I was reminded when I did my blogging survey that one subject I do not talk about very often is marriage! When I read that, I thought “huh…I don’t!” Then I wondered why I don’t? I am open about every other area of our life, but I marriage is something that I do not talk often of.
Time to change that.
Dan and I have been married for 10 years (wow, I can’t believe I just typed that number!) and it has been incredible. Incredible not in the “oh-so-perfect” marriage incredible, but the “we’ve been through a lot and are in love even MORE” incredible. Every marriage has.
We are just “us”. We are nothing special. We are just two strangely unique people that God joined together. I am not even sure I ever told the story of how we met so let me explain…
Dan’s parents ran a SERVE project in the Benton Harbor/St. Joseph area for many many years. The summer after my freshman year of high school, I attended this SERVE and Dan was the drummer in the worship band. He was one mighty fine drummer too, but WAY out of my league. So, of course nothing happened.
Fast forward to the summer after my senior year of high school. I went on that SERVE trip again, but Dan was a whitewater raft guide that summer in South Carolina, so no Dan the drummer man. Though, I did get to know Dan’s parents a bit because I had to take a prescription medication that they had to give to me. Anyways, that opened the door to conversations with them.
Dan is 2 years older than me, and he attended a community college for 3 years before deciding to go into youth ministry and attend Kuyper College (then known as Reformed Bible College). I was a sophomore at Kuyper, when Dan arrived on campus. I was a Resident Assistant at the time and while I was welcoming the girls on my floor, there was this man that came up the stairs.
It was Dan’s dad and he said he must have “accidentally” gone to the wrong floor. Dan’s room was on the main floor and you had to go up two flights of stairs to get to my floor, so needless to say, it was fairly intentional! Anyways, he kindly tried to persuade me to go down a floor and talk to his son. I was far from outgoing when it came to guys, so I was nervous the rest of the day.