Stay with me 'til the end of this post because I have some exciting giveaway news for you!
Ken and I met when we were 14 years old. Our church youth group would hold monthly dances for the youth aged 14-18 years old who lived within several cities. We were both so shy back then that we hardly talked to each other unless while we were dancing!
Back then my family didn't own a computer yet, so we exchanged mailing addresses and started to send each other "snail mail". We didn't exchange addresses until we'd known each other for 9 months (but we had only seen each other once or twice during each of those months) and we were still too shy to talk to each other, so our friends had to do the address-asking for us!
It's a good thing we met each other so early because we sure moved slowly! Eventually my family got a computer and we moved on from paper letters to email and chatting on ICQ (how many of you remember ICQ?!). We got to know each other from a distance and were still pretty shy whenever we saw each other in person!
We went on several group dates with our friends when we were 16 and then single dates when we were 17. We became close friends and it was hard to imagine going 2 years without seeing him when he went on his mission (age 19 to 21) to Mexico City. I wrote to him every week while he was gone (but went on dates with a few other guys during those 2 years).
I remember being nervous to see him again when he got home from Mexico. It was less than a month after he got home until we were engaged and 4 months after that, we were married!
You know how it goes with time- sometimes it's hard to believe that was 14 years ago, and sometimes it seems like forever. It blows us away every time we stop and think about how old our kids are! We've been through many stages of life together and there's so much to come and so many questions about what our future holds and what's around the corner for us. With so many unknowns I'm just so glad that I know we get to be on this adventure together!
What a beautiful story ♥ I love that even after 2 years apart you knew right away that you were meant to be together - true love trumps everything.ReplyDelete
Thank you :)Delete
Ee forever ❤😍ReplyDelete
haha :) Love you my friend! (& thanks for helping me get that address!! ;)Delete
Lovely story -sounds like you are very well suitedReplyDelete
Thanks Shelley :)Delete
What a beautiful romantic story, loved reading it and congratulations on your anniversary. :-)ReplyDelete
Thank you Eliza! :)Delete
These pictures are breathtaking! I looooove them. You forgot the very beginning part where the big sister told her 12-year-old brother to check out the super cute girl she met at camp! ;)ReplyDelete
Thank you! I was really happy with them and it's SO NICE to have recent ones of us! Is that last part really true? I don't think I'd ever heard about that!Delete
Really? Oh yes! He had his eye on you from the start because of my nudging. And I take total credit for your relationship because of it. Ha ha! (Thankfully it's a good one! )Delete
Happy Anniversary!!! :D Those pictures are lovely!! :D I love that genuine smile on both your faces!! It's wonderful!! :DReplyDelete
Thank you Jen! :)Delete
Happy Anniversary!! you two look so young it's hard to believe 14 years together!ReplyDelete
Aw, well thank you Lynda! That's a lovely comment to read! :)Delete
Congratulations! What a lovely story and I imagine many more chapters to go!ReplyDelete
I hope so! :) Thanks Rebecca!Delete
Beautiful story. Happy anniversary to you both. I have no idea what ICQ even was....ReplyDelete
Thank you! ICQ was the first stand-alone instant messenger :)Delete
Such a sweet story! Love that you knew each other when you were young. Happy anniversaryReplyDelete
Thank you! :)Delete
oh my gosh these pictures of your two are absolutely beautiful!!! Your photographer did a fabulous job photographing you two <3ReplyDelete
Thank you so much! I'm so happy to have them!Delete
Happy Anniversary, what a nice story you two have. Funny, I haven't heard ICQ mentioned, in what seems like forever. lolReplyDelete
Thank you. Glad to know there's someone else here who knows what ICQ is! :) hahaDelete
Wow, 14 years together Happy Anniversary to you both!! :D Those are absolutely lovely photos of you guys. Definitely a moment to treasure. I'll be checking out Ariana's blog to learn more about her photography and the giveaway, thanks for the heads up! :)ReplyDelete
Thanks Aeryn! :)Delete
Happy Anniversary to you both and may you have many more wonderful years together.ReplyDelete
Thank you Lori! :)Delete
Congrats and Happy Anniversary! These are beautiful pictures and a you two are a beautiful couple! To many more wonderful years <3ReplyDelete
Thank you Erin :)Delete
Those are such nice pictures of you two! Happy Anniversary!ReplyDelete
Thank you Betsy!Delete
I can't believe you were so young when you met and really young when you got married. Usually people wait until their older and done school etc. it must have been tough going through all of those things and most with kids too. The best part is coming out the other side still close but knowing you've done so much but having most of the really hard things behind you.ReplyDelete
Congratulations to you both and many happy years ahead !
Yep, if we waited for school to be done we would be 14 years behind! ;)Delete
These photos are breathtaking, my friend!!! Your love story is so heartwarming. I love that you knew each other at such a young age. And look at you two now - 14 years together! Happy anniversary! So beautiful!ReplyDelete
Thank you Deb!Delete
What a beautiful love story! Happy anniversary to you both!ReplyDelete
Thank you Nicole :)Delete
So cute how you both were too shy to talk to each other! That’s how the best love stories begin ! lolReplyDelete
Hubby and I have been together 17 years, married for 10 of those so so I totally get what you mean that it can feel like forever and no time at all at the same time!. Lovely photos, and I hope you have a happy anniversary.ReplyDelete
Happy Belated 14 years Anniversary!ReplyDelete
I must comment your eyes are incredible. I am sure all the time but those pictures really make them pop. Great pictures!
Such a beautiful story! It sounds like you both found your soul mate! Happy Anniversary!ReplyDelete