When I met Justin, I had no idea the part he would play in my life. I had been slyly spending time with him at church. And it is true, that Justin’s church attendance increased by leaps and bounds, and I now believe that I had something to with that.
Although in the beginning, I was looking for a boyfriend. I wasn’t looking for one in Justin. I had a major crush on someone else. This other guy was smart, cute, and a Christian. That combo is hard to come by when you are in high school. I was sure that this was the someone special that I had been praying for. I was sure that God wanted us to be together forever. God, obviously, had a different idea.
I needed a date to the band dance. So I asked Justin to be my date on November 26, 2003. And that same night, Justin asked me to be his girl. And I said yes. I thought it was a fair exchange.
I would say that I started to feel differently around August of 2004. We had been together just 3 mos. shy of a year. It was then that I told Justin, I love you. Now Justin had told me million of times that he loved me, and I always replied, I love you, too. But this time, I said it first and then I cried. I cried, because I felt it and I knew I meant it.
Fast forward years and years. Through graduations, through internships, through different jobs, through new homes, through a wedding, and an amazing first year of marriage.
Today, we have been together for 3,002 days, and I cannot imagine my life without him. No, it hasn’t always been fun and easy. But I can say that it all has been worth it. I have never met someone who understands me so completely and makes me so happy. After 3,002 days, I still miss him while I am at work. I still get jealous. I still get excited to spend time with him.
He is my Valentine, and I feel very lucky that I am his. .