I have been so moved by all the love stories coming in (26 to be exact). I cannot tell you enough how much it means to me that you took the time & energy to share such special memories with me…someone most of you have never met. Your stories are all beautiful & special. I have officially re-homed my kleenex box to my desk, I have been so touched by the unique ways two people are brought together.
You’ve inspired me to share my own love story with you. It’s a story I love sharing even though my husband always cringes as a reaction to my “lack of detail” while telling it but I will do my best!
I was a junior in college at the time & the last thing I was looking for or wanting was to be in ANOTHER relationship. I had just gotten out of a seemingly serious relationship & my heart was on the mend. I have always been a relationship girl. I was THAT girl that would meet a guy & “know” I was going to marry them. I’m sure I freaked most of the guys out when I started talking about baby names on the 3rd date…I wish I was kidding! I loved being committed to one person & always having that someone to talk to and spend time with. I’m not sure if that was a good thing for me or not. Looking back I do know that I learned many important lessons from each relationship I found myself in. After my break up with my boyfriend at the time I realized I needed time, space & God. The kicker is that I only got ONE of them.
Only a couple days after my bf at the time & I broke up I received a facebook message (romantic beginning, I know) from this random guy named, John. He seemed nice enough, telling me who he was & why he was writing me. I think it was something along the lines of “I’m not sure if you are the right Brittany but I am Lynnae’s son and I’ve heard a lot of great things about you” okay so it probably was something more clever or charming but I can’t remember exactly. So what did I do after I read the message!? I relished in a good “facebook stalking” experience…you’ve all done it, no eye rolling please! John was the son of a past neighbor I had when I was in Junior High. Our moms kept in touch even after she moved away. After discovering that he was indeed very handsome & what seemed to be a pretty good guy I wrote him back. I wrote him about 3 sentences, all of which took me at least 20 minutes to write & rewrite. We continued to correspond via messaging for about 2 weeks and then we moved to texting and then…the phone call. I wasn’t expecting to actually talk to him yet, I was way more charming over the internet & texting but he surprised me and decided to take our cyber relationship to second base with a phone call. Holy man did we talk, and talk, and talk…I was driving everyone around me crazy because I was constantly on the phone with this man I had never officially met in person. John & I got to know each other very well over the next couple weeks. We talked about almost everything, our families, our childhood, our favorite cereals and other very important details;) I began freaking myself out because I was literally falling in love with a man I had never seen face to face. What if he doesn’t find me attractive or has a weird twitch I can’t get over!?
John was a pilot at the time so we arranged a place to meet…Vegas baby!!! The irony in the location is that I hate Vegas…I hated it since my first trip there years ago. The noise, the dirt, the entire atmosphere stresses me out so the last place I would’ve expected to “meet” my future husband was Las Vegas. It ended up being the spot that would be easiest for us both to get to so Vegas it was! I was there with my parents & my mom came with me to pick John up from the airport. We arrived at the terminal and there HE was… in all his gorgeous glory!! The time passed in slow motion. He was the most handsome man I’d ever seen and when I went to hug him I felt perfect in his arms…the uniform he was in didn’t hurt either;) We spent the next few days together roaming around the strip, flirting…and making out. TMI!?
I was soon headed back to college from winter break & John came to Phoenix a lot. After he’d get off work he would hop on the last plane out of LAX to come see me and I would sometimes bring him back for the first flight out the next morning. We fell in love quickly. He was perfect for me & didn’t seem to be phased by my annoying habits, mood swings & randomness…He was a keeper.
Fast forward 5 months later. We were in my hometown of Bismarck, ND for the summer. A couple days after we arrived we decided to go for a walk around the neighborhood I’d grown up in. We had taken a walk everyday we’d been there so I thought nothing of it. As we were walking past my old house John asked to go look at the water in the backyard. I thought that was a little odd but whatever…the guy must like water views? When we walked to the backyard I noticed someone had set up a cute date on the boat next to the dock. It was Mother’s day so I figured the current owners had a special evening planned. When John told me the whole thing was for ME I was even more confused. We sat down on the boat & he poured the wine. At this point I should’ve expected it but I didn’t, that is until he started to tell me how much he loved me & how he wanted to grow old together…I’m not sure if that’s even what he said but I think it’s close, it was a blur! He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him…after gasping in disbelief I replied YES! That was the easiest question I’ve ever answered.
We were married 8 months later in Arizona surrounded by our close friends & family. The day was perfect! We just celebrated our 2 year anniversary a couple weeks ago. I love this man more today than ever. We’ve been through our challenges but I wouldn’t change a thing. Our love has matured from a playful infatuation to a deep committed love. Our marriage has matured me in many ways & inspires me daily. What I appreciate most about John is his ability to love on me and communicate with me regardless of the circumstances. He is an attentive husband, strong leader & servant of the Lord. All of which make it way too easy to love him:)
I am eagerly anticipating to see what the future holds for us! Thanks for allowing me to share my love story with you:)
-XO Brittany J.Right after we got engaged!