October 1, 2007.
It was a Monday. I was sitting in the house my hubs (then Fiancé) shared with his 2 friends waiting for him to get home. He was at work. We were chatting, probably on skype or MSN Messenger (remember that?!)
I had flown to Missouri to go with his family on a weekend vacation to Branson. I met his Ree & Pa, spent time with his family, and was scheduled to fly home to Florida that Tuesday. We had been engaged a little less than 2 months and were knee deep in planning a wedding for December 29th. We didn’t know when we’d be able to see each other again after this trip. Heck, we really didn’t even know how the logisitcs of me moving to Missouri after the wedding would work out.
That Monday morning as we typed back and forth, me sitting on his couch “borrowing” wifi from his neighbor “Steve”…. We decided we couldn’t say goodbye again. With his job at a ministry we couldn’t live together without being married so if I was going to stay we would have to get married right away. So that’s what we did. With a handful of friends and a guy we found online we met at the St Peters Rec Plex and got married. We had no real rings, I used my engagement ring and he used my Honor Ring. We had no fancy dresses or tuxes (though he did wear a button up shirt at the request of his bestie). We had nothing, but we had everything.
I had no idea what marriage was going to be like. Heck, I had hardly any idea what “real life” was like. Looking back we really grew up together. We have been through so much in the last 7 years. Lots of travel, jobs, buying a house, starting businesses, selling businesses, and our most amazing accomplishment… Creating a Family.
I’m blessed beyond measure to share life with my best friend. Seven years feels like forever and just a moment all at the same time. People often ask if we regret eloping… Nope. Not for a second. Our wedding cost $140 and is still one of our best memories. I’m sure people thought I was knocked up (NOPE) and that we wouldn’t make it (I’d say we are doing good so far…) but we are proof that when you know, you know.
Happy Anniversary, Babe. Thanks for the best seven years. Let’s make the next seven even better!
Several years ago I wrote out the story of how we met, fell in love, and got married. Check it out if you want to know more of our story.
The Story of Us – Part 1
The Story of Us – Part 2
The Story of Us – Part 3
The Story of Us – Part 4
The Story of Us – Part 5
The Story of Us – Finale (The “Wedding” Post)
Tell me something unique about your love story!