That's how old I'm going to turn this month.
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 high tops.
It was the late 80's, people.
I wore jeans with the waist band that rolled over.
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.
Asking a girl out.
A blessed marriage.
Four amazing kiddos on earth.
And one in heaven.
A fingerprint of God.
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.
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