June 15th was the 9th anniversary of our first date! Sigh. I can’t believe it’s been 9 years already. David was only 21 back then and I was 19! He used to tease me and call me a teeny bopper. Take a trip back with me if you will to the summer of 1999…gas was dirt cheap (as low as $0.75/gallon on Fort Riley), the economy was good, and I was on cloud 9! That was probably the best summer I’ve ever had. Who knew six months from that time we’d be hitched? On our first date, David picked me up in his Nissan Stanza. That car had definitely seen better days. :o) It leaked some sort of fluid all the time and couldn’t go too fast without being really loud. But it got us from point A to point B most of the time and that’s the important thing! I was SO nervous that day and my stepmom was trying to calm me down a bit, to no avail. Anyway, he picked me up and we went to Subway and then after that to the park to eat. I was too nervous to eat anything, only taking a few bits of my 6″ sub while David snarfed down his 12″ sub! It wasn’t until I got back home that I realized how hungry I was. After that day, we slowly got to know each other more, a lot of the time staying up way too late talking on the front porch. That was so fun. And that was the very beginning of our relationship. It truly has been a blessing all along. Of course we’ve had some difficulties, but David loves me so much and shows me all the time. He loves our children as well and is a good daddy. I am very thankful for him. It is fun to think about that first summer we were together. It seems so far away but just like a blink at the same time. When I was dealing with fussy babies, changing diapers, teething, sleepless nights, tight finances, and all that, sometimes I would wish to go back to that time when I didn’t have all the responsibility that I do now, all of the cares and issues that accompany being a mother and a wife. But, I can’t go back, and there really is no use in thinking those thoughts. I strive to be content with the day that God has given me.
And that’s all folks. Until next time, adieu.