Thursday, February 14, 2013

Boy Meets Girl

A simple wedding invitation really...


"Boy Meets Girl...Come Hear All The Details!"

That was us, oh, about 8 1/2 years ago...I can hardly believe we've been together this long! Sometimes I have to pinch myself to remember how it all came together...

About twelve years ago I was at a Christmas sing-song for our church at a local nursing home. I was toting a toddler and a little baby in a car seat. I remember like it was yesterday.

It was probably mid-evening when I noticed "him". "Him" was my future husband to be, who just happened to be caroling across the room from me. I recognized him immediately. I remember staring at each other . I approached him a bit later and we chatted. 

"Didn't you used to be friends with so& so?"

"Don't I know you from such & such an event in high school?"

So our conversation superficially continued for a few more moments... and that was it.

Fast forward a couple of years...

We were in Ottawa as a church. Small conference type event. My car just happened to break down. I needed a mechanic...hmmm, well there just 'happened' to be one available & yes, it was Jeff!

We ended up hanging out with another friend of ours for over an hour, talking and laughing. But that was all. The time ended and to be honest I don't think either of us thought much about the other one after that. 

Another while passed...I had moved to a townhouse survey. Many children were always roaming the complex, unsupervised and seemingly very bored. Boredom often led to trouble.

I decided to start a fun little 'kids' night once a week. It grew. I had so many kids that I couldn't handle them all by myself, alongside my own two children....I needed a helper. Male, preferably, to help keep the bigger and more difficult teens in line.

I asked around. Guess who happened to be available? You'll never guess :)

So Jeff, myself, and a few other young people started meeting every Tuesday for the kids night. I started to swoon a bit. But I was scared...I had been really hurt. I didn't ever want to go back to that place again...so I prayed. I waited. I talked to trusted people in my life.

After a few more months I was asked out for 'coffee'. I was so excited I could barely contain myself! I remember all too vividly leaving my younger brother baby-sitting while I headed out for the eve. My heart was pumping...The nervousness was growing.

There was actually no need for the fear. We had a wonderful time! We laughed, we chatted, we inspired each other sharing future dreams. I left thinking that perhaps, just maybe, God was here answering a prayer of mine.

I waited.

Another few months flew by and this time we were both conscious of the other's affection. We chatted on the phone throughout each week. We sat near each other at church on occasion. He finally made the 'big move' and asked me out!!! 

I felt like a princess in one of those Cinderella type movies. 

It was within the year that he proposed...and then a beautiful wedding.

Yes, I have been blessed. 

There are many seasons of life where I feel it's good to sit back and recollect about the times of old. Times to reflect about the good memories in life.


Sometimes between: paying the mortgage, running after little ones, running businesses, cleaning the house, volunteering at church, and whatever else may be on one's plate- it is so easy to forget how you came together. You know, your story? 

Today, being Valentine's Day, I wanted to remember. I wanted to share. I wanted to encourage my friends and family to remember the loved ones in YOUR life. There is always a story...

I dedicate today's story to "my Man" Jeff DeBruin. An amazing father. A man of integrity and hard work. An excellent connoisseur of quiche. A doting husband. A faithful friend.

I love you!!!





28 comments:

  1. Hi Racheal! Glad you checked out my blog. I have a couple of others you might like. One is my daughter-in-laws, http://www.homemakerdesign.ca/Her and my son have been married 9 years, 3 kids. The other is my daughter's http://thirsty-soul.blogspot.ca/She is married, one child and they just moved out of Ottawa. Nice to 'meet' you.

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  2. Thanks Anita! I'll looking forward to checking out the 2 blogs mentioned. Hope to stay in touch :)

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  3. Hi Rach. What a beautiful love story thanks for sharing it and for linking up with Marriage Moment. I'm glad that you were able to grow in love with your husband. It really is the best way to love. :)

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  4. Hi Rach! What a beautiful love story! God has richly blessed you with a loving husband and father to your children... How good our God is!
    I'm so glad you came by tonight!
    Blessings to you and your sweet family ~ Mary

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Mary! Really glad we 'connected' on here :)

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  5. What a great story, Rach! Love that there was just one mechanic available and it just happened to be Jeff. Very cool! You are such a beautiful couple. Thanks for linking up! Let's do it again next week :).

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  6. Thank you! Yes, looking forward to the next one :)

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  7. Hi, Rach! It's obvious that you and Jeff love each other deeply. Reminiscing about the first days of meeting and falling in love is a lot of fun!!! It does remind us how blessed we are to have such wonderful love in our lives and how good God is! May you enjoy many, many years to come together!!!
    In His Love, Ann @ Christ in the Clouds

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    1. Thank you so much for your encouragement!!! I'm glad you stopped by :)

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  8. What a great romantic story. It was meant to be. I think your husband looks a little like Kevin Bacon. I had to look twice when I first glanced at his picture. Thanks for the heartwarming post.

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    1. You're right! He DOES look like him ;)
      Anyway, glad you enjoyed my post and thanks so much for stopping by!!

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  9. Truly a beautiful story--isn't it funny how things work out--may you have umpteen more happy years together!!

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    1. Thank you so much!! Glad you could stop by :)

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  10. A lovely story :) thanks for sharing.
    -Reshama
    www.stackingbooks.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! On to see your site :)

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  11. Hi! I'm visiting from Friendship Friday :-) I hope you'll also join me for my Friday Flash Blog on The Jenny Evolution (www.thejennyevolution.com). Happy weekend!

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  12. I signed up for Lovin the #' Weekend Blog Hop and I followed on GFC. I think your love story is amazing. I am excited to get the chance to get to know more about you. I found you on Friendship Friday.


    http://agutandabutt.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and I'm glad you signed up! I'm on to check out your site now :)

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  13. I always enjoy a sweet love story, and yours is delicious!

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  14. Oh yes, Welcome to "Tell me a True Story." Please return each week.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! A great new link-up I'm planning to visit again and again :)

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  15. A wonderful and inspiring tale of love and happiness. Thanks so much for sharing :)

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

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  16. I was reading this thinking, "I've heard this story before!" and then I realized this was an older post. It's as good the second time as it was the first :).

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    1. Yes, you're absolutely right!! Just though someone out there may need to hear this one :)
      Thanks Fawn for stopping by!

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  17. Just read your sweet story!! You're right - it's good at times to sit back and remember our love story!

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