We attended Patrician Academy, attended First Baptist Church, and grew up in Butler. We had been friends since we were young. With the start of a new school year, many people noticed we had been "talking" (the clever term used when you were interested in someone). With Homecoming fast approaching, Tony secured his spot as my date (via Codi Stafford and Neal Cook), however we were not yet "going out." On Thursday, September 22, 2005, Tony was ready to take the next step for high school love. Once he was finished with football practice, he waited for me to finish with dance practice. While we were standing next to the picnic tables waiting for my Momma to pick me up, he asked me to be his Girlfriend! I have always joked with him that his interest in me spiked only because of the dance skirt and blonde hair (which was fake), but I guess he does not mind my physical appearance changes through the past years and obviosuly has decided to stick around.
Defined by many at the time, we were considered to be "going out" however Tony was 17 and I was only 15. My parents did not allow me to ride around with anyone older than me nor could I talk on the phone for more than 20 minutes, and I certainly could not go on dates. Regardless of strict parenting, Tony patiently "went out" with me only during school hours and extracurricular events. Eventually, he and I started the dating experience through the rest of my high school career and his college career. Through the ups and downs of life, college, and my family's move to Louisiana we have stuck together and grown so much. Throughout the past seven years, we have matured from the statuses of "going out" to "dating" to "long distance travelers" and now "marriage partners." Although our relationship has not been like most, we have had many experiences and opportunities to explore and grow in life and love ranging from Atlanta to New Orleans.
We are loving marriage, Birmingham life, and especially the opportunity to spend day-in and day-out with each other. We are so grateful the Lord saw fit for us to share life and love. Tomorrow we celebrate three months of marriage, and I have so much hope and joy for what our future may bring. Every once in a while, in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairytale. :)
As many of you know, I am a lover of quotes and bible verses representing inspiration, and I adore savoring memories through photography. If you are taking the time to read today I hope you enjoy a walk down memory lane with me. Until next time, happy blogging. :)
"We love because He first loved us." - 1 John 4:7
"Many waters cannot quench this love, nor can floods drown it." -Song of Solomon 8:7
"See what kind of love the Father has given us..." - 1 John 3:1
"Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away." 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart." - Helen Keller
"If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together. There is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart... I'll always be with you."
"Distance is not for the fearful, it is for the bold. It's for those who are willing to spend a lot of time alone in exchange for a little time with the one they love. It's for those knowing a good thing when they see it, even if they don't see it nearly enough."
"Some people come into your life and end up changing your world."
"A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you." -Elbert Hubbard
"Being deeply loved by someone give you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." -Lao Tzu
"Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own." -Robert A. Heinlein
"I have found the one whom my soul loves." Song of Solomon 3:4
"Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind." -Philippians 2:2
To my handsome Groom- Thank you for loving me more with each day, for supporting my dreams, and sharing this crazy thing called life as my better half. As I look back on the past seven years, all I can say is I thought I loved you then. (Bring on seven more!) Now, my love for you means even more. I cherish you, am proud of all you have accomplished, that which you represent, and above all, am honored to be your Wife. Thank you for being so dedicated to read my blog posts each day! You are the best of the best and I am blessed you call me yours. With my whole heart for my whole life, you are the only fish in the sea for me. :)
Forever and Always, Kel