Its not a secret that I love pictures…and right from our first date, Chris became very aware of that. Thankfully the man doesn’t mind getting his picture taken, and so we have a few really sweet ones from the year we were dating to share. I love that he gets it…that pictures are just as important as the memories they help preserve.
So from July of 2006 until March of 2007 (when we got engaged…story coming tomorrow!) we dated long distance. That meant many hours on the phone and every break at work spent at the library emailing back and forth. And then I got a cell phone, so I saved every text he sent. I still have them all saved in a word doc actually. We did a lot of driving on the weekends and saw each other when we could, but we always talked on the phone every morning…a tradition we still keep.
Things weren’t always easy…we dealt with a lot during that year. Loss of employment, big life decisions, money problems, real life. But we worked together, learned to rely on God as a couple and got through them, giving us lots of practice for marriage.
It was with Chris’ support that I made the leap out on my own for the first time and moved to Spokane to pursue my goal of learning American Sign Language. I learned a lot during that time, and we continued to grow as friends and as a couple. We both started dating with marriage in mind, and so a proposal was the plan. But this guy sure knows how to surprise a girl. You’re gonna want to hear this story! We can’t wait to share.