The next morning after our 1st date, we emailed each other saying how we both had enjoyed the date and we both asked what our first impressions of each other were. Obviously they were both positive, since 2 years later – we are still together. We didn’t end up working it out to go on our 2nd date for almost a month. Our 2nd date was on Wednesday March 20th, 2013. We ended up going to San Jose (local mexican food), and then headed to Target & World Market. We held hands and he kissed me randomly in Target, on one of the toy aisles. I knew then laughing with him in Target that I was falling hard for him. I hadn’t felt that secure and happy in a very long time.
The next day on March 21st, we texted off and on all day. I sent him a text that said “so after 2 dates and countless hours on the phone & talking online, do you think we should make it official?”. He immediately sent me a text back that said “hold on” and my heart dropped – OMG, he doesn’t want to, how humilating!. My phone then rang and it was him. I contemplated not answering…..but I did. He said “hey” like he always does and I immediately apologized for the text and started to say that I understood and he cut me off and said “I just didn’t want to do it over text” and somehow in the next 5 minutes of conversation we decided to “make it official” and began this journey.
And of course, we made it facebook official…LOL
And our friends & family went crazy with happiness. It was really sweet the number of messages, likes and texts I got following that post!
We often joke that he is the quiet to my crazy, whereas I have a larger personality, and I tend to be a little louder – he is quiet and more reserved. We balance each other. He handles my insecurities, my anxiety and my “crazy” with grace and his sweet personality. He often tells me everything will work out, and I often don’t believe him, but secretly, I know he is right (ssshhh…don’t tell him I said that!). He was my rock when my job was eliminated in athletics, and I had to move onto a new one. He has never once given up on me, even when I want to give up on myself.
We will never say that our relationship is perfect, or without flaws & troubles – because lets face it, nothing is ever perfect. Have we had some rocky weeks – yes. Have I questioned everything a time or two – I am willing to admit yes. However, I will quickly tell you that I will fight for our relationship, and I hope that Patrick can say the same. We have both been married before, and we know what we do and don’t want. We agree that we are a team, and that our relationship is going to take work – and we are both willing to work for it.
I look forward to millions more kisses, hundreds of road trips playing silly games, sideways glances and punch-a-bug. I look forward to dozens more ball games, late dinners, and lunches on the run. I look forward to quiet evenings on the couch, and screaming gamedays at Williams-Brice. I look forward to dance recitals, baseball practice, school award days and watching you hold hands with our kids. With kids ranging from 5 to 13, we have a lot of years of school left! Thank you for converting me to a Gamecock, to introducing me to your family, and taking me to my first college football game. Thank you for ALWAYS including my children, and for allowing me to be such a big part of Braydens life.
I cannot thank you enough for the happy you have brought to my life. I look forward to the day when we can finally formally blend our families, and be able to come home to each other everyday. And I look forward to waking up to you for the rest of my life.