|Feb 2008, Washington State|
Our journey to marriage
As promised…the FFPMaMMa & her man…how they met & how he popped the question. The events that led up to this picture:
MM and I first saw each other at a singles group at a church I had previously attended and still had many friends there. We didn’t meet, but I remember seeing him, and according to him, he remembered me too. We officially met for the first time at a friends home in July 2005. A mutual friend would have people over to her home on a weekly basis for dinner. I was not part of the group, however it was usually the norm for people to bring a guest…that was me!
That night we found out that we were both going to be participating in a small group together during the fall. A group that covered finances from a biblical perspective.I knew two people in this group, and no one else. Today I am blessed to call these people very close friends. It was perfect timing for me to be involved in a group again as I had been in a place of taking a break from being involved with people….too many people. Have you ever been in that place? Relationships being life-draining? Oh my… I was empty! So this timing was perfect.
MM became a good friend. He worked for a local trash company as a driver so he had VERY EARLY mornings. I would get up and work out in the mornings, but being so tired, he told me to call him on my way to the gym so that I would be prepped and hyped to work out. While this was not a daily routine, it was quite often. We established a friendship from there. Christmas 2005 I began to notice a change in our conversations. I began to be a bit more vulnerable in topics and that “tug” on the heart began to start feeling again (notice I said again… twice before I thought I had met “my man”…thank GOD I was WRONG!).
Christmas Eve I invited some friends to my parents home for dessert. MM happened to be one of these people (which was not unusual…there were a few other guys there). As I said good-bye he gave me a hug (again…not unusual!). My friend happened to be watching and she asked me “what’s up with that…that was a H.U.G!”.
“huh?….what are you talking about”
“hmmmm….that was more than just a friend hug”
Oh dang! The seed was planted… was it more than a “friend” hug? DOH!
What I had already decided I would do differently (should I meet someone again) this round… let the man lead. I’ve never been good at that (at least I hadn’t been in the past).
I didn’t have to wait long…and neither will you
stay tuned for part deux!