So, our first date…. On our first date, Justin picked me up at my dorm, and we went to dinner at my cousin’s, and then to a movie. We saw ‘The Exorcism of Emily Rose’. It was pretty scary. The date went really well, but about half way through the movie, I looked over and noticed that Justin had fallen asleep. Yes! He was asleep on out first date! I don’t how someone falls asleep during that movie, but he did. When most people hear that, they can’t believe that I ever agreed to see him again, but I did. We just had such a connection, I could only forgive him. And I did find out that he has this problem often…and still does. If the man gets still for a few minutes…he is out. Anyhow, we spent the next few hours talking and getting to know each other. From that day on, we were inseparable. We drove between Monroe and Ruston at least 3-4 days a week to see each other and spend time together, and we planned out which weekends we would go home and which we weren’t. Whether we home for the weekend or at school, we still made time together. We did everything together! It didn’t take us long to realize that we were meant to be together.
My love for that man has never changed. Our love is just as strong now (if not stronger now) as it was back then. I have been truly blessed!
Since today is Valentine’s Day (Happy Valentine’s Day!), I wanted to share a little bit of our story with you and tell you about how my husband and I found love.
It all started in 2005. Scratch that! It actually started long before that. My husband, Justin, was best friends with my cousin from a very young age. All during high school every time Justin would go over to my cousin, Brandon’s house, he would ask about me when seeing my photo on their fridge. Each time my cousin would tell him to forget about it because I was dating someone else. (Keep in mind everything I am telling you I did not know until after we began dating.) For my 16th birthday, my best friend and I had a joint party at a place near my house. Brandon had actually invited Justin to go to my party with him, but Justin had to help his dad with yard work. Well, turns out Justin lived right across the street from where the party was held, which was also about 1 mile from my house. I had to pass his house every single day going into town for work, and coming home. (Not to mention the fact that Justin worked at the feed store where my dad bought his dog food and supplies, so he talked to Justin all the time.) Brandon also dated my best friend, Bridgette, who had met Justin before because Brandon and Justin were inseparable. The summer after my senior year of high school I had plans to go to dinner and a movie with a guy I was talking with and Brandon. Brandon picked me up, but the other guy couldn’t go because his truck wouldn’t start. So, Brandon asked if he could invite Justin to go when we passed him on the highway. I said sure! Justin had just gotten home from working out and said he would meet us at the restaurant. That is how I first met my wonderful husband! It took long enough, huh.
After that night I never heard from Justin, or really thought a whole lot about him. In August of 2005, I headed off to Monroe, La for college at ULM. Brandon went to school there and lived with a couple of friends. My BFF Bridgette was also going to ULM with me. One afternoon I was at Brandon’s apartment. He had to go to class, so I was with our friends/his roommates when Justin IM’ed Brandon. My friend heard the ‘bing’, and saw it was Justin. They decided they didn’t really know Justin well enough to talk to him, and told me to talk to him and tell him Brandon was in class. So…I did. We also talked about a lot of other stuff, like how I liked school, and how he was home having just had his wisdom teeth out, etc. That started it all. Not long after he began IM’ing me everyday, and then asked me out on our first date, which I will tell you about another day.
I’d say it is pretty obvious that God knew what he was doing LONG before anyone else ever had a clue!