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Sunday, February 14, 2016

LOVE DAY | How Devon and I met....



Since it's Valentine's Day, I figured I'd do a post on how Devon and I met. I've actually rewrote this story over and over but never posted because It's actually a love story a lifetime in the making, with so many details that led up to us getting together. I'll try my best to spare all of the little things but the main story goes like this.....

So my Mother-in-Law was actually my moms middle school bff. Crazy, right? When my MIL moved away and changed schools, my mom and her lost touch... Fast forward to when I was about 8 years old, they re-gained contact and my mom was invited to one of Sherrie's (my MIL) Pampered Chef parties. Since it was also a pool party for the kids, my sister and I tagged along. That's probably the very first time I met Devon. We ended up barely speaking to each other... Young kids, disliking each other, and playing the "boys/girls are gross game". Pretty typical for our age, lol. The party ended and I never really thought about him again until I was 15 and it was the summer before 10th grade, my mom and Sherrie had been catching up over the phone and my mom ended the phone call by inviting them to our annual "Livingston Luau" (as my parents called it) for the summer party that they always had at our house every year.
After the phone call, my mom recapped me on the convo (mainly about Devon, their traveling and racing) and it sparked my interest so I added him on MySpace (ha). Devon and I had mutual friends so adding him on social media wasn't completely awkward but I don't even think he noticed because he actually started talking to me right away. We spoke over MySpace briefly and then through text for awhile before we hung out for the first time at the party. That's when everything sort of fell into place. Sort of. I thought the night went great, I really liked the dude and thought we hit it off pretty well... until he was about to leave. He came up to me and said "I'm not trying to date you or anything." Gave me a hug and left. Even more awkward than I though it would be after adding him on social media.
 My friends ended up staying the night at my house that night and I think every topic of conversation was him.
That night, I sent some annoyed text messages.. called him a million times... HE called me back a million times... He also played the click game on me. You know, where they ask if you've ever been clicked.. You say no... They hang up on you. Clicked. I hadn't been clicked before that night... Haven't been clicked since. haha. I don't know if he made that up or if it was a real thing but... it happened. lol.
Now, remember this story is about a fifteen and sixteen year old, y'all. Nothing romantic to report, really. Teenagers playing hard to get... But surprisingly, the next morning he started to text me again, asking to hang out. You can imagine the confusion. Myspace prep-talk. Texting (big step, ya know), then hanging out.. Dissing me... then wanting to do it all over? Well, I was fifteen and actually pretty smart for my age, and told him I would hang out with him. I never showed up. He still talks about how I stood him up that day and how that's the moment he knew he wanted to date me. So, after a ton of convincing from him, we finally hung out. On July 27th, 2006, we started dating. Officially. And I think we've been inseparable since. We had a few rough times where we split briefly, trying to figure out who we were, what we wanted. Getting so serious, so young, you can only expect that. But we always found our way back. The rest is really history....
     After 5 years of dating, Devon flew me to NYC and we got engaged on October 7th 2011 in Central Park.
On June 16th 2012 we were married. A complete fairytale.
On March 22nd 2014 we became a family of 3. Pure bliss :)

At fifteen, I would have never imagined my life like this.. Married to my high school sweetheart.. Having our own beautiful family. We are healthy, happy and so in love. We celebrate our FOUR year wedding anniversary this year and this year also marks ten... TEN!! years with my soulmate, best friend and companion through life. I could not feel more grateful or blessed. This is what dreams are made of and I'm thankful I get to spend every single Valentine's Day with you, babe! LUMI. To the moon and back. 4E&A.

I hope y'all are all having a great love day... And if you're single, going through a breakup, just remember, everything will fall into place. You never really know who is going to be the right person that connects you with that certain someone. I know my mom and MIL never saw that coming ;)
  It really was a lifetime in the making......


xx, tbp
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