Friday, February 14, 2014

Our Love Story

I am married to my best friend, my love, my everything. JoJo has been a solid foundation for the kids and I for the last 6 1/2 years. I really cannot imagine a life without him. So with it being Valentine's Day and all, I thought it appropriate to share our love story and where it all begin...



Our story started 18 years ago when I was 10 and he was 14. Our families went to the same church and became pretty good friends.  He and my brother were about the same age and ran around with the same group of guys in the youth group. Needless to say, we were around each other... a lot! Not only did we go on several missions trips together, but our families vacationed together in Mexico...  Sounds like a love story in the making, right?



WRONG. You see, at the time, having a gap of four years in age made a HUGE difference. I was a little girl and he was a high school boy. I thought he was "too cool for school" and he saw me as "the little sister." It's funny because I remember liking all of my brother's friends, BUT JoJo. To this day, I couldn't really tell you WHY I didn't like him, I just didn't. It probably didn't help that he dated my best friend at the time.... Either way, there was no doubt that NEITHER of us were interested in the other.

He left for college and it was definitely one of those "out of sight, out of mind" situations. I never thought about him again...

That is... until 7 years later when he re-entered my life...

It was Father's Day of 2007. He was living in New York at the time, but had come back to Colorado to do some work with a few startup companies. His family had headed up to South Dakota for the weekend to visit family, but JoJo decided not to go. Having really nothing to do, he called my brother and decided to go golfing with my family on Father's Day.. And that my friends, is when everything changed. It was the first time I had seen him in years, and it was the first time I had looked at him like THAT... EVER! I actually shocked myself. I could not believe that I was attracted to... JoJo! I mean, JoJo?! Never saw that one coming.

Long story short, for the next few weeks I saw him, a lot. He went golfing with us a few times, visited our church, and was doing some work with my dad. And every time I saw him, the attraction kept growing. I remember there was one time he went to sit next to me on the couch and brushed my hand and the butterflies were OUT OF CONTROL. I knew right then and there that I was hooked. I liked this guy and those feelings weren't going anywhere.

I was completely unsure of myself and what would happen because he was living in New York still and I had just gotten out of a long-term relationship (which JoJo thought I was still in) and I had no desire to jump back into one. And in my mind, I thought he may just be looking at me like "the little sister."

But all that changed with one phone call...

I was leaving work checking my voicemail and was completely floored when I heard JoJo's voice asking me to go to dinner. I was in such disbelief that he was calling me, that I actually started doubting everything. So much so, that my mom had to convince me to go out with him... and I'm so glad she did.  I ended up having a amazing time and really started to get to know who he was, not who I THOUGHT he was when I was 10!

But the reality was that he was still living in New York. So after a couple of "getting to know you dates," he had to head back. We had no idea what would happen between us, but we spent the next few weeks talking on the phone for hours at a time. It was my favorite time of the day... Our conversations were always easy and amazing. But my favorite one was when he told me he was moving back to Colorado. It was just confirmation that what I was feeling was real and we were going to have our conversations forever...


After a few months of officially dating, he proposed in the most romantic way (which may have to be a blog on its own). Of course I said yes. Eight months later we were married and the last 5 1/2 years have been better than I ever could have imagined.


I love you JoJo. Thank you for always supporting me in everything I do. You are an amazing husband, a wonderful father and the man of my dreams. So blessed that I get to grow old with you...