Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Fourteen Years

My mom told me I had to ask my dad to go out on a date with this one particular boy (instead of just giving me the green light on her own). I'm not really sure why, I guess it was because she didn't know the family and was hesitant. Dad, on the other hand, remembered having the boy in question during study hall. Since all judgment was always based on how a student acted during class, my dad said yes. Luckily, this boy was a good student.

We weren't even going to go on our own. His dad was throwing horseshoes at the State Fair in Sedalia, Missouri, and his family said I could go with them. It was exciting for me, I'd known him for about eight months, and our time had finally arrived. We were going to go on our first date.

It was August 17, 1996.

I drove to his house that morning, and I finally got to meet his parents. Over the course of several weeks, I had heard his mom's voice on the phone when she would answer (oh, but I wasn't supposed to call boys...this was always the, "Hey, call me back," trick). She was sweet and quiet. In contrast, his dad was a funny, talkative guy. The ice breaker on the trip was poking his dad on the side so he would jump in fear, it always caught him by surprise.

As we pulled up to the entrance, the person taking money for the tickets looked into the car, saw the four of us, and asked, "So, is that three adults and one child?" Talk about an ego deflater for a young guy. That meant my date looked 12! I pretended not to hear it, it didn't matter to me what someone else thought.















We held hands and walked throughout the fair. We rode the rides. We saw the exhibits. We watched his dad throw horseshoes and receive third place! When it came time to leave, we drove to Pizza Hut for dinner. I knew this family had good taste right from the start.




















Fourteen years later, I still go to Pizza Hut with them from time to time. Usually they take our entire family, sometimes they'll just take the kids!

I love you, Josh. I remember our first date like it was yesterday. All these years have gone by and you still love me like the giddy, 15-year-old boy you once were. Thank you for being the best husband to me and the best father to our children. Could we have ever imagined what fourteen years into the future would look like?












I think it looks perfect.


16 comments:

kimberly said...

That is truely an awesome story! I love high school sweetheart stories. Congrats!

Mrs. Haid said...

I might have maybe cried just a little during that story.

How touching!

Kelsey said...

Congrats Chrissy and Josh! No small feat. John and I will celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary on Thursday, although when we got married we actually said our vows on the 17th. Long story but since we didn't get to sign the license until the 19th that is when we celebrate our anniversary. Blah blah enough about me.

Lora Lynn @ Vitafamiliae said...

Awwww. So sweet. I popped over from Hip Homeschool Moms! Happy anniversary!

This Daddy said...

Yeah, that is a great story. Im happy for both of you. Josh outkicked his coverage, outshot his range. Above and beyond. Damn dude, how did you get so lucky. I do believe that you have on some old Kemps and a Sonics jersey. I was glad that Chrissy didnt wear glasses back then. Seriously, I love good love stories and you two look awesome together. Happy Anni. to you both.

Aleta said...

What a sweet story! Love the pictures that you added along with it!

Cameron said...

This is such a great story! Congratulations!!!

Kelly @ Blessed Mommy, Blessed Wife said...

How sweet!! My parents were high school sweethearts and I love seeing the old pictures similar to yours. It must be so much fun for you to remember those early days and see where you're at now. Thanks for sharing!

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Cheryl Sybert said...

Congrats Guys!! What a sweet post! When Steve and I dated I remember following his dad all over and watching him play horseshoes. They are a wonderful family and you are all lucky to have each other!! Happy FIRST DATE Anniversary!!

Ashley Pichea said...

How sweet! Isn't it funny, the details we remember in full from that first date, and we can't remember if we ate breakfast this morning! Happy "first date" anniversary! May there be many more dates in your future!

Just Bits and Pieces said...

Beautiful story!!!

Jessica said...

Congrats on 14 years together! I love that last pictures of you guys! All of them were cute though...love hearing old stories like that!

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Karen said...

Very sweet! What a blessing to have met the love of your life as a teenager. I love all the photos you included of the two of you.

The Mommy said...

Oh that's lovely! Congratulations! That's such a beautiful story!

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