Monday, February 13, 2012

What's YOUR love story {link-up}

1. How long have you and your significant other been together?
Aaron and I have been together since we first met... in high school.
 We just celebrated our 11th year together last month.

2. How did you meet? {What's your "love" story?}
I moved to the small town my Freshman year of high school.
Scared to death but made it. I briefly had interest in this guy... {always right?} who
brought major tears to my heart right from the start. However he was best friends with Aaron's cousin - who a lot of time would be hanging out together.
It's strange to say when I first heard his name, I instantly wanted to know who he was.
Our town is very small so it didn't take me long to meet everyone ...
but it did for this guy {Aaron}.
After four months of being the new kid on the block & hearing the name, Aaron Drew being tossed around, my life changed when I  attended a high school dance. When leaving with my friend, I stopped to talk to the brother of the guy I had interest in who was sitting in the passenger seat of a white Ford F-150, the driver of the truck was the guy I was waiting to run into for the last months. Leaving that night, I told my friend that he {Aaron} was gonna be my next boyfriend. And he was. Who is now my husband.
The LONG road started then.
To read the continued story... go here.

3. If married, how long have you been married? If not, is this the guy you hope to marry? {do tell}
We've been married for five months and 10 days.

4. If you are married, where did you get married at? Big or small wedding? If not, where would you like to get married? And will it be big or small?
We got married in Statesboro, Georgia - right outside from the small town we live in.
The Venue was perfect - rustic elegance & our wedding day was so happy.
We had a rather big wedding - 300 guests.
Even though I am still recapping all kinds of posts, you can check it out here.
It was an amazing year for the both of us.

5. Do you have any nick-names that you call one another? Do share!
HA! Geez, if you follow me you know m husband is what I call a "man child".
He has the best sense of humor and keeps me laughing. He has many many many nicknames for me.
Let's see: For starters lets say it is VERY odd for Aaron to call me by name.
If I hear "Jessica" come out of his mouth it's very strange and I don't like it. He is the only person that doesn't call me Jess & for the past year + he's started calling me, j.
A couple other names I hear from him are
Grump.a.lotta.mus {when i'm a grump}
For him? I'm pretty lame. It's usually just {Aaron, Babe, or Honey}
6. Name 3 things you love most about your honey.
his sense of humor {see why here}
his manly-ness. So sexy.
his leadership & friendship.

7. Tell us how he proposed? Or your ideal proposal?
Well. For years and years I waited so patiently for that moment.
I started to believe it would never happen. All our friends were married & the most popular question at every occasion was "When are you two getting married?". No one caught the garter/bouquet at weddings because they were pretty much just thrown to us.
I started to refuse to go out there. Ha!
After 9 years and 11 months of dating Aaron finally dropped on one knee and asked me to marry him. Read our story here because it's a lot. I will say that every moment waiting was worth every second of feeling it would never happen. There is nothing more amazing than knowing when your husband {to-be} pops the questions, he's ready for his whole life to start right then with you. It may not make sense because it didn't when a friend of mine explained it to me. Nothing more makes sense. If you did read our story back on questions #2 you may understand a little better. You always hear, Love is worth waiting for - yeah well so is the commitment of Marriage.
8. Is he a flowers and teddy bear kind of guy for v-day, or strawberries, champagne, and rose petals?
Never flowers. Sadly he won't send me flowers. He says he can't understand to spend that amount of $ on something that will die. Aaron is a fine line between a romantic type and a teddy bear type. However, he's grown out of the stuffed animals but hasn't quite grown into the strawberries and rose petals {with an amazing exception of our our wedding night}.  He's more of a romantic dinner type and a gift of something very meaningful.
He has never let me live down the year we were somewhere around the age 19? And we agreed we were gonna take it light... and he cooked me a wonderful dinner and just gave me a stuffed animal. I was a brat and got all upset because he left the price tag on it and it was like $4. Yep. He won't ever forget it. I feel horrible.
I love nothing more than a {don't rush us} dinner with wonderful conversation.
Check out his surprise for me last year.

