A less obnoxious title for this post would be "6 Years". Today marks 6 years since Parker and I started dating. In some ways that seems like so long, and in others it seems like we've been together much longer than that. We don't really celebrate the dating anniversary since we are married, but May 1st will forever be ingrained in my head as the day we took the plunge and became Facebook official. It's not official until it's on Facebook, right? Yes, I am embarrassed that I just wrote that.
We started dating just a few short days before school let out for the summer in 2008. We lived four hours apart, so we spent most of the first 3 months long distance. Looking back on those first couple of months, I am not that sure why we stayed together. I liked him and he liked me, but we didn't know much about each other at all. My favorite things about Parker- his servant's heart, his compassion, and his honesty- are all things I learned much later in our relationship. All I know is God brought us together, and I am so glad that He did.
I guess the significance of acknowledging this dating relationship milestone is to recognize that dating is something that doesn't go away when you get married. We are constantly learning new things about each other, learning patience for the things that bug us, and navigating the bumps and bruises of life together. If we would have stopped dating when we got married, our relationship would be so much less fulfilling and so much less rewarding than it is today. The more we explore and learn new things about each other, the more fun it is.
Just the other day, we were riding in the car and he punched me in the arm. Before I could whip around and ask what the heck that was for, he said "slug bug no take backs!!". In almost six years of dating, that was a first. The rest of our car trip consisted of hitting the other one every time we saw another Beetle and making up other excuses to hit each other like the "PT Cruiser Bruiser". We might have problems. Anyway, it's the fun, new experiences that we look forward to. That might be just about the worst example I could have come up with, but you get the point. Never stop dating.
So Parker, here's to six years of laughing, loving, bickering, snuggling, purposely annoying, and learning more and more each day. And I thought I loved you then!
circa 2008 (the summer we began dating) and 2014