Chris and I met on the first day of Biology Lab, our Freshman year in a small Christian college, in 1996. I was running late to class, as usual, and when I got there, I realized there were only a couple of seats left. I was painfully shy and hated standing there with everyone staring. So I quickly decided to be brave, avoided the geeky guy at the other table, and sat at the table beside this really cute guy smiling and inviting me to sit beside him. Chris had the sweetest, biggest smile that I loved instantly. We got to know each other, and became friends, hanging out together in groups, and then hanging out together exclusively. Come to find out, Chris and his roommate used me for my car for a few months, since neither of them had a car! But in the meantime he grew to be attracted to me too.
We dated all 4 years during college and were inseparable. Our grades suffered at times, but we were in love. Chris and I were one of those mushy, PDA couples that made everyone sick! He proposed to me after Christmas break our senior year. He led me blindfolded to the swing on the front porch of my freshman year dorm, where we had spent countless hours together that first year. He got down on one knee and proclaimed that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me, then he asked me to marry him. We were married 8 months later, shortly after we both graduated, on August 5th, 2000. He became a golf professional, and I became a public school teacher.
We’ve been best friends ever since. Through ups and downs, tragedies and triumphs, sickness and in health, unemployment and times of plenty, we’ve experienced a lot together and our relationship continues to grow stronger with each passing year. We have 3 beautiful children, ages 8, 3, and 11 months, and he works very hard to support our little family so that I can stay at home and homeschool them. I can’t believe we’ve been best friends for 18 years! That’s half of our lives now.
Isn’t that a great story? They met all because she was running late. 🙂