. You are one patient lady! But I can see such a joy in your eyes in your pics that I know it was all worth it! How blessed you are. Thanks for sharing your love story with us ladies hosting Tuesday Talk! I absolutely loved your story! -Jessica, Sweet Little Ones
    P.S. We got engaged on New Years Day! :)

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    1. He was certainly worth the wait! I definitely loved this link up! We may have to start an exclusive club of New Years Engagements!

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  7. I've been waiting YEARS for this story, thanks for sharing :)! I remember when you moved to W.V.

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    1. You have, haven't you?! Glad I could finally reveal the whole story! :)

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  8. Oh how I adore this story. It does sound meant to be!

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    1. I love it too! I couldn't imagine my life with anyone else!

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