the story of us

January 15th, 2012

Today is our 6th wedding anniversary. I honestly can’t believe how the time has flown! I feel like every year has been even more wonderful than the last, and I’ve loved every minute we’ve spent together.

Every year that I’ve posted about our anniversary people have asked about our story. I haven’t done a post about it in the past because I never know if anyone finds that kind of thing interesting, and this blog is after all about designing clothing not about our life… but since I’m feeling extra sappy today, i’ll share it, just this once :) So if you’re interested read on – and if not, no worries.

I think one of the reasons I don’t tell the story of Chris and I very often is that it is so perfectly intertwined with our faith that I’m always sure I will offend someone. People seem to get upset pretty much any time you start talking about God, and to be honest, for me it’s hard (if not impossible) to separate our story from how God has worked in our lives, and from my own very personal story, which I feel started a long long time before we even came close to meeting.

Anyone who knows me very well knows that I am a very passionate Christian. I have been for a long time, and was blessed to grow up with parents who were very strong in their faith, and taught me everything about life that was ever important. For me the story begins at age 12. I’m not one of those girls who spent my entire life dreaming of getting married, and planning out my perfect wedding day. I find that… a little odd (though I’m sure people find me odd too hehehe). But, I did notice around that age that my friends were beginning to date. They were also beginning to have their hearts broken – and to be honest, that’s something I really wanted no part of. I wanted something else. So I prayed that God would keep me until I met the man that I would marry. That he would be my first everything – and the very act of being asked out would be the sign he was the one. I told my parents, and they bought me a ring which I wore every day (until my wedding day) to remind me of the promise I’d made to God to wait. I’m sure if I’d told anyone other than my parents they would have thought I was nuts. But I believed 100% that God would do this. I had faith. Now I’m not saying I never in all my teenage years had a crush, because that would be silly. But I felt like my heart was protected, and spent those years walking in a definite confidence not worrying about whether I should date anyone, or what people thought of me – i knew it wasn’t my time yet – and i always look back on those years as such a beautiful, innocent, happy time.

Fast forward to college. And something interesting happened. My parents were good friends with a couple who one day very nervously told them at lunch that their son had given his life to God. He had changed very drastically, and they didn’t know what to do with him, since they themselves were not Christians. Knowing my family were Christian and not crazy, and that I went to the same college as their son, they asked if we could meet so that he could know some other young Christians. My mom mentioned this in passing to me, and as things often happen, we all forgot. Until almost a year later when I was picking up a Maths assignment in class, and saw Chris’ name on a paper. It made me laugh when I realised he was in my class – so I told my mom – who suddenly feeling very guilty about never organising for us to meet, called him and told him I was in his class.

The next day we met – and I immediately regretted not trying to meet him before. My heart stopped when he walked up to me. My parents still tease me about how much I gushed about him when I came home that day (something I had never done before) – and Chris tells me this was the day he fell in love with me. We didn’t see each other again until the final exam, a few days after my Grandmother had passed away, when he apparently tried to ask me out or something, and I didn’t notice? I suppose it’s fair to say I had a lot on my mind that day (but seriously, who asks people out at exams? hehee)

Third time is in fact the charm. We didn’t see each other again till the next semester… which was just enough time for us to both obsess about whether we’d ever meet again. We were in a Christian Union meeting (which sounds a little odd, but was actually just like a church service during the week… in a lecture theatre hehe). I was so excited to see him I called out to him (yes¬†embarrassing… i know) … and he tried to play it cool (which he was rather bad at hehe)…he suggested we grab a coffee. I’ll never forget that day. We sat under a weeping willow on the edge of the cricket field thats in the middle of UWA, and talked for hours. He asked me out – and that’s it, that’s when I knew. I heard a voice in my head tell me he was the one – I would have married him right then I was so sure.

So there it is. The little story of how we met. Chris was my first and only boyfriend. My first love, my first kiss, my everything. Everything i never knew i wanted, but everything i needed. He asked me to marry him 9 months later in the middle of Kings Park, after possibly the most hilariously bad date of all time – and we were married 6 months later, the very second we could afford to support ourselves.

