So I was cleaning this (crazy) room today and was coming across all sorts of memories. There were notes from when we were dating, cards from when we just got married, and letters and handmade things from when we just had two little babies (True and Brave), and there were lots of and lots of old pictures. These two particular snapshots feel like ages ago.
The above photo is from when we barely started dating. It was June and we had only been "officially" dating for a month when he took me home to spend time with his family in San Antonio. I was barely 20 and he was was 27, there were so many butterflies and a lot of flirting. Lots. It was on that trip to visit his family that I knew I loved him. Just watching him interact with his parents and his sister made me fall for this guy even more. I remember one night when he tucked me in bed before he went to his own room, I told him, "I'm enamored with you." He tells me later that when he got to his room, he looked that word up in the dictionary, and then couldn't sleep. I was seriously enamored. Still am.
The next picture was a year later when he went on a weekend trip to Palm Springs with my family. I don't remember much from the trip except that when we out during the day, he'd stay in the hotel to study. He was in grad school the whole time we were dating, so our 3 years of dating (and first year of marriage) involved a lot of study dates.
We definitely have the look of young love in those pictures. Now, it's about 10 years later and I'm hoping we still have the look of love, but it's obviously a bit more mature and with 4 kids thrown in the mix, we probably look more like crazy love. Yup. Crazy love is probably more like it. Anyways, I loved how my cleaning took me down a trip through memory lane. I always love remembering the beginning stories of Ben and me.
If you ever heard me tell it in person, you'd think I was crazy for how head over heels I was from the moment I met him. I know we started writing our "little love story" a few years ago and never finished. We should really get on that for recording memory's sake, but when we keep adding to our brood, it gets harder to keep up with certain things. If you want to read what we have up so far, you can check this post out (and there are links to other parts on the bottom). Maybe we can eventually get back to finishing that someday.
Since we're on the topic of love, a reader, Eunie, emailed me sharing her story and it was so sweet. I watched the video of her engagement and got all teary. Ben had a really good and surprising proposal, so I love when a guy dips into his creativity to bust out something wonderful for the woman he loves. Eunie and her fiance, Eddie, are entered in a contest to win a couture wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses, groomsmen tuxedos, shoes, as well as a professional videographer! We all know that weddings can be pretty costly these days and these two seem so sweet that I wanted to share it with all of you. Seriously, watching the proposal video will make you smile and if you feel so inclined, I'm sure they would appreciate your votes over here! You can also check out their engagement sweet and simple engagement photos here (and her booties are fabulous!). I've always been thankful for when you all have cast your vote in for me for some sort of contest and I would love it if we could help out this sweet couple. Check out their story and cast your votes here! They're in 4th place, but let's get them to the top (it ends on friday)! Thanks friends!