October 30th, 2000. I was 17, he was 18 and after 5 months of being just friends we were going to Starbucks to talk about our goals and desires and to see what the Lord had for us, together. I still to this day remember what I was wearing. I remember the excitement that I felt and the nervousness deep inside. He picked me up while it was almost dark and he drove me to the Starbucks near my house, the same Starbucks that 7 years later we would stop off at to grab a drink before he proposed to me. We stood in line, I ordered a caramel apple cider and he called his friend David to see what drink it was that he liked, we weren't exactly Starbucks connoisseurs at this point .
We sat in cushy chairs with a table in between us, sipping our drinks, Bible in hand. We chatted for a little while and then his face went blank. His best friend, Jon, and a girl who had a crush on Dirk, walked into Starbucks. You could see the horror on poor Jon's face as he had no idea that this was the Starbucks we'd be at. We made a quick recovery and got back to spending time together. Dirk shared that, since we were both in our senior years of high school, he wasn't ready to make a commitment to officially date but that he wanted us to seek the Lord and find what the Lord had for us. That we would remain "just friends." While, we both knew we were more than that, he emphasized that the title of boyfriend and girlfriend are for other people, we knew where we stood with each other and we were to wait on the Lord to show us His direction. I remember being completely baffled. I couldn't believe that I was sitting with an incredibly attractive guy who was so focused on what God wanted. He shared with me a verse that would later be printed on our wedding invitations, Psalm 37:4, "Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart."
It was such an amazing beginning to our relationship. We surely had A LOT of hills, mountains and valleys in our relationship over the next 6 1/2 years before we got married but 9 years later here we are. I love him more today than I did yesterday. We are truly best friends. We have more inside jokes than can be remembered. Sometimes we're corny and sometimes we're serious. When one of us is down the other one feels it. We are connected in a way that is unreal to me. Life doesn't always bring us smiles but as long as we're with each other and focusing on the Lord, we make it through.
I am so blessed to be married to the most amazing husband. He encourages me to keep up the fight, he comforts me when I'm down and puts me back together when I'm falling apart. I am so thankful that Lord has brought us through so many trials, only to make us stronger. I am abundantly blessed.