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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

6 years of true love… from rocky beginnings


March 21st marked 6 years of “togetherness” for Nick and I since our first date. Those six years have been filled with so many memories, so many character building moments that have tested us, bonded us, built a friendship and deepened our love for each other.


In all honesty, March 21st marked our second “first date” as juniors in college.


Our first “first date” was actually about 2 1/2 years before that, sometime in the first semester of our freshman year at Georgetown college. We were infatuated with each other and became quick flirty friends. We watched a few movies together in the dorm, walked dogs together at the local animal shelter, spent hours “talking” on ICQ {something like MSN instant messenger}, and even had our magical first kiss that year. Our first kiss was also our last kiss and the relationship fizzled back into a friendship. No break-up as we weren’t really “dating” and never a conversation about “where this was going”. We were just amicable friends again. We still had a few more classes together over the next couple of years where we’d sit near each other and chat, but not much more than that.

Junior year came and both my roommate and I decided to transfer to the University of Kentucky. Nick was still at Georgetown and if you had asked me if I thought we had any chance of a future together, I would have given you 10,000 to 1 odds. We were distant memories for each other with our lives moving in very different directions.

Then one Sunday, my friend, Melissa and I went to church together. Melissa had also went to Georgetown, still did at the time, and also knew Nick. We were driving out of the parking lot afterwards when we both saw a guy directing traffic that we agreed looked like Nick Roberts. When I got back to my apartment, it struck me how long it had been since we had spoke and I sent him a message on ICQ telling him about the guy that reminded us of him that day and just wanted to say hi and that I hoped he was doing well. It had been at least a year since the last time we had seen or spoke to each other.

That message will always be the “beginning of the end”. Nick went on to message me back later, we chit-chatted about what each of us had been up to, and then he proceeded to ask me out on that second “first date”. He still holds to his claim that “I pursued him” because I sent the first message, but I had no intention of that in mind what-so-ever. Just another example of how men can misconstrue “friendly” =)

Whatever the case, I’m so glad it worked out! We have been together through so much in the past 6 years, I can’t imagine that time or any of the future without him.

  • We were together as each of us finished our undergraduate degrees, then saw each other through pharmacy school and grad school – making for lots of cap and gown pictures together!
  • I thankfully got to see him in his last two years of college baseball.
  • We’ve seen each other through several job titles in our few years together which have included some times of unemployment, job searches, job frustrations and eventually putting both us in the places where I believe God planned just perfectly for the two of us.
  • We weathered a long distance relationship through my first 2 years of pharmacy school. The first year being 4 hours apart. The second year, he sweetly moved to an area with far less career opportunities for him so we could be only an hour apart.
  • We’ve been by each other’s side in times of stress, fear, and sadness and luckily in many more times of joy and celebration.
  • We survived the wedding planning!!!!
  • We spent our first year of marriage in a shoebox apartment and then experienced the elation of buying our first home together.
  • We’ve traveled to Baltimore, Jamaica, the Biltmore estate, Disney World, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, New York and in a few weeks – Las Vegas!!
  • We adopted a pup together almost 3 years ago that has taught us more about our selves as a couple than I could have ever imagined.
  • Now we embark on our biggest adventure… PARENTHOOD!


Looks like we have many, many, many new and exciting memories to make with this next chapter of life as a family of 3. I know the next 6 years will only be better than the first and that is mind-blowing to me♥









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  1. I love this post. Just goes to show how God makes things work out and gives us the strenth to get through the hard days. Congrats!

  2. Such a sweet, sweet post! <3 You two are incredibly adorable together - I love the photos! And my DH would love you both, too - he's the world's biggest Reds fan and hates living so far away from GABP.

  3. Wow! You both are BEAUTIFUL!!!! Love the christmas sweater pic!!!!

  4. awesome! SO sweet and I love all the pics! Our first date anniversary is also March 21st! YEAY <3

  5. ohmygosh how SWEET and ADORABLE are you two :) honestly! i love this and how you meet and your pictures! my boyfriend and i are doing a long distance relationship now because i'm in grad school (we've been together for 3 1/2 years) and so far we're 2 months down from a year of doing it. it's not as bad as we thought, and also being 3 1/2 hours apart stinks but if you guys can do it so can we right?! love this post!

  6. What a super sweet post! You two are the most adorable couple! Congrats on your new addition!

  7. Super sweet post!!! What a cute couple!!!

  8. Happy 6 years!! So neat how your story started...seemed like it might end there and yet God picked it back up and connected all the pieces. Really special!!

  9. **tears**


  10. Congrats on your 'anniversary.' :) I hope it was a great day. I hope you have fun in *my town* Las Vegas....wave to me from your hotel room :) There are so many things to do here, so enjoy!!! Can't wait to see pictures!

  11. Aww Steph! So sweet! Btw, love the cincy reds picture! Here's to your next 6!

  12. Such a sweet and beautiful couple!! I love this post so much! Happy Anniversary sweet girl!

  13. You two are adorable! What a sweet post. I love that you two have shared so many great memories.

  14. You two are so sweet! What a great post! My finace and I are currently long distance (about 1.5 hrs apart) and I cannot wait until October when we get to be together for the rest of our lives! Happy Anniversary!

  15. your story is so sweet. creating memories with your love ones is indeed a great adventure.

  16. Ya'll are too sweet! I heart ya'll. And I adore the sleeping pic with the 1st born, lol!!!

  17. Six years ago on March 23rd was my husband and my 1st date together! It was a good month back in 2005 apparently! :)

  18. And we're expecting our 1st baby just three weeks before you guys are! Funny

  19. I love this post! How sweet, and what a gorgeous couple you are!!!

  20. This is such a sweet post! I just found your blog- I love it!

  21. My husband and I just celebrated 6 years of togetherness. It's amazing how much you grown up and how much happens in that time!

  22. Yall are so cute! Im so behind on reading your blog but congratulations! you are super cute pregnant!


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