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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

This Love Is Ours

I was never the girl who dreamed of finding Prince Charming. Coming from a broken home and with very few role models of a good marriage, I was kind of a cynic when it came to love and happy ever afters. 

It wasn't until I decided to quit college and spend the summer with my best friend Ashley in Montana that I found someone just as set against marriage as I was! And wouldn't you know that the two people who grew up on opposite sides of the US and who were completely sure that love and marriage had no place in their lives would end up falling in love. 


We Met
May 2011

I saw Zach leaning up against a doorjamb the first Wednesday of my visit. I'd just stumbled my way into the church building behind Ashley's parents and he was the first person I saw when I looked up. Zach teases me now that I stared at him for a good ten minutes that night but I'm pretty sure it was only five. I do remember thinking to myself that he was WAY cuter than the Facebook profile picture Ashley had shown me, but more than his looks it was his attitude that really caught me. He was trying his best to look cocky, aloof, and just a tad bit bored but there was some kind of vulnerability in all of that that made me realize he was a lot more than the mischief and mayhem I'd heard stories about. (Zach and Ashley grew up together--same town, same church, and same school--so there was a ton of stories about his antics.) 

However, I almost gave up on even being friends with Zach about the first time we hung out together. His sarcasm and my oh-so-charming wit and competitiveness clashed and we either ignored each other or sent thinly veiled barbed remarks when we saw each other after that. That was in May and by July a lot of things had changed. Zach enlisted in the Army and I'd decided to stay in Montana until January. Somehow we'd gotten to a point by then where we sort of enjoyed our occasional battle of wits and in August we shared our first kiss. It was on one of the rides at the Montana State Fair and it was also on a dare. But it was definitely when I realized that all of the drama between him and I the months prior was just a smoke screen for the definite attraction brewing under the surface. 

Sure enough, the very next month we went on our very first date--a Sunday drive on one of Montana's back roads at very much higher than legal speeds. Maybe that was a foreshadowing because after that date, we were kind of inseparable. Every time we weren't working (and he wasn't catching up on sleep), we were together--driving around his hometown, late-night visits to Walmart, going to movies, and just sitting together on the couch talking. It feels like a whirlwind looking back on it now, but it wasn't very long until we knew we were in love. 

December rolled around and the two people who had never said the word marriage in the same sentence as our names were looking at wedding rings. January, though, meant I was leaving Montana and it was time to see if our romance could survive long-distance. 

We're Engaged!!
February 8, 2012

Zach came to visit me in Wisconsin for a few weeks in February and we had such fun playing tourist in a town that was new to both of us. We were also trying really hard to ignore that he would soon have to leave for basic. The day of the eighth, Zach seemed a little nervous and not his usual calm, cool, and collected self. We went to see the movie 'Red Tails' (where I cried buckets) and then decided to go to the beach. Mind you this would have been around midnight in January at Lake Michigan--it was cold, people! Zach insisted we needed to stop by the apartment before we headed out and after gathering blankets and boots we were off. 

The minute we started walking on the beach, I knew something was on Zach's mind. He kept taking deep breaths and sneaking glances at me. It was cute and endearing but I really had no idea exactly what he was thinking until he dropped down on one knee. Zach tells me that my hands flew to my face but I really have no memory of that. When he asked if I would marry him, I pretty much felt that like I was floating on a cloud. Suddenly I was no longer cold and I sobbed/shrieked yes before throwing myself into Zach's arms. Ah--just the memory gives me happy chills! 

Just Married
July 3, 2012

Five months, a never-ending basic training, and a lot of letters later, Zach and I said our "I Do's" in our backyard wedding. We didn't officially start our lives together until the month after our wedding when I hopped on a plane to Hawaii to meet my new hubby. I really can't believe that was almost two years ago--it seemed like our adventure just started. And I can't wait to see what else is in store for Zach and me! 

Today I'm linking up with Jo My Gosh for the Lima Oscar Victor Echo military love linkup! I'd love to read your love story!



