In January 2014, I was a college freshman. I was into all things theater, loved going on spontaneous adventures, and enjoyed chocolate milk. Oh, and I was dating this guy named Jeff.
Jeffrey was different then any guy I had ever met. Creativity seemed to seep out of him, and his passions, his dreams, were so contagious. I knew from the beginning of our friendship that we would be friends forever- but I didn’t expect to marry him, let alone within a few short months!
But I’m getting ahead of myself. January 21st, 2014. Jeff + I took advantage of a long weekend at school to travel up to South Carolina. I loved our long drives together- they were spontaneous, adventurous. Already life with Jeffrey felt like a fairy-tale. And, the final night we were up there, he got down on one knee and asked me to grow old with him.
Of course yes!
Since then, the ride has been crazy. In the first year, we moved four times- from Florida to SC, from apartment to the next, to a temporary one-room solution, to our Tiny House. We started a business, built our dream home, and had a baby. I’ve got to watch Jeff grow incredibly. He’s transformed from a starry-eyed kid who couldn’t keep a job (no offense, love) to a romantic husband and business owner who faithfully works and provides for his family.
I never expected any of this to happen. I remember my assumptions well. We would stay in Florida, close to my family of course, Jeff would work a 9-5 and I’d pick up something part-time while I finished my degree. But I am oh so glad that the path I often would choose for myself and my family isn’t the one God has laid out.
Two years seems like such a long time- but in reality it’s oh so short. We’re still basically ‘newlyweds’, when compared to 7, 15, even 30 years other couples are together. And I am excited to continue to grow with him daily for more years to come.
I know that saying ‘yes’ to Jeffrey that night two years ago wasn’t a one time occasion, but a choice I make daily. Yes, I will love you through hurt, I will love you through devastation and hardship, I will love you when my own heart can hardly love itself. It’s not easy, by any means, but it is easily the most worthwhile thing I could ever say yes to.