And that, after all, was not the end of the story. It was the end of my story.¬†It was in fact, the very beginning of our story…

41 Responses

  1. Gabriella says:

    Thank you for sharing your story. It warmed my heart and makes me believe even more in true love.

  2. mervesena says:

    wonderful story, I liked ur story so much , happy life with him and your sweety kids :)

  3. Sharlene says:

    i love your story :) the perfect example of god’s amazing timing. and i love reading the words ‘uwa’ and ‘king’s park’ in there! a little bit of home :)

  4. Thanks for sharing your story, Megan. It warms my heart as well! My husband and I never cease to be thankful for the great plan that brought us together. It is indeed a gift isn’t it?

  5. cute story, megan! i’m not a christian but i enjoyed reading your story anyway, thank you for sharing. i love your wedding dress! it’s funny that you had a summer wedding in australia, but now your anniversary is in BRRRRRRR north american winter! happy day to you both :)

  6. Lizz says:

    Happy Anniversary!

  7. Meg says:

    What a sweet story! Though I’m not a Christian, it reminds me a lot of my teenaged days- I didn’t date either. I thought, what was the point, unless it ended in marriage?
    I can’t imagine anyone being offended by such a wonderful chain of events, Christian or not. I’m glad you chose to share your story with us.

  8. Trudy Callan says:

    Thank you sooo much for sharing your story. It is precious. I think this story needs to be told and shared with young girls as an example to them to protect their hearts and give it to God until it is the right time and the right one. I hope you keep on sharing you story, maybe in a little book or something as a ministry tool. I am printing this for my children to read as a way to help guide them. I think it is nice to get to know the people’s blog that we follow. I like knowing that you are a passionate Christian, especially since I am too.

  9. Amy says:

    What a great story! Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. Marilyn says:

    Thank you for sharing your story. I love a little romance and your story is so sweet. I’m not Christian but I believe in God and I know He planned for me and my husband to be together. He’s more perfect for me than any guy I would have dreamed up. Isn’t that how you feel too?!

  11. Rachel W. says:

    What a beautiful story, Megan. The romances that involve God’s obvious hand in our lives are always the sweetest. Congratulations on your anniversary!

  12. Emily Keen says:

    Oh wow!!! I loved your story. I’m so glad that I’m not the only one I know who has a similar story!! I grew up with that same sort of faith in fate and my husband Zach was my first crush, first kiss, first boyfriend and then we got married. Although we were really young so we ended up being engaged for 2 years until we could live on our own.

    None of my friends understand how I could’ve married someone who was my first ever boyfriend.

  13. I love hearing how people meet, especially when paths cross despite life getting in the way. You two are totally meant to be! And why am I not surprised you have a totally gorgeous wedding dress. That big pink bow is the most impeccable touch!

  14. Lovely! Very similar to my story (and my husband’s!). Such a blessing of God to not have the broken heart!

  15. Jessica M says:

    Such a sweet story, thanks for sharing. My story is similar, with my husband being my first and only boyfriend too. And it’ll be 6 years later this year for us too. Happy Anniversary!

  16. Ness Pas says:

    That’s such a great story! I love that you are so strong in your faith. Thank you so much for sharing. Happy anniversary!

  17. Leah says:

    I love your story… Nearly brings tears to my eyes. God is so faithful. Xoxo

  18. Darlene says:

    Happy anniversary Megan & Chris!
    It always nice to here another Christian love story. :) My husband and I celebrated 6 years of marriage this past fall and 18 years of being best friends. The long story short of us is that we met when I was 12 and he was 15 in the children’s church choir. His first sentence to me was asking me out (yep he was the 1st to do that) I was too young and stubborn to accept. We became best friends but there was always underlying love (he said he’d wait forever)I dated 1 other guy through HS, but if we fast forward to college I finally came to my senses. I wasn’t ready to be loved until then, I only knew how to give it before.

    My husband and growing family are the greatest treasures God could have ever given me. My husband’s calling is to church and classroom music, and my calling is to God and family. I go where HE calls us, which has been very difficult at times.

    May God continue to bless you and your family forever.

  19. Paunnet says:

    Happy Anniversary, Megan! <3

  20. kelly says:

    That is a precious story and I love it and am so glad you shared. Look at Tim Tebow – do you think he’s crazy for sharing his beliefs? I think other Christians feel heartened when others share God’s blessings in their lives. Happy Anniversary – and many, many more!

