My Love Story


It’s been said about many romances in books, my own included, that the love just happens too fast.  That’s it’s not believable or realistic.  That love just doesn’t develop that quickly.  And sometimes it’s true.  Sometimes you just say “come on…”.  But I want to tell you a story that proves that sometimes it does just happen that fast.

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I met my husband Justin when I was 18.  Just 22 days after I turned 18 to be exact.  He was 22 at the time.  I had just graduated from high school a few months before and the world was waiting for me to take it over!  I’m not super proud to say that we met through MySpace (back in the day when it was booming) in a roundabout way.  We talked online one morning for about 3 hours.  I wish I had saved that conversation somewhere, we talked about some really interesting stuff (and I don’t mean that in a sarcastic, bad way…).  I was supposed to go out with a different guy that night but my previous date with him had been bad, and I mean bad in the way where I was actually scared to go out with him again.  Justin talked me out of going out with that guy and going out with him instead.

He picked me up later that evening and we went out for dinner and a movie.  As we were going through the day I just kept thinking “wow, something feels… different, about this guy”.  Justin was the first guy I ever kissed on a first date.  And he even had me home by 11:00 pm.

We went out the very next day.  And the day after that, and the day after that.  Within a few weeks we were already talking about getting married.  Our lives changed for each other drastically, fast.  We moved, one of us switched universities just days before school started.  And within 7 weeks of us talking/meeting for the very first time, Justin asked me to marry him, and I said yes without any hesitation.  He also had one heck of a ring for me ; )

Things were crazy for the next few months.  We were both going to school full time, both working graveyard shifts full time, and planning a wedding.  And then not long after we got engaged, I got the bomb dropped on me that my parents were finally getting a divorce.  Despite knowing it was coming for a long time, it was still hard to take.  Justin held me that entire night after I found out while I bawled my eyes out.

On December 28, 2005, Justin and I were married in the Manti, Utah Temple (for more info check out www.lds.org).  Just 17 weeks after we had met.  Justin and I went 5 ½ years of seeing each other every single day until our daughter spent a week in the hospital and we had to switch every few days so one of us could be at home with our son.  We’ve had maybe 3 or 4 fights since that very first day.  We balance each other out, despite being very different types of people.

Sometimes love does happen that fast.  It’s not often and sometimes it dies out just as quickly as it formed.  But that kind of love does exist. 

And I’m living out my own love story.

14 comments:

Chantele Sedgwick said...

What a beautiful story. It sort of reminds me of mine. :) We went on our first date, dated for 4 weeks, got engaged, and got married in the Salt Lake temple 3 1/2 months later. We celebrated our 8 year anniversary in March! ;)
If it's meant to be, it's meant to be. :) Thanks for sharing!

Safari Poet said...

A beautiful story and what a gorgeous wedding dress.

Jenni Merritt said...

What a great post! See... love doesn't have to take 10 years (or an entire series) to develop!

Makes me want to post my own love story. :)

Morgan said...

lovely story. I remember this story and going to your reception. You guys got on the ball real quick. But when it's love and when it's meant to be- who are we to stop or slow it down? <3 the story!

Patricia Lynne said...

Great story and lovely dress! My hubby and I met in an MSN chat room and while we took 11 years to get married, we were a couple almost the whole time.

Kimmel Tippets said...

Great story! Thank you for sharing it with us. I've never doubted it can happen that fast, I've never been a skeptic, but it's still fun to hear about how people met. My own story wasn't that fast since my husband and I started dating in high school and we both served missions for the church, but our wedding was FAST! lol

The Mecham Family said...

Well I'm glad you still love him... ;)

Natalie Valdes said...

This was so cute. And you are so right about how sometimes love happening fast!

C.J Duggan said...

Great post! Makes me want to post up when I met my hubby. We were the same met and were engaged about 3 weeks later. When you know you know. We are different but that is what balance's us out, why we work. Thanks for sharing. I love these stories.

C.J Duggan said...

P.S My parents divorced in our first month of dating. It was really hard so I know how upsetting it is. I too was lucky to have a shoulder to cry on, the fact I had such a great support at the time when we were 'just' dating made me realise how special he was. We have been together for 9years so I have used that shoulder MANY more times since then. :)

Keary Taylor said...

Thanks everyone! I love hearing about all of your love stories as well! :)

Taddy said...

Keary that is a beautiful love story, thank you for sharing with us.
My husband and I have been started dating when we were 17 yrs old, and married 7 years later. So we've been married for 10 but together, straight, no breakups, no real fights ever in 17 yrs.

I totally believe you can find your one true love when you are young and that it can happen fast and that you CAN know in a short amount of time that you want to spend the rest of your life with that person. My husband and I knew that we'd get married when we were 17.

That is my one pet peeve, when people scoff at how "unrealistic" YA romance novels( paranormal or otherwise) can be when the main characters fall in love very fast and very hard, or find their soul mate at a very young age. I always argue, that this kind of love is indeed completely based in reality. It happens in real life, and aren't books just a much more interesting reflection of life as we know it to be( aka reality)?

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