January 9th

I think about 99% of photos of us together are like this- Mark holding out his arm to take the shot.

Nineteen years ago, on a cold Sunday afternoon, a guy I was friends with stopped by my college residence and asked if I'd like to take a walk with him.  I agreed.  As we walked, he talked- and he told me that while he'd met girls before who were nice or friendly, and seen girls who were pretty or fun to be with, and he'd met girls he had admired before-- he had never met a girl who was all of those things in one package.  It took me a few minutes to realize that he was talking about ME.  Once I got that figured out, he asked me if he could start dating me. 

I said yes.  

I love that guy. 

Oh!  But here's one someone else took! 

We always acknowledge January 9th because of that life-altering walk through our college campus together: the one we began as friends and ended as more-than-friends.

Happy 9th, Mark!  {Thanks for noticing me and being so brave to ask me out.  I'm glad you did.}


  1. I'm so glad we went for that walk, too. Of course, I had no idea what I was doing; I just had so many thoughts and feelings about you and I so wanted to share them with you. Thanks for being my girl. I love you so.

  2. That is so sweet! I love your smiles and your testimony. Thank you so much for the glimpses into your life. Happy Happy Day!

  3. :) Awww. Too cute. Congratulations, you little love bugs.

  4. So sweet! Thanks for sharing, Stacy! :) And thanks, Mark, for having the courage to wait for the girl who had it all and take her for that walk.

  5. Cute pictures! Happy 9th (on the 11th)! :-)

  6. i LOVE this. i love the story of HOW ... he asked to date you ... i love that model so much and pray for such a sweet story for my girl. you guys are darling!!!

  7. Happy anniversary to you.

    It's been a VERY long time since I commented here. I used to read your blog back on homeschoolblogger :) I had one there, too.

    It's lovely to see how you are doing.

    1. Wow. Yeah- I remember you, Stacy!
      Blessings to you and yours!

  8. Haha, I liked that Mark said he didn't know what he was doing, he was just telling you his thoughts about you. But I really laughed when you said it took you a while to know who he was talking about! Oh how that made all the difference! Love to you and your wonderful husband and family. The romance continues. :)


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