  21. Casey says:

    Such a sweet story! :) I came from a similar conservative background and commitment to holding off from the dating scene and all that it involved as a teenager. Although I wandered (more like ran… lol.) away from that commitment as a young adult, God worked in my life and used my relationship with my husband to bring us both back to the church. It’s always neat to hear how others have had their faith play such a big role in things like meeting their spouse! :)

    Happy anniversary!

  22. Becki says:

    What a beautiful story! I also am a Christian, and knew from a young age that I wanted to be pure for my husband. He had the same convictions. We had to wait a long time: we met when I was 33 and he was 39. I can’t say I never dated anyone else, but he was my first kiss and everything beyond. We just passed our first anniversary and are expecting our first child. We are so happy together!

    Thank you for telling your story!

  23. angelina says:

    That is beautiful:) I love hearing real love stories:) God bless:)

  24. Kiri says:

    What a gorgeous story, it just shows that some people are fated to be together

  25. Elle Croft says:

    Ohhh, what a fabulous story! Thanks for sharing it; I know how hard it can be to talk about your faith without offending people or seeming strange, but you’ve done a perfect job of it here.
    And happy anniversary – here’s to many more!!
    PS – LOVE your dress x

  26. Christen says:

    What a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing.

  27. Lauren says:

    That’s a lovely story. I’m not in the slightest bit religious, but I am still always super excited to hear how people met or fell in love. It sounds like the two of you are truly meant to be, you have a beautiful story! Yay for you guys!

  28. Gina says:

    I love hearing stories like this! God is great, isn’t he? I’m so glad that you shared this! :D What a great story for a great couple. Many more anniversaries are in store!

  29. Kelly says:

    What a beautiful story!

  30. Wow, I am in love with the back of your dress. So unique and beautiful!

  31. Justine says:

    Oh meg! I am so happy for you. You are definitely a smart woman. I just got out of a 3 year relationship where my heart was broken and my friends tell me I should get back out there, but like you (in a way), I want to wait for that oh-so-perfect man out there <3
    You should definitely do more stories! I love these kind of stories (:

  32. Lauren says:

    I know I’m a few days late in reading this, but just wanted to say thank you for sharing your beautiful love story! It is always encouraging to read about ways that God has worked in other believers’ lives – it helps keep faith kindled and going :). I hope you all had a wonderful anniversary!

  33. Quichea says:

    so glad that you shared your story with us!!

  34. lucia says:

    What a lovely story! My boyfriend has a story similar to yours. He guarded his heart for 20 years until we met. I came to the Lord in part thanks to him, 2 years ago. Not long after I came to Christ, we started dating. I was his first kiss, now thanks to his being so strong in the Lord and his passing everything on to me, we’re saving ourselves for marriage and falling more in love every day. We’ve been together for 2 years, and hopefully in 2 more years we can get married -Can’t wait!-

    Blessings from Uruguay,
    Lu

  35. faith says:

    I love this story! Thank you for sharing!

  36. Gina says:

    This was such a wonderful and encouraging story…as a single Christian girl, it’s great to hear about how God has worked in others’ relationships. And the fact that it’s from a blogger I like just makes it so much better!

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  39. Heidi says:

    Oh Megan, thank you so much for sharing your story! My fiance and I have been together for about 3 years, and we’re getting married this June… and we have saved our everything for each other, too. Our first kiss will be on our wedding day! God’s way is the very, very best and blessed way! <3

  40. Sally says:

    I’m not really religious, but I really relate to your story. I grew up in a religious school, but I don’t think that was what made me wait. I never understood the whole dating scene at school and I didn’t know why, but I felt like I wanted to save myself. It’s hard when other people don’t see your point of view or can’t relate to why you would wait. Well, I waited for my perfect man, and I waited a fairly long time! (23yo!) I’m so glad I did :) I’ve never met anyone so wonderful, caring or understanding and knowing that he’s my first and only is really special for me.

    Thanks for sharing your story! It’s reassuring to know that not everybody starts dating at 12yo and has tried everything they can think of by 18. I spent a lot of time thinking there was something wrong with me for not wanting to date!

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