Today is K’s 30th birthday. In honor of that (and our one year anniversary, which is also today), I thought I’d share the story of how we met and eventually went on that very first date. K and I attend the same awesome church and a couple months after I started attending, I decided to get involved and start serving. It was my very first Sunday serving as a Connect Host (but certainly not my last – now I serve almost every week!) and K was on my team. We didn’t speak much until after church when we were packing up. Somehow football came up and I mentioned that I captioned a social, coed football team. K mentioned he was interested in playing and also had a couple of interested friends. I told him we didn’t have room for three new guys, but that I could give him the league information. I also independently verified his football talents with someone else at church — just in case and you know, because I’m crazy about football 🙂
As it turned out, K’s friends didn’t sign up and he was waitlisted because the league sold out. I felt kind of guilty and decided to offer him a spot on my team. This was in early March of 2012. I was pretty convinced that K was just joining the team because he wanted to hang out with me and so I was a tiny bit reserved around him. Our football season started and much to my relief, K could actually play and was an asset to the them. Also to my relief, he didn’t appear to have joined the team in order to get a date. As my reservations about him melted away, we developed a friendship. I began to enjoy seeing him at church and on the football field. I guess he felt the same way because in early April he asked me out on a date. I said sure…and then heard nothing about the date for a week and a half. I still saw him at football and saw him at church, but he said…nothing about our date! I’m a planner, I’m someone who likes to schedule things in advance and this drove me crazy! I seriously almost considered cancelling our date because he hadn’t made any plans. I am so glad I prayed about it and listened when the Lord told me to control my crazy and chill out 🙂
Full circle…we went out to dinner on K’s birthday (April 18, 2012) and we’ve been together ever since. I am so thankful every day for this fantastic man with such a kind, generous heart and a true desire to serve God. I know just how blessed I am to have found someone who supports me in all my endeavors and who just lets me be me. Happy birthday (and anniversary) to my best friend!