Anywho, 14 years ago today I became Mrs. Man and they've been 14 good, good years. What's that? You want to hear the story of how this all came about? Well pull up a chair, getcha some tea, and here we go!
Our story begins way back in June of 1995. I had just graduated high school and my dad decided for me that I needed to get a job........as in he came in the living room one morning and said GET A JOB......TODAY! LOL! So I waltzed into the IGA store an unemployed high school graduate, fresh faced and eager, and waltzed out an 18 year old with a full time job, complete with benefits! Have you figured out yet that God had a hand in this from the beginning?
The Man came to work the next day and told me he moved out of his house and would I go out with him on January 30 (my 19th birthday). I said yes.
January 25, 1996 The Man asked me if I would like to spend our day off together and go visit his grandparents. I said sure, at this time still thinking this is just a casual date. We spent the day together and had our first kiss on the way home that afternoon. That evening when he took me home he told me he loved me. I said.......excuse me? He said he loved me and I told him he was 7 kinds of crazy. He said.....no I'm not, I love you. I thought he was nuttier than a pet coon! Good gracious, who says I love you before you've ever even had a real date?? I also thought he only wanted in my pants and I told him so. He said.........no, I love you. I said.......What if I don't say it back? He said........That's ok, I'll wait till you do.
I fell in love with that crazy 23 year old boy right then and there. I loved him because he loved me first and that is a beautiful thing.
January 30, 1996 I had to work in the morning and got a dozen roses delivered to the deli that morning. After I got off work, I went home, cleaned up, packed a bag and informed my mama that I wasn't coming home. She was so wonderful about it. She said to me, I knew when it happened for you it was gonna happen fast and I'm so happy for you. The Man picked me up, we had a flat tire, went to Steak n Shake, went back to his house and snuggled on the couch together. From that moment on, in 14 years, we've never spent a night apart. I'd also like to say (even thought it totally falls under the category of TMI), that we did not consumate our relationship until our wedding night. Remaining a virgin until marriage was always a huge priority to me and The Man knew and respected that. We got married on March 30, 1996 exactly 2 months after our first date, but in my heart I was his wife the first night I spent in his arms.