Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Once Upon a Time...

Once upon a time there was a girl starting a new chapter in her life as a freshman at The Ohio State University.  She lived on an all-girl floor and had the nicest Resident Adviser.  The RA introduced the girl to some of her friends.  While the girl was in the room of one of those friends there was a knock at the door.   

A tall stranger was on the other side.  He didn't say much.

A friendship grew between the stranger and the girl.  They would talk and hang out, mostly with all of their mutual friends.

As the end of the school year approached, the girl realized that she kind of liked this stranger who had become a friend...this gentle giant.

They said their goodbyes with a promise that he would write over the summer (remember when people used to write letters?)

The girl waited for a letter...and just when she stopped waiting, it arrived.  It was simple, but precious.  She wrote back, trying not to be too obvious that she had a bit of a crush.

In addition to letters they would talk on the phone...casual conversation.  

Eventually plans were made for a visit...the gentle giant was going to a strange place to visit the girl.  

The day arrived...the gentle giant arrived on the Greyhound bus (oh yes he did!).  The visit was nice...simple and sweet...innocent.

The next school year arrives and the girl is still feeling butterflies for the gentle giant.  Others start to recognize that there's a tiny bit of chemistry and try and play match maker.

Finally, the time arrives...the girl reveals her crush to the gentle giant.  He says he likes her too.  A relationship begins...

14 1/2 years, 9 years of marriage, two kids and a house later here they are...still friends.  What a foundation...the foundation that holds them together. 

Happy Anniversary Friend!


Kelli @ RTSM said...

What a sweet post Kelli! Happy Anniversary! I hope you have a great day with your best friend:)

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

Awwww! This had me smiling the whole time! What a sweet story. Happy Anniversary, Kelli!

Christie in Dallas, TX said...

Happy, happy anniversary! What a wonderful story and what a wonderful life you all have!

Carrie said...

That is a great sweet! Happy Anniversary! Love those pictures! You guys haven't changed look great! Have a wonderful day! :-)

Stacey said...

I love this post! Happy Anniversary Kelli and Rondell!


Lori Burkitt said...

Happy anniversary to you both! Loved the story and so glad that you've been together over 14 years. Here's wishing you many more!

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

OK, I love this! Happy Anniversary. (I love this story and really love how he proposed as well!) Have a wonderful day!

The Starr Family said...

Evidence that God's sacrament holds true and enduring. Happy Anniversary to a beautiful couple... here's to LOVE!

Kim3278 said...

Girl..why you got to make me cry tears of joy--you know Im preggers! I am so happy God brought the two of you together and then the two of us. How beautiful it is to have such a wonderful foundation of friendship. I honestly believe too that is why Andrew and I have the perfect marriage that we do. Many many blessings my friends. We love you~!

Rach said...

Aw. Sniff sniff. You made me all verklempt. :o) What a wonderful story! Happy anniversary.

Brien and I were also friends before we started dating. You really get to know the other person well before you enter that "relationship" stage when it happens that way.

oh, and I adore the sheer joy and laughter on your face in your wedding photo. :o) You all have created a beautiful family together. I wish you so many more years of joy and happiness.


paige said...

so cute!!
& congratulations & happy anniversary

ps--thank YOU for your sweet encouraging words regarding emi's mission trip.
you are such a sweetie

Rachel said...

This is truly beautiful! Happy anniversary!

Hershey's Moma {amy} said...

What a precious story. Happy Anniversary to you and your husband.

Rachel said...

This is so sweet. And you win for getting me to tear up this morning.

Happy {belated} Anniversary.

Lovely, lovely, lovely.