And The Two Shall Become One
I have been joyfully married for almost 7.5 years now, to the man of my dreams. My husband, Eric, truly is the "perfect match" for me. We have so many things in common: we share similar dreams for our lives, similar personalities, similar senses of humor, similar childhoods...... Not only do we love each other, but we actually like each other, too! And that is so important!
Flash back to 2008: I had been out of college for about a year, working a couple dead-end jobs, sort of dating a good guy, but who simply wasn't ready for me, and didn't know if he was ever going to be ready for me. Needless to say, life was not so hot.
But after meeting one of this guy's friends, named Eric, things started looking up. But it didn't happen overnight!
Eric & I met a few times briefly, while hanging out with mutual friends. He couldn't remember my name, and I thought he seemed kinda dorky. We began talking a little bit more, and for some reason, I asked him to be my date to a good friend's wedding. I barely knew him and had no idea why I asked him to accompany me to my friend's wedding, but I did. We went and talked the whole time. We danced a couple times and he made me nervous by staring at me the whole time.
Shortly after that was Christmas break. We were both off work and so we chatted online a lot, sometimes for hours on end. We were getting to know each other pretty well by this point.
New Year's Day of 2008 was when Eric first told me that he wanted something more than just friendship with me. I was still trying to get over his guy friend who was "not ready for me", so I said that I needed time to think.
For the next few weeks, Eric & I were on-again, off-again, mostly because I was being wishy-washy, trying to decipher mysterious feelings and not knowing what exactly I wanted.
Finally, in February, we were officially dating and we had a romantic Valentine's Day dinner & movie together.
Time passed quickly, and we were already falling deeply in love with each other.
We flew out to Seattle, Washington (where Eric is from) to attend his older brother's wedding, and for me to meet his parents for the first time.
Unbeknowst to me, however, Eric had asked my parents for permission to marry me & for their blessing, which they gave. We had a wonderful time in Seattle, and about a week after returning was Eric's birthday. He turned 30 years old, proposed to me in a beautiful nearby park with a gorgeous ring that he had gotten hand-made, and he made an offer on a small house that we had been looking at.
We got engaged on May 16th, and got married on September 28th of the same year, 2008.
We planned our wedding in 4 months, and had only known each other for about a year when we got married. But hey, when you've found the right One, you just know, right???
And now Eric & I have been married for almost 7.5 years, and boy has the time flown by! We've had lots of struggles: unemployment, being diagnosed with a chronic pain condition (Fibromyalgia), relocating from Ohio to Seattle, living with in-laws for 2 years while looking for work, difficulty making ends meet, etc... But through it all, God has been faithful and now we are living in a small home of our own, and excited to be expecting our first baby VERY soon, in April! We have certainly been blessed, even in the midst of the struggles.
This is our story of how the Lord Almighty brought Eric & I together, gave us a new life together, and performed miracles to do so. Praise God for such a wonderful blessing of an amazing husband, and I hope this story helps you remember that you are worthy of true love, and God can help you find it.