A lot can change in a decade. I suppose that’s stating the obvious, but bear with me. On August 1st, 2006, I was also living in Florida, temporarily at least. I was working what would be my last summer at Word of Life. I had come back to be a unit leader again over the high school staff, but I was a bit preoccupied with taking 9 hours of psych classes by distance at the same time. I was also dating a Starbucks co-worker of questionable morals from back in Tennessee. It wasn’t the best summer.
Moving forward a year, I’m not exactly sure what I did on August 1st, 2007. I do know that I was just under two weeks from my first day in Dallas. I had broken up with the previously mentioned girl about 4 months earlier and applied to go to seminary starting in the fall. On this particular Wednesday, I probably worked an opening shift at Starbucks, came home and worked out, and then spent some time reading on the back porch. Or packing. But probably reading.
Because I like foreshadowing, on Friday, August 1st, 2008, I drove from Dallas to Tampa in a day. This was the first such time I had attempted this kind of feat, and it was the beginning of a Sabbatical month. I left at 4am and got to Word of Life around 10pm. The girl I had just broken up with wished me safe travels (thanks for the reminder Facebook!). I spent the night in George Theis’ house in the RV park because I had connections (thanks Todd!). The next day, I met up and hung out with Ali, and when she hugged me, she knew she wanted to marry me. I figured it out about 2 months later.
So then, on Saturday August 1st, 2009, we got married.
Now, August 1st is one of those dates I pay attention to and remember. While 2006-2007, and every August 1st before that is hardly significant, every August 1st from 2008 onward, has been significant and today is no different. Ali and I get to celebrate 7 years of marriage and hopefully that’s just a dent in our time together. It only takes four years to get a masters degree in theology, but 7 years in and I’m still figuring things about Ali out.
I suppose that’s perfectly normal right? I wouldn’t trade our deep friendship and story for anyone else’s. Each year is better than the last and every week’s a new adventure. And speaking off that, I just saw her car coming up the road from my office window. So, I could keep writing, but we’ve got an adventure to go on. Love you babe!