In honor of our anniversary on Sunday, I thought I would share our story.
I first met my DSH in 1994 while I was home from college on Thanksgiving break. My home church was a church that was pastored by my DSH's brother only I didn't know that the pastor even had a brother until that weekend. We were introduced to each other and I said hello and went back to my seat not thinking anything of it. Later I was told that he just got saved and came from a background in drugs.
I went back to school (Messiah College) and got on with my life. At the time I had a great boyfriend and we did all sorts of things together. A couple weeks after thanksgiving, I received a phone call from my DSH. I thought that in itself was strange (since I basically blew him off at Thanksgiving) but talked to him anyway. He asked me if I would like to go to dinner with him when I was home for Christmas break. Here is what I thought, "I know I have a boyfriend, but he just became a christian so I should be nice to him. It's just dinner. It's not like it was a date or anything." So I agreed.
We decided to have dinner on Christmas eve at his niece's house. His niece is the pastor's daughter so I felt comfortable doing that because I knew her. We ate tacos and I had a great time with his family. After dinner my DSH asked if he could drive me home and look at Christmas lights on the way. I said sure. As we were driving, he asked me if I would go with him to Sight & Sound to see the Christmas production. I said yes (still just trying to be nice). He was relieved since he bought the tickets already.
We went on our second date on December 26th, 1994. On the way to the theater, we stopped at Isaac's and ate. While there he got me to try Earl Gray tea. I was never really a tea drinker but I have to admit that it was pretty good. (Since then though, I drink a lot to tea). During the show, he nonchalantly put his arm around me. At that moment, I knew I was supposed to marry him.
What about my boyfriend? Well, at that time, he was in Israel on a missions trip so I had no way of contacting him. So at the end of January when he got back he approached me and asked me what was going on. (some of his friends had filled him in on me seeing someone else.) It was not pretty but I prayed that God would send a wonderful loving person into his life because I was not it for him.
We got engaged in February of 1995. We were visiting his family and he took me into his bedroom, got down on one knee and proposed. I, of course, said yes.
As we were trying to decide on a date for the wedding we decided we wanted to go to Creation together. My parents wouldn't let me go with him without a chaperon because they thought we would do something unmarried people shouldn't be doing. So we chose the date of June 24, 1995 which was the Saturday before Creation. Yes, we got married so we could go to creation together. And I noticed that we were getting married on the 6 month anniversary of our first date.
That year 1995, Creation was cancelled due to too much rain. Since Creation was supposed to be our honeymoon, we decided to have a nice relaxing time doing day trips instead.
To sum it up...We met and married in six months and it has been a wonderful 12 years since then!