Some of you know our story. Some of you don’t. In honor of Valentines Day, I thought I’ll share it with you 🙂
Back when I was still attending school, our route would take us past a certain farm. We watched that farm, hoping to catch a glimpse of the cute boy we’d seen working there. I say we, as in the silly, young, boy crazy girls in the school van. I was one of those girls. At that point, I didn’t know that the boy was Dale 🙂
Enter the year I turned 16. One morning, we were finishing up chores. Dale chose that morning to stop in at our farm, asking if we needed any help on the farm. He knew my Father had purchased a tractor that he thought would be great to drive 🙂 Anyways, we were done milking, and I was over in the dry cow pen, trying to separate some to move to another pen. I’m not sure why I attempted it on my own. Maybe I thought the cows would cooperate. At any rate, they were giving me a run for my money, and my patience levels with cows is very slim. After repeatedly yelling for some help, with no response, I huffed my way into the cow barn, flung open the door and yelled, ” Is everybody deaf around here??!!” At that moment, I saw Dale coming into the barn. I wanted to disappear! I slammed the door shut that I had just opened and ran to the knothole in the wall, peeking through it. The boy, the cute boy, was in our barn! And I just yelled very angrily. And I was very unattractively dressed. With some very ugly long stockings 🙂 I was doomed.
If only I had known, he never even saw me or heard me 🙂 The best part was, Dad actually needed some extra help, and he hired him. Thus began our story. I unfortunately, wasn’t the only girl in our family. I had a sister above me that was single, and a sister below me. We all thought Dale was cute. Good he didn’t know that, he may have felt proud 😉
For some reason, he chose me 🙂 Maybe because I was closest to his age. I certainly wasn’t the most attractive 🙂 You would have to ask him why he noticed me.
I know there was concern with our parents, over our growing attraction of each other, and being together almost every day. I didn’t mind 🙂 But we were young, and looking back, I know it wasn’t the ideal situation. On the other hand, we learned to know each other , not just on a dressed up, date night level, but a working together on the hard days. You learn to know someone pretty quickly, when you are working with them. I think I told you in another post, how I said I would never marry a farmer. When Dale came along, that idea went through the roof 🙂 And my poor mother! I remember numerous fights with my sisters over him. Oh my! Now, we can laugh about it 🙂
So we worked together on the farm. Dale became a great help to Dad. He had not grown up on a farm, but worked on his neighbor’s farm, and it was in his blood. Still is 🙂
We got older, started dating. Sometimes, we’d fall asleep on our dates because we were so tired, and had seen each other that day anyhow, so there wasn’t much to talk about 🙂 But farming was just way more exciting with him around 😉 Our first kiss was beside the straw mow 🙂
And we made mistakes, as many young people do. When we look back on those years, there are things we wish we had done differently. But God forgives us of our messups. And while I know we were young, I wouldn’t change a thing about how we met! I love our story!
We married young, both 19 yrs. old, on a hot August day. A little over a year later, we welcomed our first child into our lives. Now, we are headed for our 14th anniversary this summer. And we have 4 children.
It’s been wonderful! And it’s been very hard. If you are married, you know that it is not all roses. It takes hard work, giving up of ourselves. It takes forgiveness, and patience. But it is so worth it!
This Valentines Day, I am so thankful for our marriage! I think it gets better as the years go on 🙂 And I thank God, that we have each other!
Happy Valentines Day, to each of you!