This month on the blog, I’m doing something that I have never done before and I am BEYOND excited about it!
I’ve opened up this little space to give some gentleman the opportunity to share their love stories, and tell us just how much they love their wives.
(Love stories from the husbands point of view, I mean come on…., get the tissues ready.)
To see the rest of the Love Stories, go here.
Erin is one of my best friends in the whole world. We’ve been friends since kindergarten. It’s such an honor to have her husband Adam share their story on the blog today especially because today is her birthday and she’s due literally any second with their third sweet baby.
I dedicate this story to my loving wife Erin. On this your birthday, I hope this story will refresh all the memories we have created together over the last 12 years. Writing has always been a struggle for me. My strength is numbers and it is numbers that brought strength into my life. Our love story began in the back of a Pre-Calculus classroom during the Spring of 2002. I always found math to be an easy subject. Fortunately for me, we can’t say the same for Erin. I eagerly offered her my help on a regular basis and we quickly became friends. The next step in our story took a nontraditional turn.
Our Junior Prom was fast approaching and I had no plans of attending unless I was in a relationship. One day in class, Erin gave me a note but told me I couldn’t read it until after class. Like any high school boy, a thousand nervous thoughts were rushing through my head. After class, the moment Erin was out of my sight, I read the note. Erin had asked me if I wanted to go to the prom with her. After all these years, I now know how hard that had to be for Erin. She is the type of person that gets nervous calling to order a pizza. I always thought that Erin was attractive but what really drew me to her was her inner beauty. To this day she will go above and beyond for anyone without expecting anything in return. We decided to start dating and haven’t looked back since. We quickly became high school sweethearts and were voted “cutest couple” our senior year.
After high school we decided to stay close and both attended Ball State. I’ve often thought that my life would be a lot different if I had never met Erin. Everyone faces difficult choices, especially during our college years. I am thankful to do this day that Erin and I were close during those years. Without her in my life I am positive that I would not have the same great life that I have today. I knew soon after high school that I was going to marry Erin.
In the summer between our Junior and Senior years of college I decided that I was going to ask Erin to marry me. We decided to take short trip at the end of the summer to get a break before we had to go back to school and I knew this was going to be my chance to propose. We traveled to Sandusky, Ohio where our main attraction was Cedar Pointe. I spent two days trying to find the right time and place to propose while carrying the ring in my pocket the whole time. We ended up spending a day at Cedar Pointe. We spent the whole day riding roller coasters and having a good time but I couldn’t quite find the right time to propose. I kept envisioning the ring falling out of my pocket as we were spinning upside down on the roller coasters. Towards the end of our day we decided to ride the ski lift that goes across the park. I knew this was the time. I pulled out the ring and asked Erin to by my wife. Of course she said yes, and I was relieved that the ring was finally secure on her finger.
On June 28, 2008, in the presence of God, family, and friends, Erin and I became one. The day began with cloudy skies and occasional rain. By the time our wedding began the weather had cleared and we had bright blue skies as if God was giving us his approval. When I first saw Erin walking down the aisle the only thing that I could think was that she was the most beautiful bride I had ever seen. I was extremely nervous as I watched her father escort her down the aisle. I still remember the feel of our clammy palms uniting as I gave my future father in-law a look of “she is in good hands.” I will never forget the feel of your hands wrapped around my neck and our bodies moving as one as we had our first dance. One of my favorite memories from our wedding day was when we just arriving to our hotel after the wedding, our song came on the radio.
Today we have two beautiful children. Emalyn Cecilia will turn 4 on April 20th and Eli Arnold will turn 2 on May 8th. Our third child, Kynlee Reece, is also due to arrive at any moment. Over the past 4 years I have learned that parenthood is very challenging. Without my wife by my side it would be nearly an impossible task. Erin is a great mother and places our children ahead of everything else in her life. I love to see how much our children love their mother.
Every day our love for each other grows stronger. Ever since that fated day in the back of math class, I am a firm believer that there is strength in numbers.