Thursday, October 10, 2013

10 Years Later ~ The Smartie Pants & The Golfer

It was on this day 10 years ago, that an unsuspecting but excited college girl and a laid-back college golfer had some mutual friends plan a dinner solely for the purpose of setting the two of them up.  10 years ago, that girl ate dinner with her friends and the golfer, but then had to leave for a couple of hours due to a prior obligation.  However, she was counting the moments until she could head back to her friends and meet up with them for an evening of bowling (yes, we were all rebels!)  10 years ago, that girl, the golfer, and their friends said their goodbyes...but the night didn't end there.  Going against everything she had ever been taught, but listenng to everything in her heart, that girl invited the golfer over to her apartment to keep talking and to get to know one another.  The golfer ended up leaving only in time to catch the bus for a practice round of a golf tournament he was scheduled to play in that day. 
 And...the rest is history.

While Hubby & I had met each other a few years earlier, it wasn't until the 21st Birthday party of a mutual friend that it was decided we should meet and be introduced.  I wasn't in attendance for the party, but I still remember this voicemail I received after coming home from a Campus Crusade retreat.  It was my fairly intoxicated friend who said in some form or fashion..."Hey Lauren, we've got a friend that we want to set you up with!"  I honestly didn't think anything would ever come of that voicemail...but thank goodness my friends actually followed through with their plans! 

I truly can't believe that we've been together for 10 years.  When God brought us together, I had basically decided to take a small break from guys hoping that God would provide my sky-dropper...someone who basically just fell out of they sky and was perfect for me.  And honestly...I believe that God provided just that. While it hasn't ALL been sunshine and roses, it has been a pretty incredible 10 years and I can't wait to see what the next 10 years will hold for us. 

In the past 10 years we've...

*Grown up just a little bit from those naive college students and have reached our 30s!
*Travelled a ton...from Michigan to Charleston, SC to Florida to Colorado to the Caribbean to Hawaii...we've had lots of road trips and LOTS of memories. 

*Been through wisdom teeth removal, a broken leg, and a skin cancer removal...all for Hubby.  Just FYI, Hubby is NOT a good patient...but he's getting better!
*Spent many nights watching various sporting events...St. Louis Cardinals, Michigan Wolverines, & of course, golf...just to name a few. 

*Celebrated many birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and graduations with new family & friends. 
*Developed some wonderful "couple friends"...some of whom we knew before meeting and some we've met since becoming a couple. 

*Said our vows in front of a couple hundred family & friends & then travelled on an amazing honeymoon that will hopefully be recreated one day! 
*Moved into a house that we are happy to call our home and haven't moved again...yet.   

*Joined a church that we LOVE and have found a fabulous place to call our church home. 
*Increased our family size from 2 to 3 by becoming parents to the most wonderful little girl. 
*Started to work together, in the same office, and our relationship has lived to tell about it! 

Over the last decade, we've become best friends, lovers, co-workers, parents, partners in crime, shoulders to cry on, and so much more...I can't even wait to see what the next decade holds for us!


Murdock's mama said...

So happy for you guys... you're adorable! :)

Kate @ Daffodils said...

I love all the old pictures! Kev and I have known each other for 11 years and been together for almost seems crazy! BUt like you, we have only gotten closer and i am so grateful that God dropped him from the sky for me to :)

Joelle said...

love love love this! so happy for you!

Mrs. Pancakes said...

awww...LOVE LOVE this Lauren. you guys were so cute together when you were younger and of course are cute but i love seeing the young Laymans!!

Jennifer said...

Wow ten years! I love that you can look back and see so much life shared together. Wishing you both much more life and happiness in the coming years!

TOI said...

Happy one decade. I am so happy for you guys. I love how you suit each so well. To many more wonderful decades