Hmm let's see...can I flash back for a moment? 7th grade perhaps?
Yep, I was 12 years old. We were both athletes for our middle school and members of FCA- Fellowship of Christian Athletes. And that little group decided to bus a bunch of us to Judgement House to enjoy Halloween in a wholesome way.
Little did either of us know that I would be literally strangling him as our first encounter. We were single-filed, walking through hell when some develish creature grabbed my ankle. I did what any pre-teen girl would instinctually do - I grabbed the hood on the jacket of the guy in front of me and yanked it so hard the poor chap fell backwards - all the while I was screaming in his ear at the top of my lungs.
Oh the face palm emojis I could give this! I should've known then what a sport this fella would be and how incredibly kind he was, because he had the decency to ask this strange petrified gal if she was okay. I remember it like yesterday; looking up, thinking, "gosh, he's cute!"
Fast forward five years- many basketball games, beta club trips, and working together as sport's editor for the high school yearbook, and as fate would have it...we ended up going to prom as friends. We were never ever the same since. That extraordinarly fun night sealed our fate and began scripting our storybook.
We weathered the ups and downs and wrote many chapters together, but our wanderlust souls always craved more from this life.
Living halfway across the country from familiarity and six years into this marriage thing, we welcomed our first son. Exactly one year later, we were given (what we deemed) the opportunity of a lifetime - to make a permanent move around the world...and simultaneously discovering baby brother would be making an appearance around the same time.
We put our complete faith in God and followed His plan through this bewildering door. Within one month, we sold our house, both cars, liquidated our belongings to scarcity, and flew 30+ hours into the clear blue yonder to settle into the Little Red Dot (aka Singapore) with a 16 month old toddler and three months away from the next bub making his Earth-side debut. We said YES. We made it work. We floundered and flourished many many times adventuring southeast Asia.
Two years and some change later, we relocated to Germany with our 2&3 year old sons, where we currently reside.
The twists, turns, unexpected turmoil, traveling wonders, and triumphs have me in awe. It's an incredible life, and all yours to script out!
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