Twenty two years! Happy anniversary to us! When I look back at how things went leading up to my husband and I meeting, I’m convinced we were meant for each other. There is much debate about whether people can just choose whoever they want, or if there is someone meant for them. I’m not making any declarations about the world at large, just that in my case it’s true. We were meant for each other.
I never wanted to date a lot of people. As I told my niece when she was little, “I just wanted to find my true love and the heck with all the rest.” This statement really shocked my teenage niece, and I didn’t understand why until she clarified that it was my language. Evidentially “heck” was not a word allowed at her house. Oops!
Things didn’t work out that way for me. I did end up dating several people in my search for Mr. Right. When I look at those past relationships, it’s just so clear to me that they weren’t right for me. It was as if God slammed doors shut in supernatural ways.
I found myself graduated college and teaching in a little Christian school in Nebraska. I had lived there a year when I met Jason. The story here: How I Met My Man.
What’s not in the story is that the very next day after we met, Jason went on a blind date with a friend of his cousin. In similar fashion to how he had met me, he met with his cousin and her family and the friend joined the party.
The girl arrived a little later than the rest and when Jason met up with his cousin, he told her, (This is my favorite part.) “I just met the girl of my dreams!” So as he sat there waiting for the blind date to arrive, he told his cousin all about me!
Quite some time after Jason and I were dating, this story came out because I came across this girl’s photo at Jason’s dad’s house. It was a graduation invitation. I was astounded as she was beautiful, from a great family, reportedly super sweet, and she had been interested in him to the point that she wanted Jason to meet her dad!
I think that if I hadn’t met him the night before, he probably would have married this other girl. I mean what are the odds? The only explanation is that we were meant to be together! 🙂
The year before I met Jason, I had a lot of crazy dating experiences, but there was no one that I was interested in. There was one guy at church that I had admired from afar. You’d have to read my Crazy Dating Ideas to understand why it was from afar. 🙂 Would you believe that about two weeks after Jason and I began dating, this guy walked up to me at church and asked me out? I was shocked! By then though, I was out of my mind crazy for Jason.
See? We were meant to be together. Whether you believe me or not, I know it’s true.
Happy Anniversary to my crazy engineer man. It’s been 22 years of hang-on-for-your-life adventures of every kind. Whether we’re traveling to a new, exciting place or sitting down for frozen pizza with the kids, life is never dull!