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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

This Love Is Ours

I was never the girl who dreamed of finding Prince Charming. Coming from a broken home and with very few role models of a good marriage, I was kind of a cynic when it came to love and happy ever afters. 

It wasn't until I decided to quit college and spend the summer with my best friend Ashley in Montana that I found someone just as set against marriage as I was! And wouldn't you know that the two people who grew up on opposite sides of the US and who were completely sure that love and marriage had no place in their lives would end up falling in love. 


We Met
May 2011

I saw Zach leaning up against a doorjamb the first Wednesday of my visit. I'd just stumbled my way into the church building behind Ashley's parents and he was the first person I saw when I looked up. Zach teases me now that I stared at him for a good ten minutes that night but I'm pretty sure it was only five. I do remember thinking to myself that he was WAY cuter than the Facebook profile picture Ashley had shown me, but more than his looks it was his attitude that really caught me. He was trying his best to look cocky, aloof, and just a tad bit bored but there was some kind of vulnerability in all of that that made me realize he was a lot more than the mischief and mayhem I'd heard stories about. (Zach and Ashley grew up together--same town, same church, and same school--so there was a ton of stories about his antics.) 

However, I almost gave up on even being friends with Zach about the first time we hung out together. His sarcasm and my oh-so-charming wit and competitiveness clashed and we either ignored each other or sent thinly veiled barbed remarks when we saw each other after that. That was in May and by July a lot of things had changed. Zach enlisted in the Army and I'd decided to stay in Montana until January. Somehow we'd gotten to a point by then where we sort of enjoyed our occasional battle of wits and in August we shared our first kiss. It was on one of the rides at the Montana State Fair and it was also on a dare. But it was definitely when I realized that all of the drama between him and I the months prior was just a smoke screen for the definite attraction brewing under the surface. 

Sure enough, the very next month we went on our very first date--a Sunday drive on one of Montana's back roads at very much higher than legal speeds. Maybe that was a foreshadowing because after that date, we were kind of inseparable. Every time we weren't working (and he wasn't catching up on sleep), we were together--driving around his hometown, late-night visits to Walmart, going to movies, and just sitting together on the couch talking. It feels like a whirlwind looking back on it now, but it wasn't very long until we knew we were in love. 

December rolled around and the two people who had never said the word marriage in the same sentence as our names were looking at wedding rings. January, though, meant I was leaving Montana and it was time to see if our romance could survive long-distance. 

We're Engaged!!
February 8, 2012

Zach came to visit me in Wisconsin for a few weeks in February and we had such fun playing tourist in a town that was new to both of us. We were also trying really hard to ignore that he would soon have to leave for basic. The day of the eighth, Zach seemed a little nervous and not his usual calm, cool, and collected self. We went to see the movie 'Red Tails' (where I cried buckets) and then decided to go to the beach. Mind you this would have been around midnight in January at Lake Michigan--it was cold, people! Zach insisted we needed to stop by the apartment before we headed out and after gathering blankets and boots we were off. 

The minute we started walking on the beach, I knew something was on Zach's mind. He kept taking deep breaths and sneaking glances at me. It was cute and endearing but I really had no idea exactly what he was thinking until he dropped down on one knee. Zach tells me that my hands flew to my face but I really have no memory of that. When he asked if I would marry him, I pretty much felt that like I was floating on a cloud. Suddenly I was no longer cold and I sobbed/shrieked yes before throwing myself into Zach's arms. Ah--just the memory gives me happy chills! 

Just Married
July 3, 2012

Five months, a never-ending basic training, and a lot of letters later, Zach and I said our "I Do's" in our backyard wedding. We didn't officially start our lives together until the month after our wedding when I hopped on a plane to Hawaii to meet my new hubby. I really can't believe that was almost two years ago--it seemed like our adventure just started. And I can't wait to see what else is in store for Zach and me! 

Today I'm linking up with Jo My Gosh for the Lima Oscar Victor Echo military love linkup! I'd love to read your love story!



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