One of my favorite things to do is ask couples how they met. It always fascinates me how God brings people together that are truly meant to be and I find it so interesting because every person’s story is truly unique. So, in honor of John and I’s 10 year anniversary last week (yes we have been together for 10 years!), I thought I would share our love story….
John and I met in college as Freshman. We both went to a small lutheran school, California Lutheran University, nestled in one of the nation’s safest cities – Thousand Oaks, CA. It is interesting to me that we hit it off so well because at the time, our social circles and our life perspectives couldn’t be any different, yet here we are 10 years later still holding stronger than ever. I truly believe that you are meant to be with certain people and John is definitely my person.
So, let’s begin…
John found out from a mutual friend that my high school boyfriend and I had broken up. Evidently he had seen me in the “caf” (cafeteria) and had been wondering about me for a while, but found out I had a boyfriend. He had even gone as far as giving me a fake name (Emily) because he didn’t know my real one (if you aren’t laughing by now, wait, because it get’s better…). Ultimately he finds out my boyfriend and I had broken up and wants to meet me (this is where it get’s funnier), so he asks our mutual friend to stage a “run-in” in which he can meet me. So my friend tells me that she wants to hang out for a little bit in the common area of my dorm which made no sense to me because no one ever really hung out in the common area of my dorm. I agreed to play along for a little bit (I am such a pushover) and in saunters John (he literally sauntered). He says hi to our friend and then introduces himself to me. At this point, I had no clue what was going on and was a little thrown off because the whole situation seemed off to me.
We all chat for a while and then he heads off to the library and my friend and I head back to my dorm room. On the way, my friend asks what I thought of him and I remember saying that I thought he was cute, but wasn’t interested. She then proceeds to explain that he is definitely interested in me, because he planned that whole thing. I remember being very surprised, but also just thinking “So what. Why would a guy like that be interested in me anyway?”
My friend left a little later and being the glory days of Facebook, I hopped on before doing some homework. While scrolling my feed, John decided to take the initiative and message me (I didn’t even know we were friends on Facebook). He then proceeded to ask for my number. I gave it to him and the rest of our relationship sort of unfolded. Our introduction was right before Spring Break that year and I remember from the time I woke up to the time I went to bed we texted. We then had our first date at Inn-n-Out. He wore seersucker sail boat pants and I was smitten. We would continue to date throughout college despite our distance during summers and breaks.
Eventually, we did break up for a short period between our Senior years and to be honest, it was the best thing either one of us could have done for our relationship. The differing between our two social circles and values at the time ultimately took a ware on our relationship, in addition to the fact that it was a very big transitioning time for both of us.
Ultimately though we ended up together. I truly can’t believe it has been 10 years and I am even more astonished by the fact that we will be celebrating one year together as husband and wife this year. Time really does fly by.
Regardless, I don’t think our story is any more special than any one else’s, but it is ours and I feel blessed to have spent these past ten years with such an amazing man. He loves me unconditionally, supports me and my endeavors 100%, and constantly encourages me. I feel so blessed to have found such a strong love.
I hope you enjoyed this post and obviously there is so much more to our past ten years. If you enjoyed this post, please comment below and I will be sure to share more to our story.