9. Are you a sunset dinner on the beach kind of girl, or pop a movie in and relax on the couch?
Ohhh definitely a sunset on the beach kind of girl. All the way.
Now, I DO very much love our {date nights at home}.I'd never get them up for anything. Buuuuut I'm a romantic girl.
Bring me to the fairytale life. Most of the time, I plan the romantic sunsets and such..
but hey - I'm okay with that. As long as he's there with me. Let's roll with it.
If I wait on him to think of something like that I get let down. Which is what you learn in 11 years. If you want it you go get it. So I do & you will see that at the end of this post.

10. Tell us one thing you'd like to do with your significant one day. If you could do anything? Go anywhere?
Ohhh gosh we were just talking about this the other night. About where would we want to go if we won the lottery. Well when we were deciding on a honeymoon- Geez, never research honeymoons. Instantly fall in love with everywhere you can't afford.
I fell head over heals in love with this one place. We would have definitely gone if it weren't for flight expense - This place has made it on my bucket list and my husband knows this....
It's called Paws Up Resort in Montana.
I want to go "Glamping" & ride horses along the water streams and go hiking through the mountains. BIG BIG BIG dream of mine.
Being he is such an outdoors guy & I am more of a room service girl {who loves adventure}... it was perfect.
However we could not afford $1000 per person for flight + resort expense.
One day... one day.
11. Tell us what you plan on doing on this Valentine's Day?Well the hubs is taking me out to dinner tomorrow night. But I showed him a little love yesterday. Of course there was a little unexpected whether change so it kind of through me off but it still happened. My husband is a fisherman. LOVES it. Last year since all kinds of wedding events were happening I decided to make Valentines about him. We went to his families property up in South Carolina to his favorite place to fish and... well we fished. It really was great. So this year I wanted to so something like that again. We did have plans to go back but with work being crazy busy it was impossible.
I ran into this valentine card that said, You have my heart on a string and thought fun. I can coordinate fishing + my love with this.
So I came up with this...

But you must come back tomorrow to see how it all went down.

12. Are you asking for anything this Valentine's day?
I never do. I think Valentines Day is about showing your love & sharing it.
It doesn't really have to be anything just a thought.
Aaron would totally say I was a crock of shiiiii if he saw this answer.

13. Give us one piece of advice of keeping a relationship strong and full of love. Wow. Broad statement.
I believe in keeping the friendship alive & always loving your partner more.
If you read our story you will see we hit a lot of struggles but we never ever  gave up even when we tried to & on at our weakest moments. A relationship isn't easy. It's work, everyday. I always remind myself that if I can work for weeks on hosting the perfect baby shower or wedding shower and put SO much time and thought into it - then I must be able to do the same thing for Aaron. It's a never ending job but the most rewarding job you can ever have and want. Being in love with a person who shares all the good and the bad about life... it's amazing. I also believe is always keeping the laughter alive. {trying} to never say "well why should I do that for him if he doesn't..." or "when he does that, I'll..." It doesn't work that way. {Always Love More} - that's what I write to every bride & groom and every signature on a bridal shower card  & ever wedding guest book.
Always Love More
It's the best thing I ever started living by. {& yes, a lot of time I struggle.}

14. Show us a picture of what love means to you.
This is tough because I don't think love can truly be defined in a picture.
But it can symbolize something which is why I chose this below.

Love is walking together through all the good and the bad & always holding on.
Love doesn't Run.  Wearing his class ring closest to my heart on our wedding day was something very special to me.

The End


Steph@ Living The Young Life said...

sweet!! Everytime i read 11 years it makes me think of the 12 i have been with B .. its hard when your young but i'm glad we made it and i'm glad ya'll did as well!! :)

Nicole said...

Girl, you gotta get to Montana! That's where I'm from! I know the flights are expensive, but it's totally worth it :)

Valerie Griffin said...

so sweet you wore his class ring on your wedding day!

Carolyn said...

I love this! SO SWEET! :)

Rebekah said...

I loved reading this! I think it's amazing you guys have been together so long!

Ashley said...

Holy hotness! I l-o-v-e your wedding photos. You looked stunning. Sometimes I think about making up a love story for myself just so I can go try on dresses =)

lori said...

jessica, you are STUNNING! what a gorgeous bride and wedding! i love your something blue.

Michelle P said...

awww cute! I love this!

College Dating said...

The two of you are such a fabulous couple! I was really inspired by your love story. :') God bless the both of you.