You see before there was this:
|Family Photo - Fall 2010|
|Our wedding - June 11, 2005|
Or even this:
|Getting engaged - December 17, 2004|
There was this:
|My brother and his best friend Dave circa 1996|
Yep, I'm the girl that stole her brother's best friend!
Dave and Jay met in the 6th grade (1993-1994) and became instant friends. All through jr. high, high school and into college they remained close (and still are). From 8th grade year through their last years in high school Dave spent most weekends at our place, and even came on several family vacations with us. At least that's what I'm told...
You see, here comes the interesting part - I don't remember him AT ALL! I can not recall even one instant of him being at our house or ever going on vacation with us.
This is what happens when your brother's best friend is FOUR YEARS younger than you. And being that I was ahead in school, we were FIVE GRADE levels apart.
I'll help you do the math - when I graduated from high school Dave was finishing 7th grade.
Does that make me sound creepy?
Ewwww...it really does!
We won't even talk about this:
Oh far from it!
This was me chaperoning the homecoming court lunch my first year working at Country Christian School - and posing with the 2000 homecoming King. I can't tell you what I was thinking in this picture, but it was definitely NOT, "Hey one day I think I'm gonna marry this guy." It was probably more along the lines of, "I hope they don't put this in the yearbook" - which they did!
It was not until Dave came back from his first year of college and joined the youth worship team with me that I noticed him as someone more than just "that kid that hangs out with my brother!" We became friends working in youth leadership and I fell in love with him watching him worship.
And now we lead worship at our church together as heads over the worship ministry and I just have to smile when I think about how blessed I am and how he is just the perfect one for me.
So thanks Jay - thanks for being best friends with someone that needed to be in my life (even if I didn't notice he was in it for all those years) and thanks for sharing him with me now.
And thanks babe for loving me even though I completely ignored you growing up!
I love you more than words can say!