I was born in Memphis, TN and moved to Central Alabama about 9.5 years ago when Jason and I got married. He had already moved here for work and after a long distance relationship, we were so thankful to be in the same place again. We have 3 little girls that are such a blessing, and a lot of work. My girls and our activities are my main topic on this blog... along with a tip or so throughout. I'm linking up with Kelly's Korner blog today on trying to find other bloggers in my area.
I was already planning a "Flashback Friday" today to talk about our love story. If you are easily nauseated, turn away now. :)
Jason and I met before 2000... I'm not exactly when. Our families attended the same church, so we knew of each other, but we didn't socialize. For various reasons. :)
Jason and my brother were actually friends before we were. They had a mutual friend and ran around together getting into all kinds of trouble (relative trouble for a couple of goody two-shoes). Jason was in Tim's wedding in June of 2000 and we never dreamed then that we would one day be in another wedding together (our own)... that's 3 weddings we've been in together now!
I guess the way we got together was pretty random. Jason was in a jet ski accident and broke his pelvis pretty badly. While he was recovering, my dad loaned him a book (I think it was my grandfather's book). Jason dropped in one day to return the book and I had just gotten out of the shower. My hair was in a towel and there wasn't a lick of makeup on my face. My dad was home (thankfully) but while Jason was there (this older guy that I didn't know well at all), he said he had to leave for the post office. *Thanks a lot dad* Jason asked me to go out to lunch with him. I was thinking, okay, that's fine.... this is a friend of my brother's, he's quite a bit older than me... he's taking me to lunch to be nice.... poor teenaged girl home by herself and hungry. ha!!
When we got into his car, the music fired up and it was Jimmy Buffet. I love Jimmy Buffet!! I couldn't believe he was playing something I liked... I thought he'd be listening to the River or something old. (Memphis peeps will get that!)
We went to a Chinese restaurant (I had never eaten chinese food before). We just talked and ate and then he took me home. I don't remember at all what we talked about. I can't imagine it could have been anything but awkward. When he took me home, my Papa and Granny were sitting outside (they lived across the street from us). Granny called me over and told me I was going to marry that boy. I thought she was nuts. Seriously. I was seeing someone else and he was quite a bit older than me and in a totally different stage of life. Granny somehow had a very keen sense for stuff like that... and she was very often right.
Fast forward several months to November 2000. Jason's roommate (also named Jason) visited church with Jason... that's confusing.... and my roommate, Casey, thought he was cute (he was). So... Jason and I were going to try to set them up. As I said before, I was seeing someone, so I didn't think anything about this setup. The guy I was seeing also went to church with us and was aware and invited to the things we were doing. He just didn't come. And over time, Jason and I would sit together while the other Jason and Casey would sit together.... because we were trying to get them set up. Anyway, they ended up not hitting it off... but Jason and I did. I broke it off with the other guy and started seeing Jason. He was such a romantic. He was very thoughtful and loving. But, like I said, he was in a totally different stage of life. He was an intern and had just graduated medical school the year I graduated high school. Would this really work??
I can't imagine life without him and I look back now and I don't fully understand how all of this came to be. But I'm thankful. So very thankful. Stay tuned... I'm going to try to scan some pictures from our wedding.