I first ‘met’ Jason when I was 14 years old. Computers were just starting to get popular and I was trying to make a website about LeAnn Rimes (yes the country music singer). I was doing some research and this guy had posted on a message board asking for help with his LeAnn website while he was out of town. I contacted him and said I was willing to help and he sent all of his contact info to me and it really spooked me. I deleted his email and decided to forget about him…
2 years later I decided one night that I wanted to talk to a guy about LeAnn Rimes via instant message. That was back when you could search AOL profiles and so I found this guy via his profile and we started chatting. Keep in mind that I had completely forgotten about the above instance and did not put 2 and 2 together for a long time. Jason and I continued chatting online for 4 months before we finally met in person.
My mom had always told me that she would come on my first date. Of course I didn’t believe her. I was wrong. Jason drove the 150 miles to meet me and my mom accompanied us on our first date. We went out to eat and to the mall and then the bookstore. Jason and I walked into the grocery store next door and I had my very first kiss on the infant aisle next to the diapers and formula.
That Christmas, Jason asked my parents permission to marry me. So in my mother’s kitchen dancing to Breathe by Faith Hill, Jason asked me to marry him. I was 16 years old, but I just knew he was the one and I didn’t want to let him go.
We had always intended to have a wedding but things just weren’t working out for us. So a month after I graduated high school, we decided one day to go the courthouse and got married. After we said our I Do’s, the judge gave me a bag of cleaning supply samples and coupons. We then went to breakfast at Shoney’s. We never took a honeymoon. We were 2 young kids making six bucks an hour who couldn’t afford a honeymoon.
(Interesting tidbit: my wedding ring has 29 small diamonds in it. We were married on the 29th. I didn’t count the diamonds until long after we had said I Do.)
Sometime during that first year of marriage I read a story in Chicken Soup for the Romantic Soul called The Metal Box. It was about a couple who had saved for their honeymoon one dollar bill at a time. I decided that we could do that and save for the wedding and honeymoon we had never had.
So here we are 10 years and $3650 later. We did it! We saved $1 per every day of our marriage. And it has been a GOOD marriage. There was so much negativity when we got married because we were so young, but luckily we proved them wrong. I just happened to find my soul mate at 16 years old and I couldn’t be happier to be celebrating my 10th wedding anniversary with him.
So tomorrow, June 29th, 2011, we are going to stand with our pastor and renew our vows. We are then taking our family out to Cracker Barrel (as we don’t have a Shoney’s in our town) for breakfast. It’s funny because we always thought we’d spend the money on a dream wedding. Now that we are 10 years older, we just want a Disneymoon.
After breakfast tomorrow, Jason and I leave for the airport bound for Orlando. I’ve got some great friends who are going to keep you all up to date on the deals while I keep you in the Disney spirit by blogging live from our Disneymoon (yes hubby gave his consent, he loves sharing the Disney magic with all of you and frankly it helps pass the time while standing in line). The only thing I am going to tell you about this trip is that it is 3 nights and it is not going to be like any trip we have taken before. I’m just going to let you experience it all along with us. I’ll be posting live here on the blog, but I’ll also be posting additional info on Facebook so be sure to follow along!
And yes, we are Disney crazy. It is Our Laughing Place.