August 15th marks our 7th anniversary of our very first date, but actually Taylor and I go beyond that! We have technically known one another since kindergarten. 🙂 However, we didn’t start dating until after we graduated. You could say that high school drama was too stressful for the both of us!
I remember talking to Taylor a lot in first grade about Scooby-Doo episodes! I think we were the only ones in the class who openly loved Scooby and the Mystery Gang! 🙂 Otherwise, I remember not liking him, AND he would throw spitballs at me in 5th or 6th grade! I remember going home CRYING because I had a tangled spitball in the back of my hair! Gross! Those years of school, I would probably rather just forget, wouldn’t we all!
Fast forward to high school, and to when I started to take notice of Taylor more, he says the same of me too, but I took school seriously. Probably too serious at times. I was there to learn and get good grades, and graduate. I had one really close friend and we are still friends to this day. Taylor was more social than I was, but his priorities lied with the farm. Which, I on the other hand, wanted NOTHING to do with farming or marrying a farmer/rancher for that matter! (Funny how that works!)
I very well knew the stresses of growing up on a farm and being a farmer’s daughter, and a fifth generation farm girl. And I wanted nothing to do with it! I had my big dreams of moving far away, somewhere by the ocean, and working for a big, fancy design company.
So how did God bring a farmer and an anti-farm future fam wife together?
Well, it just so happened that my dad needed a grain cart driver the summer we graduated. He had me do some asking around to a couple of my guy classmates to see if he could borrow them for a couple of days. My cousin, had left the farm to pursue his own dreams, and so we needed a new hired man altogether. I am still not sure how Taylor managed to pull driving grain cart off, because he has cattle and grain as well! I guess when God has His way, He makes it happen!
I took one ride too many on the grain cart and we planned a “Date Night”, however, I though it was just “friends”. I secretly was hoping for more, but since I was leaving for college, I had no idea where things would lead anyway.
On our first date, we went to Expendables – probably the worst move playing at the theater. If you haven’t seen it, it’s an action movie and you aren’t missing much at all! All through the movie, I keep questioning why I was even here. I kept thinking, “he doesn’t like me that way!” About more than half way through the movie, he reached for my hand. I remember asking him a FEW times, “are you sure?!” Because in all my life, NEVER did I ever think I would date a classmate, much less marry one. But God had different plans!
Back to the story…. 🙂
On the way home, we talked about us being a couple and how we would make it work, since I was going to college, and he was staying at home to farm. We figured that we had to try. He took me home, asked to see my swimming pool (which I lived in during the summer) and kissed me, under the stars on our first date! And I NEVER kiss on first dates either!
I guess, we have learned through 7 years of dating, 4 years of marriage, and knowing each other for nearly 20 years, that never say never! And don’t stand in God’s timing or direction! I am so blessed that God picked this farmer to be mine, forever. Every day, he makes me laugh, teaches me patience and kindness, and shows me love. I am so glad to be his wife!