Today marked 3 years that Jen and I have been together! Crazy to think that three years has passed so quickly. Every day is another exciting adventure but sometimes it still takes me aback how far we have come!
Three years ago we were travelling home from Mississippi, we went there on a missions trip with a group from my church. Some of you may not know this, but I never actually asked Jen to be my girlfriend! Crazy right? Roughly the six months before we started dating we became very close friends and many people commented on how we made a good couple, or that we should start dating. We really enjoyed being good friends though and we had lots of fun as friends!We went on a few “outings”, as we called them, anyone else would have called them a date, but we were just friends. We spent many late nights chatting on MSN Messenger, sometimes about trivial things for a while I actually talked to Jen asking for advice about other girls. She was very unbiased and always tried to not reveal her true feelings that way. Little did we know that our lives were already on a path to somewhere neither of us could have guessed at that time.
It took a while for me to actually realize how much I valued and appreciated Jen, what can I say, I was young and stupid! As I look back now, I can not believe how naive I was! It just took some time and then it finally clicked, it was one night after youth group. The discussion that night, at youth, was on dating and relationships, how convenient! Afterwards I walked Jen to her car, as I usually did, and we stood that shooting the breeze in the cold trying to not seem cold!
When I got home, I went on my computer and within a few minutes Jen was on MSN. So we talked, and talked. That night we talked for many hours and stayed up late discussing relationships and we both agreed that our next relationships would not be taken lightly, they would be preparing us for marriage. I think we both knew at this point we were going to be that next relationship.
It took a few more weeks, but on that long ride home from Mississippi we watched a movie and then just sat together as the credits played and I grabbed her hand through the afghan we were sharing and we just held hands. Nobody said anything because we both knew we were ready to start dating and it just felt natural.
Now here we are three years later and we are buying furniture to furnish our first apartment and loving everyday we get to spend together! Our wedding is just less than three months away and it is very exciting thinking of all the things in store for us in the next three years and even further!