I am going to jump right in with Kirsten from Pure Joy for Marriage Monday! I think this is such a great idea!
I met Hubby on my 25th birthday, in a chat room. How old does that make me sound, seriously?! Anyway, he had just moved to Phoenix from Iowa and didn’t know anyone. I was bored and found myself unattached from gayboy (that is a story for a whole different kind of post though). I wandered into a Phoenix chat room and Hubby started chatting me up. We talked online for a bit and then decided to meet for a lunch date. I know, scandalous!
We met up at a TGIFriday’s in Scottsdale that was half-way between both of our houses. I remember I was wearing a tight black sweater, black a-line skirt and black knee high boots. Totally hot right?! I was a fashion plate back in those days…sigh.
I found Hubby waiting for me so we went in and sat down. Over lunch we talked about our families and what had brought him from Iowa to Arizona. He had been a firefighter back in Iowa and was working on an ambulance now that he had moved here. Hello Mr Fireman! We had a great time on that date and decided to go out again. Our next date I had to cancel because I was sick, but instead of letting me cancel he offered to come over and just hang out with me. Our third date we went to the outlet mall, he wanted to look for a leather jacket. I will never forget this date. We were walking along, happy as you please when all of the sudden, he grabbed my hand! Horrors! I panicked. Seriously. I bolted across the mall to a store and ran inside, luckily it was a store that sold leather jackets so I could try to
hide play it off.
After that date, he moved back to Iowa and we didn’t talk much. A few months later, during the summer we started chatting on IM. Then we started talking on the phone, for like 3-4 hours at a time. He decided to come out and see me over Labor Day weekend. I picked him up at the airport and we went back to my parents house so my family could meet him. He tells this part of the story a little differently than I do. He claims it was like walking into an interrogation room with a chair in the center of the room and a giant spotlight on him and my dad, mom, brother, grandmother, aunt and cousins all sitting around the chair to grill him. I remember it this way, I brought him home to my parents house where everyone was waiting to meet him with a little party. Everyone loved him from the start though, and they can be a tough crowd to please. So that was saying something.
We hung out that weekend and when it was time to take him back to the airport I felt a little differently than I had when I picked him up. When he got out of the car at the curbside check in I got teary-eyed. As soon as he walked away I started bawling. What the hell was all this?! That is what I was thinking. I drove over to my friend’s house and she comforted me while I cried for FOUR hours!! Then we ate pizza and laid down to take a nap. When hubby called me to tell me he was home, he told me that when he walked in to the airport he got physically sick having to leave me. Hmm, interesting.
We continued to talk on the phone everyday for hours at a time until I went out to visit him over Halloween. He picked me up at the airport and took me back to his house in Mt Vernon, Iowa. Such an adorable little town. Anyway, he had planned a fantastic date for us that night so we got ready and headed out to a Greek restaurant for dinner. After that we went to a movie, We saw Mystic River with Sean Penn. Totally not a great date movie, btw! After that he took me to the fire station that he volunteered at in Mt Vernon. While we were there, he proposed with a gorgeous princess cut diamond ring. I of course said yes! While I was there, I met his mom and his best friends and tons of other people that he has known his entire life. It was really a great time.
After that, we started making wedding plans and moving plans. There was so much to do! Stay tuned next week for part 2!