September 09, 2011


That's how old I'm going to turn this month.
Not really.
I wouldn't want to go back that far.
28 sounds good.
Even 34 sounds good at this point.

Here's really what 22 means to me today.
On this day.
Twenty-two years ago.
Ryan and I went on our first date.
To the state fair.

That is hard to wrap my brain around.
Twenty-two years ago?

When he ask me out way back then,
I remember thinking to myself:
What can one date hurt?

We attended a small Christian school.
Where everyone knew everything.
A couple days after our date
one of our classmates said to me:
I suppose you'll be going to the Winter banquet with Ryan.
I remember looking at him and saying:
That's 3 months away!
I don't know who I'll be going with.

Well...turns out I went with Ryan.
To that banquet.
And every one after that the next 2 years.

We don't always celebrate this day.
Matter of fact, some years it's gone by without us noticing.
But the past few days
I've been thinking about that first date a lot.

How I twisted my ankle the day before.
But didn't want to miss the date.
So I hobbled all over the fair.

How cute he looked walking up the sidewalk.
To meet my parents for the first time.
Wearing a pink polo.
And jeans.
And high tops.
It was the late 80's, people.
I wore jeans with the waist band that rolled over.
Remember those?
Tapered leg.
Kinda' stonewashed.
And a bright green shirt.
With shoulder pads.
Oh, wish I had a picture.

How I wanted him to hold my hand.
But he didn't until we got back that evening.
And went for a little walk around our neighborhood.

I may not have a picture of our first date.
But I do have one of our first banquet.That's my brother on the right.
He had to ride with us to the banquet.
He was a freshman.
It was horrible.
He played with the electric windows and locks on the car.
The entire way to the banquet.
He thought he was funny.
I was mortified.
Ryan thought he was funny too.
That did not help.

22 years ago.
A boy.
Asking a girl out.
A girl.
Saying yes.

The result.
A blessed marriage.
Four amazing kiddos on earth.
And one in heaven.
A family.

A fingerprint of God.

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,”
declares the LORD,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.

Each week Beki at therustedchain hosts Fingerprint Friday and uses a song by Steven Curtis Chapman as a springboard. Join in. It's a great way to be reminded of God's presence.


Bethe77 said...

What a beautiful cherished memory you ahve shared with us. The love that started that day so many years ago. You are surely blessed with teh finger prints of Gods love.

MICHELE said...

bahahaha I am laughing. You had the PERFECT banquet dress. Oh the good ole Berean days. And so Berean to plan our weddings after one date...guess for you it worked out. :) Good memory.

Danielle said...

Love this post! I still can't believe how much Brookie looks like you. You two were just too stinkin cute! I'm pretty sure I won't post any of my pics from the 80s :)

Chad and Jody said...

I LOVE This post! And wow does Brooklyn look like you! Very fun to read.

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

This is so sweet! And I snorted out loud when I saw that dress. Ha! I'm positive I had the same one. But mine probably didn't come with the lace V in front... my mom probably stitched it on.

Amy said...

Somehow I missed this post when you first posted it!! I LOVE this!! You two were (and still are!) so cute together!