Picture yourself as a divorced woman who also had just broken off an engagement from your boyfriend of 2 ½ years; that was me April of 2011, and if anyone would have told me at that time, I would be married by August of that same year, I would have laughed really hard.
|I think we used every single dish in my friend's kitchen!|
I hadn’t seen my friend in a while, so I was busy catching up with her, basically ignoring Joseph. Let’s just say our first date wasn’t what you’d say, going smoothly. The food however, was delicious and as the night progressed, the conversation was good by the end. I left around 11:00 o’clock and thought I wouldn’t hear from Joseph again.
|Perhaps the best tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich ever!|
|The worst lasagna rolls imaginable! Joseph was a perfect gentleman and ate them anyway, even though with each bite bread crumbs would jump off the roll and shoot up his nose and all over his face.|
On our third date we watched a movie together. For practically the whole movie Joseph sat next to me with the back of his hand pressed next to the back of mine. He was so cute, scared to make the first move, so I finally just grabbed his hand, and we enjoyed the rest of the moving holding hands together. We kept dating, dating, and dating, and somewhere in between all of our dating, I met his children and parents, he met my parents and family, oh and we fell in love. By June we were engaged and we were married on August 1.
|Our silly daughter, Krista.|
|Macsen, 10 going on 40.|
|The amazing Diego.|
|Joseph made my engagement/wedding ring from a 1962 quarter. Quarters 1965 and older were solid silver; they aren't anymore.|
I can’t begin to tell you all of the comments we got from people because our relationship moved forward so quickly. Some people said we wouldn’t last a year, others said we’re moving too fast and didn’t know each other. On the flip side, my parents were happy for us, and Joseph’s mom suggested we forgo a wedding and just go to the court house to get married; I really liked that idea. Joseph suggested that we might want a wedding, a story of our marriage that is more than just a court house marriage. He was right; we planned a small wedding with our families and close friends, and it was beautiful.
Read Joseph's side of our love story HERE!