It was a hot summer day in July 2006, and I was getting ready to throw a party for work. I was so excited because this was the biggest party of the year, and my wonderful boss was letting me help her ever step of the way. Little did I know that this would not only be the biggest party of the year, but that it would be the day my life changed forever.
This is the day I met John Smith.
I don’t even remember what we talked about that day, or how much was said. I just remember thinking to myself that this was the most handsome man I have ever seen in my life. We didn’t talk much that night, and I kept my distance because I never thought that someone like him would be interested in me.
A month passed.
Two months passed.
Finally towards the middle of September, he came strolling into my office. We casually flirted and he went on his way. The next day, he came back and flirted a little more. And each day beyond that it became more apparent to me that he may like me.
I played the friendship card, because I didn’t want to be hurt. It worked and we started a friendship. John went back to work and we communicated over the internet for the next few months. Over those months though, our relationship seemed to blossom. It went from friendship to something more. John was due to come back to Houston on November 18, and we both were excited to go out on a actual date.
Our first date did not go as planned. I was a still a little scared of being hurt, so I invited my friend Christiana to come along with us. The night turned out to be spectacular despite our ‘third wheel,’ and we really did have a lot of fun.
From there on, our relationship moved forward very fast. John moved his stuff into my apartment (although he was not there most of the time because he was offshore working), he met my family, I met his family. By January 2007 we were definitely in love and knew we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together despite us knowing each other for only a short amount of time.
On January 18, 2007, John took me to the fanciest restaurant in our part of town. I was so excited to get all dressed up and even more excited at the thought of where we were going. It was a beautiful restaurant, decorated very rustic with lots of slate tiles and wood work. There was a huge rotisserie of meat turning in the bar area, and the fanciest salad bar I have ever seen. We were seated promptly, and I went to the salad bar to see what I could find to eat. After choosing carefully I returned to my seat. There was a napkin folded right in the middle of where I needed to set my plate. I picked up the napkin, lost my breath and nearly dropped my salad. Sitting there was the biggest, most beautiful diamond I have ever seen. I had to sit down right away, and then I asked what was going on. John, then asked if I would marry him. With tears in my eyes, and a frog in my throat, I managed to get something out that sounded like a Yes!
Wedding plans began as soon as we chose a date. Since John’s birthday was 7-7-78 and mine was 11-11-80, we wanted another double digit date as our anniversary. There were three that year, but we chose to have our wedding at St. John Lutheran Church on May 5, 2007 (5-5-07). Planning the wedding was a lot of fun, although I can honestly say that my mother did most of the work. She was great at everything, and I really appreciate that because without her, I would have been totally stressed. My mother has great taste, so I knew the wedding would be perfect.
February was a big month for us. We purchased our first house! Although it is not our perfect house, it is a cute 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom starter house for us. I think I fell in love with the outside before I even saw the inside of the house, and it does have everything we wanted, a formal dining room, a fire place, double sinks, everything fairly new, and a big master bedroom. I just see us running out of space in the future.
Before we new it our wedding day came, and although it was not as perfect as I had hoped, we had just taken a vow to stick with each other through the good and bad.
The honeymoon was so much fun, as soon as we got there, we were already making future plans to come back. Walt Disney World truly is the most magical place on earth for kids of all ages. We were only there for four days, and didn’t see half of everything there is to see. However, it was great and just what we needed to get our new marriage back on track.
I was now a housewife. Something I have always dreamed of being. I know I have the education and the capability of working, I just always wanted to be a stay at home wife, and eventually a stay at home mom.
My dreams of being a stay at home mom came true on November 23, 2007. I thought I might be pregnant, but I wasn’t for sure, so at 2:30 in the morning, I couldn’t sleep. I decided to head to the bathroom with my test in hand. Within a few minutes the line appeared, Pregnant! I took another one. Same result. So I ran into the bedroom with my pee sticks in hand to announce the big news to my husband. He said, “I already knew that,” and rolled over and went back to bed.
I was so excited (and a little scared), I couldn’t go back to sleep after that, and we went black Friday shopping so it was another almost 12 hours before I did finally get some sleep.
A new chapter in our lives had began.