On our anniversary I thought I would write out our story. So read at your own risk!
Ike and I went to the same school k-12, so we have pretty much known each other forever. I guess the story kicks off in the 8th grade, Ike and I worked in the library together. I thought he was the most annoying boy alive. He made it his job to pester me, so needless to say we fought all year long. But there were a few nice moments when he was helping me study (or I should say telling what was on the test). That summer the church Ike went to lead the VBS for my church at the time. At the end of this week it was like a light bulb went off in my head…I LIKED IKE (this was 1997…just for the record)! And from that moment on I was hooked! Wouldn’t it be great story if that was when it all took off but not quite! It would take Ike much longer!! We had our own little worlds in high school, and while those occasionally crossed; we were mostly doing our own things during this time. I needed to add that he did take me to senior prom! Through those years we did become best friends. Then it was off to college, and we both went to Mississippi State. I am sure Ike thought I was following him. Haha..But I knew that was where God wanted me to go, and looking back I am 100% certain I made the right decision. Nothing changed when we were at state together. We hung out like always and talked like we always had. And just like in high school, people noticed the connection and would say, “You two will get married one day”. While I hoped this was true I was beginning to doubt it. Ike’s sophomore year at state was a killer. He was working 30+ hours a week and taking 19 hours. At the end of that year he dropped a bomb on us all and joined the Air Force. At the time it seemed like the end of the world for me. We spent the entire summer hanging out before he left in September. I took him to Jackson the night before he flew out to basic training, and cried the entire time! I will never forget he sang the song, “It's time to say goodbye my friend” while he held me crying. For the next 6 or 7 weeks, I wrote him a letter every single day and waited for his calls. In November, I went with his mom and Rose to watch him graduate from basic training. When we left him I really thought that this was going somewhere, but I think Ike was just thankful for my friendship. He came home for holidays, and I went to visit him in California for spring break. I was at the airport every time he came home. I know people thought I was crazy (they told me often….) But Ike’s friendship was so important to me…. even if that is all it ever was. It was not until January 2006 that Ike and I started dating! I was in grad school (8th grade-grad school) I finished grad school in July and moved to Augusta, GA where he was stationed. We dated until May 2007, when Ike proposed, and a year later May 24, 2008 we were married! I look back at our story and how it all came to be, and I reminded that God’s will and timing are perfect. I can remember begging God to let Ike feel the same as me or to take the feelings I had for him out of my heart. At the time I could not understand why I could feel like this for someone that did not return my feelings. Ike was so much wiser than me, and said time and time again that if we dated he would know without a doubt that he would put a ring on my finger. Now I see that God showed me the standard early on so I would never settle for less than His best for me, and he made Ike wise to guard my heart. So now I am thankful for that time where Ike and I were becoming the people we are today. These past 2 years has been the ABSOLUTE best, looking forward to 100 more!