I can definitely say that for us it wasn't love at first sight. I can't really blame either of us for not noting at first glance the potential chemistry between us. I mean it was the first days of the 7th grade and at 12-13 years old neither of us were really in search of our soul mate in the hallway at school. Little did we know all that God had in store for us.
At first, he was the kid that had the locker next to my best friend at the time and all I thought about him was how funny it was to annoy him and make him late for class by blocking his locker. (Yah, I was that annoying in middle school.) The earliest interactions between us where just that, me annoying the crap out of him, and him pushing me out of his way. To me, he was the kid with the goofy cream backpack, and to him I was the annoying girl who thought she was way cooler than she was. (I totally did! Haha!!!) Not for one single moment did I think that he had any potential to be even a crush for me. I had my ideas of what I wanted and Scott didn't fit the bill in my mind. Again, little did I know.
Here we are in our awkward middle school years. Let's just be honest here guys, we know you all are jealous of my awesome hair do, especially the bangs! LOL!
So, let's fast forward two years to our Freshman year of high school. Nothing much had changed in the interactions between Scott and I. I was still the annoying girl, and he was still the kid with the cream back pack. (Come to think of it, I don't know why that was so weird to me!) Being that we attended a small private Christian school, we did see each other more often than not due to having a few classes together. About 1/2 way through our Freshman year we both had science class together. I can't remember much about that class, but what I do remember is the day that I was watching Scott and he was just minding his business talking with other kids in the class and something about him just struck me that day. For the very first time I think I saw him and not just what I thought he was, but really for the person he was. I just remember noticing his smile when he laughed and something just stuck out to me about him. For the first time I thought, "Wow, he is kind of cute." Of course the thought totally freaked me out, how could I think he was cute?! This was all just too weird! I started to notice him more and more, and started to crush on him a bit but still was weirded out by the whole thing.
For a whole year, I prayed about Scott and for Scott. I didn't know why I suddenly had this interest in him but I knew that God knew and whatever His purpose for Scott and I was, if there was any, that only He would be able to guide me in that. I just knew in my heart that something was very special about Scott. Boy, I didn't even have the slightest clue just how special he would be to me. Our Sophomore year of high school, we had computer class together, and began to chat with each other on instant messenger, the love notes of 2002! It was really the first time that we talked to each other, even in just a very general manner. After our first couple conversations we had began a friendship and then our talks became longer and longer. Anyone who knows my husband, knows just how remarkable this is because he is anything but chatty! Our conversations led to us sitting together at lunch, well more like he came to sit at my table of girls, which is a bold I like you move for any high school boy and from there our friendship grew into something more.
On December 11th, 2002 Scott asked me to be his girlfriend and we started on a God destined path that forever changed our lives. I never would have thought that day as we sat at the green lunch table in our cafeteria after school that we would be where we are today. At that moment, I was just so thrilled that he liked me and wanted me to be his girlfriend! We dated all throughout high school and I knew as each year passed that we had something really special. Something bigger than just "high school love".
After making it through the high school years together, we faced the biggest test in our relationship to date. I decided to go to college in Oklahoma, and Scott was staying behind to start community college. Yes, we had a long distance relationship for a solid two years. Some days were easier than other, but most of the time it was really hard to be away from my very best friend. If either of us had any doubt that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together, being away from each other for that amount of time eliminated every last worry that we had. I knew that if we could make it through that and still love each other, there wasn't anything in life that could keep us apart. You know someone truly loves you when they support your dreams and encourage you to follow them even if it means having to be apart for a few years. I knew then and there that I couldn't live my life without him in it.
On September 9th, 2007 we got engaged. I knew that it was coming since we were looking at houses together and seriously talking about marriage, but it was still a huge surprise. We were on a beach date at the lake and I drew a heart in the sand to be goofy and cheesy since we are so not the "romantic" type. He convinced me to take a picture of it and as I turned back after snapping the picture, there he was on one knee asking me to be his wife. It was truly the most breath taking moment of my life! I couldn't even catch my breath to answer him!
On June 13th, 2008 we said our "I Do's" and started our lives as husband and wife. It was by far the most beautiful day of my life! There is nothing that compares to getting the honor of marrying your best friend and God given soul mate.
Each day that has passed since we started our lives together have presented us with new challenges to overcome, but there is no one that I would rather choose to "do life with" then Scott. He is my best friend, supporter of my dreams, and the most amazing person I have had the privilege to know. I have loved being his wife even when he drives me crazy when the house gets messy, or we fight over something silly, I wouldn't trade one day of my life with him to be with anyone else. I know that we will have many new challenges to face as we start our lives as parents, but I am so excited to see what life throws our way. I say BRING IT ON!! There isn't anything we cannot do as long as we do it together.
In life, we may not have it all together, but I truly believe that together we have it all. <3