18 inches

Celebrating 4 years of knowing each other <3


December 8th 2012 is the 4 year anniversary of the day my Hubby and I met. :)

Even though we had been attending the same church for a month and a half we had never officially met until he called and asked to have a “meeting” with me so we could talk about missions work. I accepted and he picked me up early in the next morning (Dec. 8th 2008) and drove us to Starbucks to talk, neither of us having a clue that 35 days later we’d be married.

I still remember walking in to Starbucks with him and watching as he ordered a large water and some almond butter. The barista started searching for some almond butter for him and I was silently thinking okay, he needs to tell her that he’s kidding, this poor woman is searching for almond butter for him thinking he’s serious! This is so weird!
As all that is going through my mind the woman finds a couple packs of almond butter, hands it to him along with a water and he goes and sits down. I was so confused. It finally hit me that he wasn’t kidding, he was actually sitting down eating almond butter and waiting for me. So I ordered a water and went and sat next to him wondering what I had gotten myself into.
We ended up having an incredible talk. I don’t even really remember what we talked about but I remember realizing being surprised at how much we were connecting. I was really impressed with his passion and his faith. We were laughing together and we both really enjoyed our time together. At the end of the meeting I told him if they ever needed help up at church (he was an intern in a youth ministry) to call me and I’d love to help. He said he would, dropped me off at my sister’s house and returned 20 minutes later saying, “we always need help, just come on now”. I did and we began hanging out and working together virtually every day in December.
I didn’t have a car so he’d drive me around wherever I needed to go to raise money for the missions organization I worked with at the time and helped me plan fundraisers. We ended up working in the mall wrapping gifts for donations to the orphanage I worked with. A lot of people were supposed to help us but it just ended up being the 2 of us most days. He’d pick me up at 7am & we’d be at the mall wrapping gifts (and talking) until the mall closed around midnight. A few days before Christmas we both realized we were going to get married. He never proposed, we both just knew and started talking to our parents and planning.
When you’re young and in love,
you might do some things that don’t seem all that smart,
’cause there ain’t no greater distance than the eighteen inches from your head to your heart.
(song by Carrie Underwood)
We officially announced that we were engaged on December 31st, just twenty three days after we met. A lot of our friends said “I didn’t even know you guys were dating!” our response? “we aren’t…but we’re getting married”. ;)  Crazy? yes. Definitely didn’t seem smart, and a lot of people were worried. But it was the right thing for us, and I wouldn’t change a thing.

The last four years have been incredible. Too many ups and downs to count but I have learned and grown more than ever before in my life. We have grown up together and faced a lot in these 4 years. I don’t think most people expected us to make it a year, but we did. And then another and another. We have two kids, and we are happier than ever! As the old saying goes “it just keeps getting better.” It really does. I’m sure new hardships will come our way, and some days are much harder than others, but we always come out stronger and with more trust in one another and most of all a strengthened faith in God.


I’m so glad we did the crazy thing and got married at 18, after knowing each other for only 5 weeks. So glad our parents let us. So glad that God worked it all out even though we were “young & in love and doing things that don’t seem all that smart”.
Happy 4 years of knowing ya hubby. Here’s to 40+ more! <3
The quote above is from a new country song that I have really been enjoying called “18 inches”. I can relate to (most of it) so much. The chorus and the later verses are my favorites…
(verse 3) Last thing they need is another mouth to feed, but they want one,
just kids themselves but that’s all to change in nine more months,
she wakes him up at three thirty in the morning,
ready or not their new life’s going to start,
seven pounds and eighteen inches,
the doctor lays that new baby’s head right on her heart.
When you’re young and in love, yeah,
you might do some things that don’t seem all that smart,
but thank God for those eighteen inches,
the distance it is from your head to your heart.
Just love it. So true for our “crazy” lives of love. And I wouldn’t want it to be any other way.
fun <3




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  1. I love this story! Happy Anniversary of the Day You Met!

  2. You have a wonderful blog!! I’m your newest follower from the “Sunday Sync” blog hop – this is my blog if you wanted to follow back: godsgrowinggarden.com

  3. You have a wonderful blog!! I’m your newest follower from the “Sunday Sync” blog hop – this is my blog if you wanted to follow back: godsgrowinggarden.com

  4. You have a wonderful blog!! I’m your newest follower from the “Sunday Sync” blog hop – this is my blog if you wanted to follow back: godsgrowinggarden.com

  5. OH no!! – I’m so sorry – it kept telling me that my comment was NOT published – now there are 3 – Sorry!

  6. Wow what an amazing story! I can relate- I knew on the SECOND date with my hubby he was the one. And he said he knew on the first! Haha! 6 months later married! Sometimes you just know!

    Anyways, newest follower here from the blog hop. Looking forward to more and would love for you to check out my blog!



  7. Wow, 35 days later!? That’s a fun story. :) happy anniversary.

    Jennifer Dougan

  8. happy anniversary! cute blog ;)
    new follower from the GFC Collective, follow back? :)


  9. I love a good story!
    I am a new follower from the GFC Collective! Glad to have found you! I hope you will hop over and follow back!
    Merry Christmas,
    Julie @ Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk


  10. I love hearing how people met their spouses, and your story is one of the most unusual I’ve heard lately. My husband and I met on the 23rd of December and married on the 28th. . . . a year later. And I thought our engagement was short at 6 months :)Visiting from Be Not Weary today.

  11. Such an awesome story! It’s amazing how differently you view marriage when you are looking at it from God’s eyes and perspective. When you know, you know. My hubby took four whole years to “ask” but we knew after one month as well. :) I’m a new follower and fan and can’t wait to read more. From Tuesday blog hop!

    • that is very true! Everything is different when you are viewing it from a godly perspective.

      that’s sweet that you knew after a month too :) neat how that works out <3

  12. happy anniversary!!! what a sweet post! We knew pretty quickly too!

  13. Love this post :) My hubby and I got married when I had just turned 19 and he was 23 :) I wouldn’t change anything except maybe marrying him earlier ;)


  14. Some things are just meant to be! What a great love story!

  15. Love it! “When you know, you KNOW!” I thought our love story was a whirlwind (engaged at 6 weeks, married in 6 months) but 29 years later we are STILL crazy about each other! Happy 4 year anniversary….you look blissfully happy!

  16. Up at almost 5am (with my baby girl) and reading this, such a sweet story! And I thought me and my hubby were “crazy” marrying after around 9 months lol Thanks for sharing your love story, God is so good!

  17. Wonderful story! May the Lord bless you with many years

  18. This is just amazing! You are so blessed!

  19. Such a sweet story! Sounds like the best way to do it–no dating, just marriage!

  20. This is an amazing story and it’s even more amazing with the country songs quotes!! I’m in love with country music so this made the perfect post!!

    This is a an incredible story, I’m sure one to tell the grand kids!!

    Love Jessy Xx

  21. Jennifer Freels says:

    Congrats! My hubby and I married 24 days after we met and are still madly in love almost 16 years later. Got a lot of naysayers at first but now they all love our story as much as we do :) Wishing you a lifetime of happiness!


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