The main purpose of this blog will be to document our journey to adopting our daughter from Ethiopia both for our family and friends now and for her to have in the future. However, I think who we are, how we met, etc. are important parts of this story. So here is a little rundown of how it all began…
Chris and I met for the first time in December of 2007 at a Christmas party that neither one of us wanted to attend. Someone introduced us by saying something like “Hey, you guys both own your own businesses.” He asked about my business, but I blew him off. I thought he was cute, but felt like he was just being polite by talking to me and didn’t think much more about it. A few months went by, my life was consumed by my mom’s cancer. In January of 2008, I spent 2 weeks in New Orleans taking care of my mom before and after a very extensive surgery to remove hundreds of cancerous tumors. After I returned home, I was invited to go to a bible study that was at Chris’ house. I find out that they all had been praying for me and my mom and that Chris specifically had been doing a lot of praying for her. We would see each other at bible study and at a Thursday evening church service for 20-somethings. One night Chris and a couple of others were going to go country dancing after church, he invited me to go with them several times. Clueless, I thought that he was inviting me because he felt rude not to. I didn’t want to go and not know anyone so I refused. Thankfully, he was persistent.
We had several mutual friends, so I would see him around from time to time. One of my friends played on the same soccer team as his sister, so I ended up sitting by him for a game and he challenged me to join the team. He said he would help me practice. I was still clueless that he was interested in me and just thought he was a nice guy. We went to a local park for him to “coach” me. We played soccer for about an hour, but sat on the field talking for hours until after dark, then got dinner afterward and talked until the restaurant closed. I remember thinking that night that the girl who marries this man is soooo lucky!! Within 2 weeks, we were officially dating. Here are a few images during our dating.
This is the first picture taken of us together. Chris’ sister, Casey, who is always taking photos, says squeeze in closer. It was awkward at the time, but I’m glad to have this photo now..
Fiesta San Antonio
He proposed in June 2008. We went to the river to hang out for the day with our dogs. We were talking about our relationship and I said something about not feeling secure until I knew it was forever to which he immediately said, “What if I can promise your forever now? Will you marry me?” I was so surprised and said, “Really? Are you serious!?” While he turned to get the ring out of his bag, I realized that I hadn’t said yes yet, so I blurted it out before he even got a chance to turn around and give me the ring : ) It was a crazy, beautiful mess. The only person who knew that he was going to propose was my mom because he had asked for her blessing a few weeks before. This was taken right after the proposal. Excuse the cheesy pose : )
We were married January 31, 2009 at the Antique Rose Emporium. It sounds so cheesy, but it was truly that happiest day of my life. I could not stop smiling all day. It was absolutely perfect. Remember I am a wedding photographer, so I had to post a bunch of photos. I tried not to go overboard.
All wedding images by Sarah Q Photography. Love her!!
The whole crew. Our wonderful families :)