Five years ago today I went out for dinner to a restaurant that I had been to probably in the neighborhood of 75times. Of those many times at least half of those times I ordered the same thing.
The restaurant is the Raccoon lodge in Beaverton, Oregon. My order was a ring tail burger with ale battered fries and a coke.
But on that Day May 18th 2008 something was different. I spent dinner with a very sweet young lady that I had met a few week previous online. We shared dinner and had a spectacular time. It was a dinner full of conversation and laughter and that night changed my life.
That sweet young lady is now my beautiful wife. That girl who was understandably a little shy and nervous that night has now conquered challenges that no one ever expected and she has always come out the other side. Together her and I have been through struggles big and small. In the past 5yrs we have both been unemployed at different times. We have both had family situations that could have destroyed families. And we have both come out the other side stronger and most importantly together.
The first huge challenge in our relationship was when she moved back to Washington from Oregon so while we stayed together we only saw each other when weekends lined up and finances allowed for the road trip. While that arrangement existed for essentially a full year. Less than 2 months into it, her world and by correlation my world was shaken to the core. She lost her father in an unexpected event. But even in the face of such huge tragedy she always made sure that I was ok and that I was happy. I knew before that day that I loved her but it was that event that made me realize how amazing she was and that I would marry that girl. So in September of 2010 we married and I got to start a whole new chapter of my life with the greatest companion that God has have created. Since that day there have been more struggles and more victories. We’ve been broke and we’ve been financially blessed at times. We’ve had days where we worry about making bills and we’ve had a surprise trip to the country music awards awarded to us.
There have been car accidents and new cars, there’s been plenty of experiences and I am very glad to get to share them with her. Of course there has been many more life events in the past 5yrs and many more to come.
But most importantly we’ve been through it all together.