February 12, 2010
The Story of How You and Me Became We
Well, I have to start with the first time Sean and I met because the date is so providential and shows how perfectly God works in our lives. He lets up know that He is the Divine Thread weaving our lives together, and we all aren't a bunch of random molecules floating around a randomly placed universe.
It was the summer of 1998. My best friend, Christie, invited me to her parents' annual 4th of July party. I went, and upon arriving, spotted this tall, handsome, blonde stud in the background. I was later introduced to him as Sean, Christie's cousin. Heelllloooo, Sean! :)
That afternoon and evening we talked and hit it off, but I didn't really think anything of it. He lived in Kansas and was just down for a few weeks of the summer visiting family. We were both about to be seniors in high school, a most exciting year ahead of us!
Nothing came of that night in particular, but it's so significant to me because exactly 8 years later, on the 4th of July, we gave birth to our first child, Hattie, who is such a perfect marriage in looks and character to the two of us. And I can't help but think about how clueless I was that day. I had no idea what God had in store for us, and how surely, He must have been smiling down on us that night as we literally and figuratively set off fireworks in Christie's front yard.
I didn't see or hear from Sean for another year and a half when he was somehow solicited to pick up Christie and me from a weekend baby-sitting job in another town and bring us back to school. We were finally all in the same area, attending our first year of college. I was so excited when I heard that he would be the one to pick us up! We rode to our college home in Sean's little red truck, with Christie between us, as we talked and got to know each other all over again. That encounter led to a first date inquiry, and with butterflies in my stomach I said YES!
Our first date was the best date I've ever had. Sean came from College Station to Brenham, where I was attending Blinn, to pick me up. We then drove to Lake Somerville and had an amazingly easy conversation by the water as the sun was setting. It was one of those conversations that just flows so perfectly. I felt like I had known him forever. It was warm and flirty. I thought he was so handsome and funny. Then we went to dinner at the best restaurant in town - Casa Ole! After dinner, we saw a bad movie. Then I gave him a tour around Blinn's campus, which was more like a high school than a college. It wasn't the best of dates when you consider what we did that evening; rather, it was the chemistry and the connection we shared that made it so divine. Neither one of us wanted the date to end. Eventually it did because all good things come to an end, but he didn't kiss me goodnight that night, and I was glad he didn't because I liked him way too much.
That night, I went up to my room and wrote in a journal I still have today. In it, I wrote, I hope I marry a guy like Sean some day when in my mind, what I was really thinking was, I hope I marry Sean some day. But I was too scared to put that on paper. I had fallen too hard, too fast; I had never ever felt like this before, and I had to protect myself from myself.
From there, we casually dated on and off for another year since we were living in separate towns, going to separate schools. Eventually, though, I moved to College Station to attend A&M, and we became a couple.
We had bumps in the road, for sure, because we were so young to be so certain of anything. But God always helped us find our way back to each other, and that familiar, warm feeling between us never left.
And what more can I say that won't sound cliche? I won't even try!
The rest is history.
We lived happily ever after.
All I know is that I have tasted love at first sight, and second sight, and going on the twelfth year of sight since I first laid eyes on my husband, and nothing has ever tasted so sweet on this earth as what we have together. No, not even a cupcake! :)
Happy Valentine's Day, honey!
Wisdom From the Pope
“The inalienable dignity of every human being and the rights which flow from that dignity - in the first place the right to life and the defense of life - are at the heart of the church's message." Pope John Paul ended his address, saying: "In spite of divisions among Christians, 'all those justified by faith through baptism are incorporated into Christ...brothers and sisters in the Lord.'" Pope John Paul 2