Friday, August 12, 2016

The Story of My Life, Part 5

That kiss just melted me.

 After that date we were inseparable.  As I got to know him, his faith became more and more evident and it was clear that I had found someone who loved God as much as I do. He turned out to be one of the kindest and most unselfish men I have ever met, always putting others before himself.  He surprised me time after time with romantic gestures like the time we went for pizza and he pulled me onto the floor to dance to a funny song on the jukebox, or the time he ran toward me on the campus lawn, dipped me in the moonlight and started singing "Temptation" to me.  He had a campus security job and I would join him on his night time rounds as we explored all the little hidden back rooms and secret places on campus. we laugh together every day.

He proposed on our second date and I said, "whoa! lets take this a little slower."   He was sure way before I was!  For the next few months he would ask me to marry him every few weeks, sometimes I would say yes and then back out the next day, sometimes I would ask for more time to think. It all seemed to be moving so fast!
I know, scandalous isn't it!?  Keep in mind, a friend took this picture, the door was open and we were chaperoned as the school's rules demanded.
He continued to ask me to marry him every few weeks, and I continued to stall, until one evening in May when I said yes once and for all.  We were married in August the following year at my little country church that sat by a river.  I wore a wedding dress made by my Aunt and the reception was a simple cake and punch affair.  That was a fairly typical country wedding back then. I have often wished I could do the wedding over, I know a lot more about weddings now! But I wouldn't trade the groom for all the gold in Fort Knox.

I can only assume God was in heaven looking down, laughing and shaking his head and saying, "I love that girl but she's a little slow."  He put the perfect boy in front of me, repeatedly, and it took forever to break down my resistance.  At some point, after we started to date, that list fell out of my bible and I realized Earl was every single thing on my list with a few extra happy things thrown in.  I have never regretted loving him for one moment and have thanked God over and over again for bringing us together.  Earl has a great capacity for love and I love him back with all my heart. The story of "my" life became the story of "our" life, including two beautiful daughters who adore their dad just as much as I do.  He has made my life heaven on earth and I can only thank God that Earl never gave up on me.

Writing this has brought back so many happy memories.  I hope you enjoyed our story as much as I enjoyed writing it. I would happily recommend taking a trip of your own down memory lane.  If you have a beautiful story don't hesitate to document it, even if no one sees it but you and your spouse!  It is so good to remember all the little ways your story is special and beautiful.
Because I know you want to see the dress :)


  1. This has been so much fun to read!! Thanks for sharing the story!!!

  2. I love your story! It's such a beautiful testimony to the way God loves to give us our hearts desires when we wait for Him. Reading your story took me back to our story. Thank you, dear friend, for sharing and for letting us get a bit acquainted with the love of your life.

  3. What a wonderful love/life story! I know you will create many more chapters to that story. Your dress is beautiful.

  4. Yours is a beautiful love story and I like the humorous touches.

  5. Such a touchinng love story, Kathy. Thank you for letting us peek at your life.

  6. Thanks for sharing the beginning of your love story and enjoy the journey.

  7. What a wonderful beginning to your ongoing love story.

    You were a beautiful bride with a beautiful gown and the groom handsome.

    God's continued blessings on the both of you.

    Love & hugs ~ FlowerLady

  8. And the story continues...

    Beautiful dress, gorgeous bride, handsome groom...all good. All very good!

  9. Beautiful story, beautiful bride & groom, all good & blessed! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Kathy,

    You have a beautiful story! What a lovely bride you were, too!

  11. Love, love, love!!! We should all do posts like this.

    You and Earl are a match made in heaven!


  12. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful story! It does inspire me to write mine and my husband's (34 years in October) story for our children and grandchildren - it was similar to yours in that he was just as persistent as Earl. And I was just as sure that he wasn't the guy, as you were.

  13. Great story...I loved reading each installment!!! Ours is somewhat similar, but hubby is the one who "made the list".... I don't think I was the answer to all of the things on his list, but he took me anyway :^)
    Blessings to both of you,


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