Our first memories…
Tim and I began ‘dating’ in December of 2001. It didn’t take us very long to fall in love, and goodness did I ever fall. I should mention, he was the boy next door. Living beside one another for several years we always had casual run-ins from time to time. Well, I’ll have to say, most of those moments were staged… like the times Tim would park his truck half-way down his driveway so that he wouldn’t get it dirty. The times he would walk down to his truck and clean it out. Or the times that I would drive my sisters’ gold Stanza up and down the driveway, hoping that he would be coming home or going out. Or even the times that I would run my ‘cross country trail’ for hours on end just waiting for him to drive by. Oh my, the stories I could tell. The stories my family and friends could tell. We first locked eyes a few years prior to becoming neighbors, but the timing just wasn’t right. I was 13 and he was 18 which meant no way. Oh but God had it all planned out. We just didn’t know it then.
We Became Friends
Our occasional chats led to card games at my house and snowy days of sledding at his. We became good friends. But those fun times faded… I was in high school, Tim had graduated, and life took us in different directions. I didn’t forget Tim. When I think back on it now, God had already put that love in my heart for Tim way back then. Even though we didn’t talk to each other anymore, I always watched for him just as I had years ago. He was still in my heart. So many weekend nights, when I knew he was ‘out,’ I would keep my bedroom light on. I would wait for just the right moment for him to pass by my house. I would wait and cut the light off just as he would pass my bedroom window, hoping that he would see it and think, “Did she wait up for me?” Crazy to some, but I cared for him then.
Our paths crossed again…
A year or so passed, I was a Junior in high school and Tim was busy working. We had mutual friends that ended up up setting us up to go on a date. I know, seriously, after all our past? It really took outside sources to get us together? We managed to go on a date after endless weeks of our friends trying to get us together. The date was AWFUL!!! It was the worst date. On our way home, Tim told me that he wasn’t feeling well and he needed to get home. Of course, I took that as he didn’t like me. As he pulled in my driveway to let me out, I was opening my door to get out. I was getting out of there! I can laugh about it now, but I was so mad! When I tell this story, Tim always says, “Yep, and I was trying to tell her bye and she was already gone.” So, needless to say, my heart was broken. He didn’t call, and of course, I would have never called him!
A couple weeks had passed and still no call from Tim. I had stopped at D & D, our local gas station, to get some gas. I pumped my gas and went inside to pay. Lo and behold, as I’m standing in line to pay, guess who walks in the door? Yep, it was him. Tim. Panic set in. What in the world was I going to say to him? He smiled at me as made his way to get in line behind me. He greeted me and I replied. So awkward. With my back turned to him, out of nowhere, right in front of all those people, Tim said ‘So, do you want to go out again?’ From that day, we never let each other go.
My forever came on New Year’s Eve
Over the following four years our love busted at the seams. We made so many lasting memories in those years. As time passed, I didn’t think Tim was ever going to propose. Every holiday, birthday, special event, I waited for a ring. In 2005, after the disappointment had subsided of not having a Christmas engagement, he proposed on New Year’s Eve. What began as a simple night with a quick dinner at Pizza Hut, ended with the biggest surprise of my life. On our way home, as we passed by the rock house on Dillingham road, he proposed. We had discussed marriage so many time before, so when he asked the question of what I thought about being his wife, I didn’t think much of it. It was more of an after thought. I thought for a couple seconds to myself… Why did he ask me that question? He knows I want to marry him. And as I looked over to question him, the moon-lite was just enough for me to spot the sparkle of the ring on his finger. Without hesitation, I said yes. He had successfully managed to surprise me after all those years. We set the date that night for February 25, 2006. Yes, we were married less than 2 months later…
I finally got my forever, the one who always had my heart.