10 years ago

10 years ago, I was a bratty little 8th grader. The “I can be your friend” Veggie tales song comes to mind…. “Have you ever seen a boy with funny clothes, a girl with braces on her teeth or freckles on her nose? If they added something about hair in these ‘princess laia-esque’ big poofy pigtails, that woulda been me. I really thought I looked cool, for some reason, with the bottom half of my pants so big, my now-3-year-old would gladly have used them as the best hiding spot EVER. I seriously wish I had a picture to post right now but really….. remember jnco jeans people?!?! feather lined hoods on fleeces? not fur, feathers people! and pink ones at that! I had the BEST best friend ever, Jessica J, and some other amazing friends…. Amber, my roller skating buddy, Liz & Renee, my partners in crime….and then this guy. This guy that dated all the other girls, even asked my advice about them, who just called me his ‘best buddy’, and couldn’t see that I had the biggest crush in the WORLD on him…… ahhh the good ole’ days. =) Then, 10 years ago today, Jeremy asked me to be his girlfriend and my life changed forever.

Thank you. =)

He taught me to share, and what it was like to care for another person more than yourself, for the first time in my life. He challenged me constantly to be a better person, not to swear so much, not to argue with my parents. Every spare penny he earned he spent on me. I was at a really critical point in my life, in a stage where I was really rebelling after my parents moved our family from Michigan to Illinois. I quit doing my school work, unless it seemed like something interesting. I got bad grades, intentionally. I got detentions for being late to class all the time, and whenever a friend would get a detention for being late, we’d spread the word and a few of us would get detention so we didn’t have to go it alone. Never Jeremy though. He stood his ground and was always on time to class. Sometimes people say he changed after he met me, like it’s a good thing, but I don’t think people noticed so much exactly how much I changed for the better, just having him play such an important role in my life. Most importantly, he challenged my faith. He asked questions that made me think. Over the next several years I would grow spiritually because of him, and if I hadn’t met him, I really wonder where I’d be today…

Reminds me of another song, ‘I will never be, the same again. I can never return, I’ve closed the door.’ I’m so glad I walked out that door and into a life with you. =)

I love you baby!

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I mow like I vacuum. Jeremy mows like its a parallel symmetrical geometry problem.

Alright so does anyone else have as much trouble making themselves mow the lawn? we bought this house in august, and i didn’t really give the lawn much thought…. but its HUGE! it’s probably only like 1/2 an acre out of the ten, and i should be greatful the rest is woods, but really!!!!!!! I have always thought mowing the lawn was a waste of time and resources, but even i have to admit it looks much nicer…. and jeremy and i made a deal. i’d mow the lawn, if he’d do the dishes and get chloe to clean up the livng room! i know how sneaky right? well anyhow it took me almost 2 hours but i did ‘er! and it was GREAT exercise! I was sweating like a pig when i was done…. but anyhow before the mowage happened here’s our conversation….
well some background info first… a few days earlier i had texted him this quote from a book, something about simplifing your live, and one of the suggestions was ‘stop mowing your lawn, and plant a meadow’. okay i SERIOUSLY thought that was about the wisest thing  I had ever heard! So i thought, why can’t i just plant a lawn full of wildflowers?!? well thats still my goal, ask me in a few years if its happened…. here’s to hoping…… =) anyhow we’re arguing the merits of whether the lawn deserves our hard earned cash to the gas tank, and i’m going on about how broke we are, and jeremy’s going on about how the neighbors are gonna think we’re heathens, and then i’m going on about how the inside should be our priority, thats where we have to sleep, and the laundry is getting backed up, and the floors need sweeping and mopping, and I HAVE AN MRI THURSDAY SO FEEL BAD FOR ME AND DO WHAT I SAY!!! really sending him packing ona guilt trip, i know, but thats what i did. he just laughed it off anyways, he knew i was kidding. so, i realize i’m defeated, and make him the offer about how i’ll mow the lawn if he does the dishes. he obliged, grumbling about how i wouldn’t get the whole thing done, blah blah blah, but guess what? I DID! and it felt good! And i told him before i went out that i’d even still do exercise hour with him… guess what? i didn’t. but i still felt good cuz i had mowed that stinkin lawn! lol. what a dilemma. anyhow while i was out there and thinking, i’m like, hey, the Lord would want me to do my best in all things, maybe jeremy IS right about the whole parallel symmetrical geometrical lawn mowing and i should just repair my attitude…. and while i’m on this subject, what on EARTH would the Good Lord think of my raking/lack thereof? HEY! IDEA! Maybe i could get jeremy to put his geometrical mowing method to the raking!!!!!!!!!!!! AHHHHHHH i can tell that will be a story for another day……….. =)