I woke up this morning to check my facebook and found a beautiful post from my wonderful husband!!! You see, 8 years ago, on September 16, we met. And I was reminded once again of our amazing love story. I was a senior in high school and I sang the National Anthem at all the home girl's games. It was volleyball game, which is my favorite sport, and we were playing a county rival, Springs Valley High School. When I came in the door I saw a group of guys, some of which I was already friends with, from Valley sitting over in front of the concession stand. As I walked by to check in at the score's bench one of the guys, Derek, who I had been in 4-H with for years, stopped me. He told me his friend, Ronnie over here thinks your cute. I said "hi" and just blew him off. Derek was not really the type of guy I would ever date, so I really couldn't see myself dating one of his friends. Not to mention, I had just gotten my heart severely broken by another boy who had just broke up with me a couple of weeks earlier.
I proceeded to sing the National Anthem, (looking back, Ronnie has told me he fell in love with me when I walked in the door, and then fell in love all over again when I sang. Now, what girl wouldn't just give anything to hear that!!!), and then I tracked down my friend CJ to help with my physics homework during the game. CJ just happened to be sitting with our friends from Valley, so I had to sit a bleacher down from Ronnie the whole game. CJ and I cheered on my best friend Lindsey and worked on physics.
The next couple of days, my friend Tina, who had a locker beside mine constantly nagged me about going out with this Ronnie guy, and so I finally gave in and let some mutual friends of our set us up.
Our first official date was riding 4-wheelers after the Paoli Parade and we grabbed a bite to eat at Hardee's. Ronnie bought me a cheeseburger and a coke and honestly I fell in love. I know, that's horrible and he's teased me several times for being a "cheap date", but I couldn't help it! All I had ever wanted was a man to take care of me, and for the first time I felt like I had found that.
After a few short months of dating, Ronnie proposed and then was shipped off to Iraq. He came home on two weeks leave and we got married. And 8 years and 4 children later, here we are!!!