I don't share a whole lot of personal history on this young bloggy, but in the spirit of January 13th, Jerdy and I's 7th anniversary together (holy shit!), I thought I'd share our story.
Sheesh, where to begin...... 7 years ago, oh my.
Well, we met on January 13th, 2006. Friday the 13th to be exact. I had just turned 24 and Jared 23. Robbin the cradle, I know. :) A good friend of mine was having a birthday at a super divey chinese restaurant bar. Super classy. I was there, and he showed up with a coworker of my friend's. I like to think that to him, it was love at first sight, because he tried to talk to me aaaaaaaaaaalll night! I had just gotten out of a really horrible relationship, and was NOT into any dudes. Sorry Jerdy. Anyways... after several drinks and much more skipping around town that I won't go into to, we shared a kiss. Lucky guy!
It seemed that after that we were inseparable. We fell in love almost immediately. Gosh it was great, just being young and happy and in love. The pic above was us in the very first stages. Look at how young he looks! And how happy I look. :)
Just had to throw this chess one in. ha!
We had so so much fun for 2 years, until we hit a wall, and it got confusing and rocky. I now realize that we were having quite a late 20s crisis, although at the time that didn't occur to us. We were getting older, and things seemed to be happening so fast and we couldn't slow it down. For any of you ladies in your thirties, I'm sure you've been there. That ticking clock that drives you mad. Neither of us were ready for the next step. Well...... we broke up. For 4 months. Holy moly it was rough. One of the hardest times of my life. I missed him, so much. Apparently he did too, and he began to email me and contact me, and I ignored him at first. But he kept on it, until we ran into each other one night and became inseparable again. He immediately went to Europe for 3 months when we got back together. What are we crazy???? Yes, I suppose so. All I knew in that time was that when we were together, he made me the happiest woman alive. We could last 3 months apart after 4 months apart right? He didn't give up, and neither did I. And I love him for that, among other things.
We moved in together 4 years after we met. And oh my gosh was it hard. Why are relationships so much work???? We knew, though, that we were supposed to stick it out, and learn to communicate. We are so in love, we two, and we had already tried the whole being apart thing. It just doesn't suit us. :)
I have always been one of those girls that said she'd never get married. EVER. I'm not a religious person, and I am very independent, so it just seemed ridiculous in my head. Jared was on board with this idea, since it wasn't commitment I was afraid of, it was conventionalism, I think. But then, the idea started to grow on us. We started to talk about it and little smiles would grow on our faces. Whenever I thought of marrying Jared, I got a little choked up. So, I asked him, via text message, out of the blue one day, if he would marry me. I KNOW! I KNOW! So stupid and unromantic of me, but for some reason I was so nervous and akward about it. Still am. He immediately called me and asked me if I was having a bit of a freak out, and then told me he wanted to ask me "properly" (whatever that means), with a ring. How Downton Abbey of him huh???!!! I secretly loved it though. :)
1 month later, we were engaged! With a ring and everything. Who'd have thought?
So, this is us now. I get to marry my best friend, and the coolest, kindest, best man I've ever met.
Love you Jerdy. For reals.