So I realized that I haven’t really told the story of us since starting this blog. Below is the story we posted on our wedding website before we got married!
Where should I start… 🙂 Although we grew up in the same small town, JJ and I did not meet till the end of high school. Truth be told…when we did meet we didn’t really like each other. Well I take that back JJ had a great time picking on me and making fun of me, but I couldn’t stand him! 🙂 When JJ graduated he went to NC State. A year later I was heading there as well. Even though we were now in Raleigh, things did not change much, the teasing continued through out my freshmen year. By that summer our story would finally change! We realized how much fun we had together and how well we could actually get along! 🙂
For the next 2 and a half years we had our ups and downs. When I look back now, I realize we were both young, but yet it was during those times I came to understand that whether it was going to NC State games, hanging out with friends, or just watching TV, I loved every minute we shared together. During that time God was doing amazing things in our lives, (that we didn’t even realize He was doing). If there’s one thing JJ and I have come to understand it’s God has always been intimately working in our lives. When we first started dating JJ was running from the Lord and I had yet to experience what a personal relationship with Jesus Christ was really like. In January of ’06 JJ and I went to the Passion Conference in Nashville, TN. It was there that the Lord called JJ back to himself and for the first time in 21 years I truly understood what the Lord was calling me too. Two weeks later I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.
For the next year our relationship faced many trials, God was calling us as individuals not as a couple and in January of ’07 we broke up…what I thought was for good. For a year and a half we both did our own thing, keeping in touch occasionally. Then in March of 08, I heard JJ was graduating from the Police Academy and I just knew I needed to be there. A couple weeks later JJ invited me to a dinner that would change our lives. Although I would have never expected it was then that JJ told me he believed I was the woman he would marry. It would be an under-statement to say he caught me off guard. While I was not sure what the future held, he seemed confident that he knew what was ahead of us. For the next 4 months we spent time praying, hanging out, and getting to know each other all over again. In that time I saw the Godly man JJ had become and the man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. On August 1st we got back together and the rest is history! 🙂