So… it’s a day late. Oh well.
If you like corny love stories… enjoy!!
November 13th… 7 years ago… has always been special to Jacob and me. I just had to tell the story…
So… me and Jacob have known each other since middle school – cute, I know. We were Best Friends Forever! We loved hanging out together. I even rode with him and his brother to school every morning for 2 years… in the Bronco… listening to the yellow MercyMe CD EVERYDAY! Anyways… we were best friends, laughed a lot together, hung out with the church people… and TOTALLY ignored each other at school. Such is the life of a high schooler.
Although we had secret crushes on each other, I always claimed he was like my brother and just brushed it off – weird now, huh? Well, when I was in the 11th grade and Jacob in the 10th grade… we went on a mission trip to Mexico. Now… I learned a lot about God on that trip and fell in love with foreign missions while in Mexico. But… something else happened while on that trip as well… God showed me I was going to marry Jacob!!! AHHH! We were at “The Dump.” It was literally a dump… smelly, gross, and full of garbage and starving people. It was the worst/saddest place I have ever been… still. But, I saw Jacob’s heart there… as he ministered to this malnourished little girl – he helped her color, he loved on her, and he told her about Jesus. As I watched this… I knew, somehow, we would end up together! I was FREAKED OUT! So… we enjoyed the rest of the trip. It included lots of ministry and VBS-ing, shopping at the market, and LOTS of barfing from a bug our entire team caught while there! Fun times.
So… knowing I would end up with Jacob, what did I do? I TOTALLY IGNORED it… as any teenage girl would do. So… I went along with my dance team-ing self, chasing after popularity, and enjoying life. I graduated high school – yay! The summer after my graduation, I was with Jacob and our friend Taylor EVERY SINGLE DAY! We were BFFs! But… I was going to college at UAB, had just made the Golden Girls dance team, and didn’t know where life would lead me. I still liked Jacob (that was a secret known only to me… and everyone who watched us together), but was terrified of LABELS… I didn’t want to be boyfriend/girlfriend… because… I was still being a teenage girl.
Life went on, and I started college. I was enjoying myself. Still hanging out with Jacob… but not willing to commit.
Finally… November 13th happened. We looked a bit like this: