Good morning my little love bunnies! Hope you all had a wonderful Monday. I am embarking on my Monday today..since I had a extra little day off this week!
Today – I wanted to share with you a little story. A love story to be exact. One about a boy and a girl.. who meet.. and fall in love.. under rather normal circumstances.
Why am I sharing this story if it a not so random love story. Well.. because this boy’s name.. is Justin. And the girl.. her name is Cait. And this story holds a special place in my heart.. because it is my story.
It all started one winter day in January of 2010. The 17th of January to be exact. I was in one of my funks.. where I wasn’t too keen on going out very often. Somehow, my former college roomate and one of my best friends convinced to travel 45 minutes from my apartment down to hers.. for a night out on the town :).
I accepted her invitation with some hesitation – because I was in the middle of earning my graduate degree – and interning full time at an elemenrary school. Long nights of drinking usually did not fit in the my schedule. But, I accepted, nonetheless.
The night started out pretty harmless. My girl, Christine, her friend from home, Mare, and I headed out to have some drinks.. bar hopped a few times.
In walked a number of Christine’s coworkers. One began chatting me up – buying me a few drinks. We started dancing… really hitting it off. This boy’s name.. happened to be Justin.
No. It wasn’t a coincidence.. it is actually the same Justin that I am now dating.
So – we danced the night away – and a group of us ended up crashing on the floor.. of Christine’s 500 sq. ft studio apartment. It was a tight squeeze. I think I ended up on the kitchen floor.
The next morning, I was kind enough to drive Justin home – a half hour drive.. through snowy conditions.. in the opposite direction of where I lived.
Quite honestly.. he must have really been appreciative of the fact that I drove him home in stormy weather.. because I haven’t been able to shake him since! 😉
Over the next 6 months – we spent most weekends at my apartment really getting to know each other. When my lease was up – we were both living at home…. and we were separated by more than an hour car drive.
Yes.. I understand there are people who live much further away from their significant other – but this doesn’t make our situation any easier. There were tough times – with the distance.. and with the fact that we were both living with our parents. We had been used to me having my own apartment…so it was an adjustment.
We made it work though – because we love each other. Even when times were hard.. (mostly because of my stubborness…) we pulled through each difficult situation.
Last year – we decided we were going to take a big step in our relationship.. and move in together. Not just move in togther.. like rent. Like.. BUY and move in together.
The process of buying a house (which you can read more about here) was the greatest hardship our relationship had encountered. Our weekends were no longer spent having date nights.. or lounging.. but instead were filled with number crunching, figuring out budgets..and going on endless house hunting adventures.
When we finally closed on our condo – we pulled it together – and did a lot of work to make this house.. OUR home. And it couldn’t be any better. After living with Justin for 9 months.. there is one thing that I am postive of:
I love him more every day. The reasons I love him… well, they are endless.. but I can name a few for ya:
- His patience and understanding. On my toughest of days.. the days when I come home.. and just want to be in my own little bubble.. Justin understands. He knows that I can be stubborn.. I can snap.. and he let’s it roll of his shoulders..and waits for me to return to earth.
- His devotion. Justin puts his heart and soul into everything that he does. Whether it be work.. play.. or a relationship.. you can count on Justin to pull through with whatever it is that is needed. He has an incredible drive to do the best that he possible can.. and his efforts do not go unnoticed.. at work .. or at home.
- His sense of humor. Justin has no shame.. he will gallop around the house.. break out in a dance/or song just about anywhere… and recognize the right times where a joke is needed to lighten the mood. He always knows what to say to get me to crack a smile
- And of course.. his love for me. I know that Justin loves me with every ounce of his heart.. and would do anything and everything to ensure my happiness. He shows me his love in both little ways.. and big ways. I can count on him for anything – and know he would be by my side in any time of need.