Kevin and I met each other in October of 1995 at a pumpkin patch. I was 12 years old and he was 13. I was investigating the LDS church, and the young men and women were working the pumpkin patch to earn money for boys and girls camp. I met him and his group of friends. One of his friends asked me to date him. I said "NO!" Then I turned to Kevin (who I think had been attempting to flirt with me), and said "Are you going to be dumb enough to ask me out too?" He said no then mumbled under his breath something I'm not sure he realized I ever heard (I have super human hearing.... just ask my family. They hate it).... he mumbled... But I'll marry you one day. I thought to myself. Ya right maybe in your dreams.
Thus our "relationship" developed. He quickly became friends with my dad just so he could come over to my house without me inviting him. He knew that would never happen (yes, I was mean). I came out of my room one day and saw him there and actually snuck out the back door just so I didn't have to face him... Again. He would literally come to my house every single day. Then the worst thing ever happened.... My sister started dating his brother which meant we had to spend even more time together.
I liked to spend time with my sister and her friends, and now she was spending all of her time with Kevin and Troy (his brother). I decided to give in and try to have a little fun in the process. I mean, come on, how bad could it be hanging around someone who worships the ground you walk on. We would go to movies, fishing, to the park, and a few other places. Kevin took it all wrong and started asking me out every single day. Yes, I mean every single day. He was so sweet, but I was only 12 years old. I kept telling him no. One day I finally gave in and agreed to be his girlfriend for 2 days :)
After a while he stopped being quite as desperate, and we became best friends. We did everything together. I actually started to depend on him to be there for me, but I could not tell him that. For years we were inseparable. We did everything together especially after he got his license. He would drive me wherever I wanted to go, but then I would get a boyfriend, and everything would change.I didn't realize that I was breaking the heart of my very best friend. Then his parents decided that he was better off to just cut all ties to me, and they actually forbid that he see me. They told him that if he was seen hanging out with me, they would take his truck away. For a while he would still come over before or after school, but eventually he was gone.
I hadn't seen him for almost a year (other than at church) when it hit me. I realized that part of me was missing, but I didn't know that part of me was Kevin until I saw him with someone else. I knew I had to do something because this hole in my heart was getting bigger everyday. Lucky for me it was softball season at church. There is one thing about Kevin's family.... If there is softball being played, they will be there. I took this opportunity to give him a CD I had made with some songs that made me think of him along with a letter.
It didn't take long. He called me the next day and told me that he had broken up with his girlfriend. We started to date in September of 2000, and we got engaged on Christmas Day of 2000.
Then the best day ever.... 10 years ago today Kevin and I got married!
Here is a pic of us today :) Still as happy as can be.
Kevin thought he deserved a treat for putting up with me for the first 6 years of our relationship. He said the last 10 have been a breeze in comparison :)
I needed a treat too, but mine is a little healthier. Apparently I must be harder to deal with afterall ;)
I may have been stubborn when I was 12 years old, but I had it figured out by the time I was 17.
May 26, 2001 was the best day of my life. I married my very best friend :)