Saturday, November 28, 2009

Question #2-How I met your mother...er my husband

Asked by Barbaloot (Whom I met at a fun bloggy lunch and knew I would love her blog! Plus she's got great taste in movies.)

Question #2:
Maybe you've shared it and I just haven't seen it...but I wanna know about you and your husband. How you managed to date in high school, wait for him, and then get married:)
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So hubby and I met many moons ago. I was 16 and he was 18 and we were both attending a week-long LDS youth camp thing called Especially For Youth (EFY) in the summer of 1998.

We lived far away from each other (180 miles approx 3 hrs) so when we returned home it was a bit difficult to hang out so we settled on emailing. Later that year he was traveling down to my city with his buddy and asked me out on a date. In December he came over and we went out on our first official date, where he not only asked me to be his girlfriend, but asked permission to kiss me, which I excitedly allowed (yes on our first date).

(I made him take <----- this picture a few months before he left on his mission. It's ok, we laugh at it now too.) So as you can imagine, as two young teenagers it was a bit tricky to work out the traveling arrangements. Looking back on it now I still can't believe how cool our parents were about the whole thing (letting us drive so far so often-esp considering I didn't have my own car). We'd see each other every other weekend or so while we finished out the school year and a bit more often over the summer before he left on his mission. (We got to go to a bunch of dances together but these are my fav two pictures.)

He left on his mission a few weeks after this picture was taken (my senior year Homecoming). I'd spend many a school hour writing him letters which meant he got ALOT of mail. Luckily my parents had plenty of stamps around. It was pretty fun hearing about his mission and he'd send me pictures and I did the classic thing: made him a missionary scrapbook. (What's really neat is now when he shares stories or talks about them I know who they are or remember stories myself.)

So off to college I went, and many transfers and letters later he returned home the beginning of my Sophomore year in college. We dated for a bit and later he surprised me with a visit that Halloween (2001) when he came down to visit me at school. We went for a walk and he popped the question with my dream ring! (It felt like I waited eternity to hear that question come out of his mouth but again, looking back on it now I can't believe how fast it all happened. Well at least from the standpoint of when he got home. :-P )

We were married in January 2002 (yes just 10 weeks later) and had a perfect wedding day (which if you want more details we had lunch at Wendys).

I think I covered it all. What do you think? Any more details?


**Want to play along? Do you have any questions for me? Go ahead and ask!

9 comments:

Kristina P. said...

What a great story! I love that you were high school sweethearts.

Rochelle said...

that is such a great story. I seem to remember him sending you flowers from his mission on your birthday or valentines day.....I don't remember for sure, maybe I made that up.

Barbaloot said...

You met at EFY? That's awesome. I didn't realize you lived far away-I thought you had gone to high school together. THanks for sharing:)

Jenni Elyse said...

I love T's tux and your wedding dress. They go so well together!

Olivia Carter said...

Oh gosh! What a great story! I meant a boy at EFY that I almost married. Wild what that EFY does to bond you to someone, eh?

great story & fun pics!

The Head Eagle said...

Sounds like, considering all the distance and time you two were truly meant to be!! Love it!

Brodi Ashton said...

You're lucky. I think of the boys I met at EFY... Hmmm. Definitely leaves something to be desired.

Kayla said...

I love your story! It takes a special kind of person to marry their high school sweetheart... I think of mine and my gag reflex starts to act up!
(Plus, it's a really, really good thing that I didn't know Brice in high school. He went through a wannabe cowboy phase with the ugly shirts, tight pants, Stetson cologne, etc... I still laugh every time I think about him like that!)

Greg and Kimberly ... said...

Still love hearing that story.

Hmmm...you have such a good memory, let's see if I can stump you. What did you wear on your first date?