Wednesday, March 10, 2010

It's Our 20th Anniversary!

20 years ago today, Nathan and I began our journey together as husband and wife. Here we are, on that same road 20 years later. What a ride it has been!

I met Nathan when I was 16. He saw me walk into a dance place in Salt Lake City with my brother and some friends and was completely smitten by my hotness. He watched me for a while. After whiping the drool off of his chin, he got up the courage to ask me if I wanted to dance. I had no first impressions of Nathan. He was just a guy who asked me to dance. I said "Yes". That was the beginning of the ride.

Nathan was a lot of fun to be with. He made me laugh. He was looking at his future with me in it. I was looking at the test I needed to take the next day. I was just a kid.

He was always there for me and he wanted me to know it. He was determined that I was going to notice him.

He went on his mission 6 months after we met. His mission allowed me to experience what it was like to be without stunk.

Then he came home. He was even more devoted to me than before. I was 19. I was very confused and didn't know what I wanted. I complained and whined to everyone about how I did NOT want to marry him. Nathan was a great friend. I loved him, but didn't want anything serious. But he wanted me. It was as simple as that.

He was a determined guy. When he wanted something, he worked hard to get it. And he always got what he wanted. He was very persistant! I was the one he wanted. He had a lot of faith that I would come around.

After a couple of years and about a dozen proposals later, I just couldn't take it anymore. Enough was enough. So we made a deal: we would leave each other alone and not speak to each other for one week. I would fast and pray to see what the Lord's will was for me. If I didn't want to marry him after the week, then we would walk away from each other's lives forever.

I was at work a few days later and deep in my thoughts. I was a wreck. I needed some answers right then and there. I knelt down at a chair in one of the offices and plead for answers. Almost immediately I was overcome by a feeling of love for Nathan. The deepest love I have ever felt for anyone in my life. I was a changed woman. I was exstatic.

I loved him! I wanted to spend the rest of eternity with him. I wanted to get up on the highest mountain and shout out, "I LOVE YOU NATHAN AND I DO WANT TO MARRY YOU". When I did shout out, everyone thought I had lost my mind. They would say things like, "I thought you didn't like him." or "Are you serious? Are you sure he didn't just wear you down?"

I was sure! I was now unstoppable! Nothing was going to get in my way of marrying that man!

We were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple! It was March 10, 1990. I remember there were a lot of 10s that day....It was the 10th; We were the 10th couple to be married that day; and we were married at 10:10 a.m. 10 became sort of our lucky number. Nathan had the number 10 put on his license plate and the house number we bought just before we got married was 1036. That was about the end of our luck with the number 10.

Here we are at our wedding reception...don't ya just love the mullet? Nathan's mom made that wedding cake. It was the most beautiful wedding cake and 4 tiers!!!

Here is the house we bought. I should tell you about our wedding night in that house. I'll save it for another post. I will keep it rated G.

There was three concerns we had when we got married. 1. I worked full time and went to school full time, so we never saw each other. We missed each other terribly. 2. We gutted the house we bought. Yes, we gutted it! Tore down the walls and the ceiling and tore out the bathroom. We brushed our teeth in the kitchen sink and used a toilet in the basement...just a toilet. There was no door or walls for privacy. We jumped into this marriage with both feet. I don't remember what we did for a shower. What can I say, we were young and dumb. 3. We didn't have the money to put it back together as fast as we wanted. We actually didn't finish it completely until after we moved to the house we are living at now. Fourteen years later!

Here was the house when we were finally done!

Our lives are completely different than it was 20 years ago. We spend a lot of time together and we have no remodeling going on whatsoever. But one thing has never changed and that is our devotion to each other. We are completely mad for each other. We occasionally embarrass the children...and the neighbors! Occassionally we don't like what is on the road. Sometimes there is a lot of rain, or even a tornado. But no matter where we are, we are there together!


Roger and Kelli Proctor said...

oh how cute...Happy Anniversary guys! You are an amazing couple! LOVED the story about how you met!


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