I’m hooking up with Leah at The Crew Blog to share our love story! I’ve posted this once before but it’s always fun to share again! So here we go!
My friend Sandy and I met in 7th grade and have been friends since. We lived together our freshman year of college, have traveled together, and I’m grateful she is still in my life to this day. In 2005, my last semester of college, she started hanging out with (her now husband) Adam and his roommate, Zach. One night they were going to dinner and Sandy invited me and our friend Natalie along. We met for the first time in March of 2005. It was NOT love at first sight, or even second, third, etc. Not that we had anything against each other, but as we all began to hang out over the next couple of months, Zach and I did not seem to get along very well at all. We seemed to form a group those last few months I was in college, going to baseball games, having dinner, game nights, etc. When we’d be around each other, Zach and I always seemed to be arguing about something. When we would all hang out, we would pick at each other. I will honestly say that never once did it cross my mind at that point that we would ever be anything more than two people whose paths crossed for a brief period of time that year. I think it would also be fair to say that neither one of us probably really even liked the other as a person. ha!
After graduating, I got a job and moved about an hour away. Over the summer one night, I was bored and decided to log on to AIM (remember that?!). Zach was at home for the summer and happened to be online and he IM’ed me. I thought it was a little weird just considering our past, but we chatted that night. We chatted off on every once in a while that summer but it was just mostly small talk. During this time, I had been talking with another guy and thought things were moving toward something but they just never really materialized. The guy ended up being a jerk and I was way better off, even though I was hurt by it all. By the end of summer, Zach and I were talking a little more but it was still fairly innocent. There was a little flirting going on but nothing much. I mentioned to Sandy at one point that I wondered if he liked me. She did a little digging and found out that he was interested in me. I was slightly hesitant just because of what I’d just gone through but thankfully kept an open mind.
During that fall, I started a managerial MBA program at the U of A where we had class one Saturday a month and assignments in between. On the first Saturday class, I headed up the night before to stay at Sandy’s so we didn’t have to get up so early. At this point I knew Zach liked me (though he hadn’t openly admitted it or asked me out), but I wasn’t sure how I felt since we hadn’t gotten along so well earlier in the year. We all planned on having dinner and as it turned out, that afternoon, Zach just randomly lost his voice. He seriously couldn’t talk! Kinda funny! :)
After that night, he and I started talking more and we made plans for a weekend where Zach, Adam and Sandy all came down to my house for the weekend. We hung out with everyone for the early part of the evening, and after the others left and went to bed, Zach and I stayed up ALL night talking. Seriously. All night. We sat out on the deck and watched the sun rise. And even though I wouldn’t give in or admit it for a while after that, I knew we were going to be together from that point on.
Six months to that day later that we stayed up all night talking, he proposed. Before arriving at my house to pick me up, he stopped at my parent’s house and asked my parents’ blessing. We went to a nice dinner and while we were gone, he enlisted the help of my best friend to decorate my house. There were roses scattered all over, candlelight, other various wedding themed decorations and letters that spelled my new initials. We got back to the house and he proposed. It was perfect and beautiful and one of the happiest nights of my life! We lived an hour apart the entire time we dated and were engaged. We didn't live in the same city while we were together until we got married!
We got married 8 months later and I’m so grateful for this man that the Lord made for me. I feel so blessed to be walking through this life with Zach. He’s an amazing husband, a wonderful father, and my best friend and strongest ally. I think our story can be one of encouragement for those still waiting because you never know who you’ve met in your past that could become part of your future! I’d never have guessed in a million years when we first met that Zach and I would end up together.
Happy Valentine’s Day, Zach. Words can’t express the love I have for you! Thank you for making my life a million times happier!! Love you always!
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