If you haven't read Part I , Part II, or Part III, check it out before reading this post. Nobody like a spoiled ending!
When I was a little girl, I never wanted to be a doctor, banker, or ballerina. My dream was clear. At a very young age, I knew that I wanted to be a wife and mother (of 12 to be exact). As crazy as it sounds, I daydreamed about driving a 15 passenger van, doing the laundry, and having dinner on the table when my husband came home from work. I have no idea where that dream came from but it is clearly written on my heart.
When P and I met all those years ago, I had found the other piece of my puzzle. Whether you call it a gut feeling, inspiration of the Holy Spirit, or just plain intuition, I knew he was the one. I had fought for his heart since the day we met. I refused to settle for anything less than who I knew he was created to be and I refused to let myself by tarnished by fear, temptations, and outside pressures.
When he proposed, it was like hitting the last mile of a marathon. We were almost there. Our forever was about to begin. We had no idea where this life was going to take us but we knew that we were up for the adventure as long as we were together.
When our big day came, we were ready. Besides the dress, the party, and our loved ones, we were ready to be married. We stood in awe that this was our reality. How is it possible for two teenagers, from opposite parts of the country, to meet, keep in touch, and then eventually get married. It was crazy!
We had so much fun at our wedding! We laughed, we cried, we danced, and enjoyed the company of our family and friends. The knowledge that the dating, the distance, the phone calls, and the traveling were over was almost surreal. At the end of the day, I was going to get in the car with P and we were going to fly out TOGETHER.
Our happily ever after had come true. We had a plan. Little did we know that in the first year of our marriage we'd have a deployment, a pregnancy, and a move to Naples, Italy...not exactly what one would call the 'honeymoon' stage.