I’ve always wanted to write out our whole love story here, I just never got around to it until now! Our lives have changed so much and are so hectic these days, but I often think back on our first months of falling in love. We fell hard and fast and it was just the sweetest time.
I will be so glad I wrote this all out so that Collin and I can reread it one day. I also want our girls (and future kiddos) to read this and see how our little family all began. God’s fingerprints are all over our story and I love how sweetly he brought us together.
So here is part one of our love story!
*enjoy some old pictures from our early days as you read!
A little backstory here. I grew up in Kansas, was planning to attended Missouri State University. I had been decided and accepted since September of my senior year. I’d toured campus, met my roommates. and was so excited. In February of my senior year my dad was laid off of his job of 25 years and my plans had to change. I sort of begrudgingly decided to go to Southeast Missouri State, where my sister and brother in law had gone. They still lived in the area, and my parents could afford the tuition. I didn’t know a soul. I was pretty unhappy about the sudden change, but was sort of out of options.
I had only ever dated two guys in high school, typical high school relationships. One guy I dated for a year, the other three years. Long times but, neither were ever going to turn into anything more than what they were.
Collin dated a lot *ahem* more people. I won’t embarrass him with the number, but he had quite a few, very short relationships. Again, just typical teenage boyfriend-girlfriend stuff.
Collin is a year older than me and his freshman year of college he dated a girl for a short time and it didn’t end too well. He was getting sick of dating and breaking up and declared a break from dating.
I broke up with my high school boyfriend right before going to college (we basically stayed together because it was convenient – same friends, same church etc.). Things didn’t end too well for that relationship either, but I was moving nine hours away and was just excited to experience something new. Dating wasn’t really on my mind either, but I hadn’t sworn it off.
So Collin’s sophomore year of college begins and my freshman year begins. On one of the first days back on campus, Collin tells his friend, “I don’t really want to date at all, but whatever you do don’t let me date a freshman.” He was tired of the same ol’ same ol’ and thought he was going to get just that with a youngin’. Ha!
So the first week of school I already knew I was interested in joining my sister’s churches campus ministry called Ignite. There was a welcome back picnic that my roommate and I went to and they had a booth there. All freshman could enter their name to win a tv and if they went to the first Ignite service they would draw for the winner there. I was already planning on going to the service so I entered my name!
We learned later that Collin was at the booth, but neither of us noticed each other or talked to one another.
There were a few other fun events that Ignite put on leading up to the first worship service. I never saw Collin, but he noticed me at one of them. He saw me, thought I was cute, that was the end. Or was it?
At the end of the second week of school the first Ignite service was held. My roommate and I went and both really enjoyed it. I sat through the whole hour long service and never noticed or saw Collin. I wasn’t looking for cute guys though, I was more concerned about making some new girlfriends (I knew not a soul, and barely knew my roommate who later became my best friend).
At the end of the service they invited all the freshman who had entered the drawing to go out to another room and they would draw for the prize. Instead of having the pastor draw for the prize they had a really cute and charming guy do it. I noticed him right away. He was not only smokin’ hot, but he was super funny and outgoing. I didn’t win the tv, but the cute guy and his friend came over to talk to me and my roommate.
This was the first official meeting between the two of us. I was immediately drawn to Collin, but was pretty sure he was interested in my roommate. He didn’t do anything in particular to make me think that, she is just a knockout so I was sure he was going to be interested in her and not me. (Fun Fact: Courtney, my roommate, is my best friend in the world, was our maid of honor, and is still our biggest supporter. She is still a knock out, and a lucky guy got to marry her a year ago!)
We exchanged names, playful banter, and went our separate ways. In our conversation he told us about some events that were being put on by Ignite in the coming week. As Courtney and I walked away I asked her what she thought of Ignite. She said she enjoyed it, and I replied that I thought it was great, “and there were some cute guys too.” Of course I was only talking about the one.
So that is how it all began, but there is so much more.
To be continued…