eleven years later- a love story

I realized this morning that my husband and I started dating 11 years ago today.

It’s pretty amazing when I think of who I was 11 years ago.

ca. 2002-2003?

ca. 2002-2003?

I was a little bit of a party girl, but at 22, I think most of us were. Nights were endless happy hours, and days were spent working wherever I could find a job after college graduation. In the post 9/11 economy, trying to creep my way into PR for non-profits (not where the money was at, but where my heart was), I ended up going into sales.

It started with telemarketing and ended with selling cars (with a crazy door-to-door coupon sales business in between).

And then it hit me like a ton of bricks. I was ready to grow up.

I had this on-again, off-again relationship with a man I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. One thing I realized from the door-to-door chaos was I loved teaching people about the business. Teaching was where my heart was now.

On the way home from selling cars one day, I heard a commercial for a Saturday program for people with Bachelor’s Degrees to get their teaching certification. I started the next day.

Broke, in love, and ready to make a difference, I decided to be a grown up.

wedding dance, photo from Sandals

wedding dance, photo from Sandals

It’s been 11 years since the night we decided to give each other a chance and leave the friend zone. It’s been nine years since my future husband helped me through my career change. It’s been five years since we said “I do” on the sandy beaches of Negril, Jamaica with our family, friends, and especially, “the boy” standing with us. It’s been two years since our lives were blessed with Liv, and a little less than a year since we moved into our own home.

We’ve come a long way. We’re no longer broke, twenty-somethings. We’re slightly less broke thirty-somethings (ha, ha) blessed with more wealth that we can imagine.

I am so glad we decided 11 years ago to take a chance. It’s the best decision I ever made, and I hope he’d say the same.

10 comments for “eleven years later- a love story

  1. Sara
    August 3, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    That was beautiful! Congrats to you, and to your wonderful family! 🙂

    • Jen
      August 3, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      Thank you, Sara!!!! 🙂

  2. August 3, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I’m sure he does but in a manly way. Love the story and a wedding in Jamaica? Sounds divine! I’ve always wanted to visit. Maybe I can convince my hubby to take a trip there. Happy Saturday!
    Growing Up Madison recently posted…Balboa Baby Shopping Cart Cover ReviewMy Profile

    • Jen
      August 3, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      It was THE best vacation ever! We even went back two years later. It is actually quite affordable compared to say. . .a Disney vacation! I love all-inclusive resorts because you don’t have to worry about what you spend on food, usually my biggest expensive on vacation. And the drinks. ..mmm! It is a beautiful country with beautiful, amazing people. I still keep in touch with some of the people who worked at the resort. Unfortunately, our resort was bought out by another company. (It was Beaches/Sandals), but I am sure we will be back! You should definitely go!!!!

  3. August 3, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Awe congratulations on 11 great years. May you have many many more.
    Jenn @ UpsideDownKids.com recently posted…Hickory Dickory Dock Story MatMy Profile

  4. August 3, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    What a sweet story. Sometimes the best love stories come from taking chances. Ours was made with a chance…answering a post on an online dating site!
    Missy Homemaker recently posted…Homeschool on the Cheap Part 2 (or how we’re homeschooling for next-to-nothing)My Profile

  5. August 4, 2013 at 1:08 am

    What a sweet story. When you know, you know and when you’re ready, you’re ready. Congratulations!
    Stephanie @ From the Burbs to the Boonies recently posted…DIY: Making a marble scarf necklaceMy Profile

  6. August 6, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Congrats on all those wonderful years! And for being slightly less broke 30 something’s lol unfortunately for us we are still in those mega broke 20 something’s ha ha!
    Desiree recently posted…Happy Birthday HubbyMy Profile

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.