not that this is a bad thing! lise and i celebrated 18 years together today and it’s been a fun, crazy adventure together from the beginning.
we got married on december 1, 1990 in cincinnati after a year of dating and engagement. we had known each other since we were eighteen years old, but didn’t really get to know each other well until we were 20 or so.
i don’t remember the very first time i met her, but i remember being fascinated by her unique spirit and attitude.
she was going to school with my girlfriend / roommate (an evil, underhanded individual) and so we ran into each other at school parties and get togethers. when i finally had the sense to break it off with the girlfriend, i began running into lise in all sorts of places around town. over the course of a year we would run into each other and i would think, “stupid!! stupidstupidstupid! why didn’t you ask her out?!?”
but i knew the answer. she was gorgeous, gentle, and cool. and i was a big fat dork.
when i finally did get up the nerve to ask her out, it was like a bad sitcom. i asked her if she’d be interesting in having dinner, and without even listening to her answer i started telling her it was ok and i understood, etc. she was looking at me like i was nuts – she had said yes! woo-hoo!
i remember our first date quite well. at least, i remember my first date with HER. she apparently didn’t start dating me until about a month after i started dating her (she thought we were just “friends” but i knew better).
we dated from october to february when i proposed to her – quick, you say? hey, i knew what i wanted and i wanted her! thankfully she said yes (although she thought she was getting a hamster for valentine’s, not an engagement ring).
i remember little of the wedding ceremony except that i was nervous and excited.
in the eighteen years since, we’ve:
- lived in cincinnati, ludlow, ky, washington dc, baltimore, cincinnati again, and finally pensacola, fl.
- both gotten college degrees, taught, done youth ministry, and picked up tons of friends and adopted family along the way
- gotten closer to both of our families
- gone through cancers, mental illnesses, thickheadedness, poor decisions
- owned 15 cars
- bought a house and sold it
- driven each other crazy frequently
- gotten crazier together and have had more fun together than we ever thought possible
- realized that we’ll never grow bored, no matter how well we know each other
- grown closer and loved more than we could have ever dreamed
i would marry her again and again. she’s my best friend. she’s my partner. she’s my love. i wouldn’t trade our lives together for anything else. i absolutely love being married to her.
here’s to another 18+ years!