Justin and I often get asked questions about our relationship. How long we have been together, how was going through a year long distance relationship, how is it being married? It is quite fun reminiscing about us and telling our stories, but one story I will never forget happened on September 16, 2010.
Now let's jump back to June of that same year. We had been together for almost 2 years, and were starting to go through a rough spot. Arguing and fighting about the littlest (Justin loves it when I use this word) of things and it started to take it's toll on us as a couple. When everything we tried wasn't working, we decided that we would split up. I was such a mess. It was so hard doing something that we both really did not want to do. We knew that in our hearts, we needed time a part and time with God.
This was the summer I was going to Moscow, Russia for Camp Adventure. I knew I had to pick myself up and get on with my life because I was about to take the trip of a lifetime. I went to Russia and had a complete blast! I met some amazing people and got to hang out with some amazing kids. I grew as a woman of God. I definitely came back a stronger person and woman because of my trip.
Of course the first person I wanted to see when I got back was Justin. But, I didn't see him until a few days after. I was starting to live life without him. I was starting to learn with out him. We were growing a little bit a part. In my heart of hearts, I wanted to be with Justin, but I just didn't know if that is what God had planned. I told Justin that I thought we needed to fully let go of each other; phone, texting, facebook, everything. It was one of the hardest conversations that I've ever had.
Weeks went by, school started and so did volleyball. I got busy, made some new friends, and hanging out with other people. I don't think Justin liked to know that I was starting to move on. His texts started getting more frequent, he wrote me letters and put them on my car, he packed me snacks for my volleyball road trips, everything a girl loves to hear and see. My heart starting coming back to him. I remembered what it was like to have him as mine. And I missed that feeling.
Justin officially asked me out on a date on September 16th and I of course could not say no. I put on a little black dress and some black heels, and waited for him to pick me up. Justin pulled up to my bright orange duplex in his Volkswagen Bus and my little heart started pounding. We went to dinner, Lucky Noodle, one of my favorite spots in Eugene. Then he drove us up to "our spot" which overlooks almost the entire city. It is so beautiful up there.
As we parked the car, he pressed play on the cd player. Leaving the headlight on, he opened my door, took me by the hand, and asked me to dance. This was the first time in 2 years that he had asked me to dance. I listened closely to the song and it was the song I told him a long time ago I wanted to dance to; I'll Be by Edwin McCain. Right there in front of everybody, we danced.