Saturday, April 12, 2008

11 Years Ago Today.........


I married my best friend.


Its crazy amazing how time flies. How life changes. (and how different we look) How Gods mercy and love is the same today as it was back then.

Eleven Years, seven moves, four kids, and still madly in love.

David and I met on October 29, 1989 - my sweet hubby actually remembers the date. His family visited the church I grew up in, it was hard to miss that family of 9 walking in. We didn't think much of each other, to be perfectly honest, we were both nerds. Like real nerds. As in way too embarrassed to ever post those kinds of pictures on something this public. Yep, for me big hair, crimping, glasses, the whole bit. David had glasses, he was just hitting his puberty pudge, we were HOTT! Boy does time change things.

We became best friends and just enjoyed each others company. We could talk about anything. Life, future plans, school, goals. We could do a whole lot of nothing but it was fun because we were together. I remember sitting with him and his brothers just talking about stupid stuff and laughing hysterically.

Later in 1994 we both worked at a Children's seminar and David was with the group of special needs kids. I watched him as he carried the little boy with cerebral palsy on his shoulders, that kid loved him and David treated him like a king. I saw something in him that made my feelings go a little deeper then a friend. I wasn't about to admit that though. We both went our separate ways travelling and furthering our home school education through various programs. David went to Russia for 3 mo in his Jr. year of high school and I remember being a little jealous that he got to go. Plus I missed him like crazy, but I didn't want him to know that!

We were both working alot and deciding what we wanted to do for the future. David went into a construction apprenticeship and I went to college to pursue a career in emergency medicine. We still hung out but we were both busy and our lives were on two different levels. Our families had a weekly bible study with another family so we spent time there but that was about it.

Long nights talking on the phone, time passed and we realized we were falling in love, being platonic friends wasn't going to be in our future. Neither one of us would admit it, we were afraid of change.

One night before we left for a ski trip David snuck a kiss. A little shocked, a little not. Crazy unsure of what this would mean I was nervous. We spent the weekend hitting the slopes, kissed a little more I decided liked kissing him. Life was good.

We dated for a year. A little crazy at times, we were young and madly in love. David proposed on February 26, 1997. Big church wedding. Moved away from our small hometown and lived happily ever after. Well mostly. Young love. wee daughter. Big challenges. Thankful for a great big God who sees us through even our toughest of times. I am more in love with him now then I've ever been.

Babe - I love you. I can't wait to get old with you.

15 comments:

DangitAnge said...

Awww!! You guys look like babies! I want to see more 'young Erica and David' pictures. Perty please?? :D

Congratulations!! :D

craftaddictconfessional said...

Happy anniversary! And I'm with Angela -- more pics, please!

LISA said...

Happy Anniversary!Now you guys are "hot and sexy" see .....ya never know!!
We definetly need the BEFORE pics! LOL!

My Blessed Life said...

David hasn't changed however Erica looks like a completely different person. You two are so cute. Yes please do post other pictures I would love to see them. Happy Anniversary Shubins.

Thosekrazzylunds said...

Happy Anniversary! Yup - April 12th is a great day! Missed you yesterday but hope you had a great day and that everyone's feeling better.

Love the picture of you guys! :)

Sarah said...

Ok, now that was too cute. Funny funny funny! I especially laughed at the thought of you seeing nerdy little david (glasses and all) walk in, and you not realizing that, that handsome stud was gonna be knight in shining armor.
Happy Anniversary you guys!! Wishing you many more fabulous years together!!

Stacie said...

happy anniversary
wishing you many more

Lori said...

Oh I love it!! You look like little kids in your wedding photo!! Happy Anniversary! It sounds like you started the post intending to tell it all in alot of detail and then realized you bit off more than time would allow when you reached the last paragraph... you're too funny. I hope I'm right because it's exactly what happens to me everytime... I just end up fast forwarding to the end when I don't have enough time to finish! ;)

Amanda & Andrew said...

Congratulations on 11 years! :) (I love the picture, by the way).

I enjoyed learning more about you guys as a couple.

And, I loved the guitar hero pics from the post before this! :)

Annie said...

Starting out as best friends always makes for the best marriages! Love your story....Happy Anniversary :)

Jeff and Abby said...

OHHHH! Congrats! LOVE the story...I just love hearing how God brings people together. Hope things are going good!

GWEN OATSVALL said...

happy annv. !!! love the picture ...

megan said...

Happy Anniversary!!!

Amy said...

Ahh Young love! Great story... You guys have known each other for some years! Happy Anniversary!

I realized after posting my comment on the above post, that you clearly did figure out the header stuff, right? It looks great. Secondly, how often does David come to OKC...I think you need to come with him sometime!

Stacie said...

Awww - I have chills! So sweet.

You must post those pictures though! I'll post my shaved head pictures from 1989 if you do!