|Our first picture we took together - July 2007|
Since I already shared how God brought me to this small town by providing me a job here, I thought I would share how I met John, my sweet husband. I moved here in October 2005, and did not know a soul, other than the old man I worked for and his secretary and receptionist. I knew in my heart that God had placed me here and dating was not really on my list of goals at the time. I was trying to find my place here, settle in, and learn how to be a lawyer.
I had not dated anyone since a guy I dated off and on in law school, and that was ok at first. However, after a few months, once I started to get settled in to my life here, I started to wonder how God was ever going to find me a husband around here! The only people I met were married police officers and my criminal or divorcing clients...great selection there! A few people tried to set me up with friends, but they all lived really far away from me, or did not work out for some other reason, and I knew that God had put me in this place for a reason, and I wanted to stay here. Thank the Lord none of those guys worked out anyway!
After I had been here almost two years, I really started to wonder if I was ever going to meet a man in this little town. The majority of my divorce clients had been married multiple times and you can not meet anyone around here without learning that they are related to everyone else in some way or another. At that time, there were 2 deputies who had "courthouse duty," meaning they worked the courthouse security. One of them had just finished the police academy and was just starting out, so he was placed at the courthouse, where they put everyone who is low man on the totem pole. The other deputy was actually a lieutenant, who was demoted to courthouse duty...for reasons we won't go into (he's now the Chief of police in a nearby small town). Anytime I was in court for long periods of time, I would joke around with these 2 deputies, they were my courthouse buddies.
One day, I asked the one who is now Chief, if he knew any nice, normal, not married, not crazy guys he could set me up with. I was halfway joking because I really had started thinking there were none of those guys left around here. He said he would think about it and get back with me. The next day, unbeknownst to me, John went to lunch with my 2 deputy buddies, and basically said the same thing to them: "Do you know any nice, normal, not crazy girls I could meet?" Well, praise the Lord, they listened and put two and two together and set us up!
On Thursday, June 7, 2007, a mere two days after I had asked the deputy about a guy, they started talking about introducing us. I was in court all day long that day, and at the end of the day, the other deputy pulled up in the parking lot, dropped John off, and called my cell phone to tell me to go outside. I went outside and there was John, just standing in the parking lot. They just dropped him off! We talked briefly, and he asked for my phone number. I gave it to him, and went on home for the day, wondering if he would actually call.
Later that night, I was talking on the phone to my friend Kelli, when I heard a call waiting beep. I looked at the Caller ID, and it was John! I told Kelli it was "that guy" and that I would call her back. We talked on the phone for 2 hours and it was such an amazing conversation. We had so much in common, and he was the sweetest guy! He asked me to go out the next night, and of course, I said yes! The next day, I had court, and I told my 2 buddies all about how we were going out that night. Then, when I was leaving for lunch, I saw John coming by the courthouse. He said at the time that he had to return something to one of the deputies...but he told me later he just wanted to see me. How cute is that?
He picked me up that night in his jacked-up jeep, and we went to eat at Outback. I had on a short denim mini-skirt and basically had to flash him while climbing up into his tall jeep. John says now that he fell in love with me because I flashed him on our first date, ha! Anyway, we went to eat, then went to his apartment to watch a movie. I have no idea what we watched because we talked non-stop from the time he picked me up until the time he took me home that night. It was the best first date ever.
He called me the next morning and we talked for another three hours! I went out to dinner with my friends Amy and Lori that night, and they said something about how they needed to find me a man. My response? I already found one and he is wonderful! John and I were together every night after that, and got engaged on September 7, 2007...exactly three months after we met.
Several of my friends were skeptical because we met and got engaged all in a three months' time, but when you know it's right, you know it's right.
I can not wait to see John as a daddy to our sweet little Fitz, and what the future holds for us, only God knows. But he brought us this far and we can not wait to see what He does in our future!