Dear Chris, We met three years ago today.

June 20, 2012

Dear Chris,

Three years ago tonight, I met up with a few girlfriends at a local, dusty bar. I had just been on an awful date the night before and there I was, again, jaded and guarded.

But then you walked in and before I knew it, we were talking. And I stood there, guarded, but you kept at it.   I excused myself for just a moment, and that's when I heard it. I heard Him. His voice. He said, "This is it."

It's been three years since you got my number. Three years since you took me on our first date. Three years since I let in to what would become the rest of my life.

Sometimes when it's hard, and we both know there have been hard times, I wonder if we jumped in too soon. If three months to engaged was a quick step. Or if a five month engagement wasn't long enough. I wonder if getting married nine months to the day we met was cutting it short.

And then I hear those words again, so clearly, "This is it."

This is it. We are it.

The thing is, it was all right at the time. Something in me - something in you - was so strongly pulled that night. If at the time it felt right, so, so right, then who am I to question it?

It's what keeps me devoted on the days when I question and doubt. That feelings, those words, the certainty of that night keeps me focused on the long haul.

We were certain of each other. We were certain we were in the other's next chapter. We were certain the rest of our stories would be penned by the other.

I don't blink an eye at those who fall in love in just a few weeks. I don't think twice about those who others see as rushing into it. I now believe in love at first sight, first meeting.

We had it. We still have it. It's a story to tell, and I tell it often.

And each time I pass by the dusty bar, I think, "That was it."

You are it.

I love you,

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  1. I also believe in love at first sight because it also happened to me.....nothing better. Love your story, love that you are taking such good care of my sweet brother in us comfort. Love you sis.

  2. What a lovely story. It's so similar to my husband's and my meeting and romance! Met January 7, engaged 9 months later on October 7, married the following August 7. We have known each other now almost 2 1/2 years. No reason to doubt it when it's the real thing. You jump in feet first!

  3. Awww! Great story! I also got engaged to be husband after being together three months and married five months after that. When you know, you know!

  4. When JT proposed to me, my answer was "without a doubt". Not "yes" or "uh huh" or "of course," but "without a doubt". After almost 15 years of marriage, there have certainly been days when I have thought to myself (or yelled outloud) "why did I marry you?" but remembering how sure I was on that Saturday afternoon more than 16 years ago has carried me through those moments. That and a lot of prayer! Thanks for sharing your sweet story -- so glad you and Chris found each other :-)

  5. Oh, wow! So encouraging to hear someone who has such a similar story.

  6. Like I just said to Rachel's comment - awesome!

  7. I do my best! :) Glad he came with great family.


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