Friday, July 16, 2010

A love story and a flashback

He was the guy I couldn't have. He was good. I wasn't. That's what I convinced myself. We started dating during my senior year of high school. I was already planning to go away to college. I couldn't wait to get away. I wanted a new beginning. I wanted freedom: from rules, from stereotypes, and from reputation. I tried to let go but I wanted him, too. We dated off and on during that first year of college.

Then, we fell for each other. I fell for him. He had been praying I would. I finally I gave up the lie that I wasn't good enough and realized that he loved me for who I was. I received freedom: freedom to let go of my negative self image, freedom to be me, and freedom to love.

We wanted our future together. We could not wait for a new beginning. But, we had to wait. We were engaged for 1 1/2 years.

We were in love. The time went by slowly. The future was full of promise.

We were young, both 21, when we got married.

Here we are on our honeymoon.

13 comments:

Missy said...

What a cute picture!
I love hearing my friends' love stories. What a beautiful testament to your marriage.

MiMi said...

Oh, that is adorable!!!
What, are you 12?? LOL

Anonymous said...

Is it your anniversary? Love the picture!
Sharon

Jeanne said...

Aww! So cute!!

McCrakensx4 said...

AWE! What a sweet story! And I love that pic...you both look like babies! What a wonderful flashback!

Melissa Guay said...

You got the numbers mixed up, I think you are actually 12, not 21. :))))) CUTE PICTURE!

Beth E. said...

Awww...that's so sweet!

Anonymous said...

so sweet....patti b.

Ellen said...

I love how you write, Jane Anne!

Ellen said...

Shelby says OH MY GOSH!

Anonymous said...

Saw you are reading The Help. Someone just suggested that to me. I'm waiting for it to come in for me at the library. Do you like it?
Sharon

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

Oh what a sweet love story! May you have many more blessed years together!

Kimberly said...

Such a sweet love story!!!! Thanks for sharing both the story (that makes me go - Ahhh) and the picture (that makes me go - hahahaha!) Love you both!!!! Happy almost Anniversary!!! 15 yrs down and 50 more to go!!!!!!