Friday, May 25, 2012

We've come a long way, baby

5 years ago, I said yes to my sweet man.  Yes, that I would walk this crazy walk with him.  Yes, that I would love him, unconditionally, even when it isn't always easy.  Yes, that I would be his partner for the rest of our lives.  And, I meant it, for the rest of our lives.  We're in this for the long haul. 

7 years ago, I met Jeremy.  We've laughed about our happenstance meeting for years and with many people.  The "how did ya'll meet seeing as he's from Ohio and you're from Florida?" question always gives us pause for thought.  Because, it was unconventional.  People just don't do what we did.  It's not normal.  And it's scary. 
When I first saw Jeremy across the room from me, talking with one of my best friends, something in me sparked, but something else told me to stay the heck away from him!  You see, we were both on a giant floating vessel docked at sea right outside of the Tampa harbor.  And we were going to be stuck together on this ship for the next 5 days together.  Well, the two of us and about 20 of our best friends (mine and his separately).
this large group of girls were quite a force to be reckoned with

We didn't hit it off immediately, like I said, something was telling me this guy was bad news (little did I know it was the whole he's from Ohio and if you hang out with him you will fall in love with him and forever change your life kind of thing), and he didn't get the best first impression of me either seeing as my two best friends decided to tell him that I'm not the friendliest person (which was quite true back then when it came to me and men).  I wasn't looking for anyone at that time in my life.  I had my friends, I had my future, and I was smack dab in the middle of the best time of my life.  I didn't need anyone. 

But, then, something happened.  Fate, I guess.

He stopped by our room with one of his friends the next afternoon and we all talked.  He was funny.  And sweet.  And humble.  And so very, very cute.  A true Midwestern gentleman (I didn't know they existed).   So, later that night, we talked more. 
And more and more.
And then we danced.
And then, late in the evening, he took his tie off and put it on me.  It was silly.  And it was after a few drinks.  But, I knew it was his shy way of saying, "I like you, let's stick together."
And we did.  The whole rest of the trip. 
I was still very aloof with him, but we always found our way to the dance floor together every night.  He danced with me and I loved every second of it.
When it was time to leave the boat, he asked for my phone number and, reluctantly, I gave it to him.  I thought it was crazy to keep in touch, but, I was glad he at least asked. 
I couldn't stop thinking about him.  Although I really tried to.
That night, he called.
And then, the next night, he called.  And the next, and the next.  He called me every night for two straight months. 
He sent roses and a witty poem.
And then, he came to visit me.

And he told me he loved me.

And then everything changed.  Later that summer he asked me to move across the country to live with him
In Ohio.
Crazy me, I said yes.

We've been through more than I would wish on my worst enemy: horrible jobs, depression, starting a business together, flipping houses, six different moves to three different states and empty bank accounts.

But, we've also traveled the world together, deepened our faith with God, filled up those bank accounts and acquired the cutest, smartest little toddler we've ever met.  It's been one hell of a ride.  And it's made us so much stronger. 

I had no idea what I was signing up for 5 years ago, much less 7 years ago.  But, we've done it all together.  And I love him so much more because of of it.  He's my number one fan, my biggest supporter, my shoulder to lean on, my open ear for listening, my rock.  I couldn't do my every day without him.

And, it's not over yet.  Here's hoping for 5x5x5 more years with the love of my life.

And this kind of love makes me feel ten feet tall
It makes all my problems fall
And this kind of trust helps me to hold the line
I'll be there every time

This kind of love it's what I dreamed about
 it fills me up
 it leaves no doubt
This kind of love it's why I'm standing here
It's something that we can share
I can't enough of this kind of love

This kind of hope is what I try to find
And now I can't deny I believe
And this kind of faith is so unshakable
It's unmistakable
It's bigger than me

Your love can move a mountain
It makes my world go round
It's always there to guide me
I'm so lucky that I found

This kind of love


  1. Wow 5 years! Pretty unbelievable! I remember that cruise like it was yesterday!!!! Congrats! Love you guys!!!
    Jen Keatinge :)

    1. Thanks, Jen! Yes, on certan days it feels like just yesterday.

  2. Made me tear up.... Happy anniversary you two.


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