When I think back to when I met Q it's hard for me to remember all the details. Our lives over the years have meshed so well together into one life. I honestly can't remember when we first met. Oh, I remember when I first had feelings for him... I just don't remember meeting Q. It's probably because we went to school together in this small town in Alabama. One of my best friends at the time went to Church with Q and so there is a chance I met him there. One thing I know for sure, the first time I wrote about Q in my journal was
April 17th, 1997.
It's just a sentence with his name in it about this friend of mine going to his car to eat because her brother and Q were best friends.
Q's not mentioned again in my Journal until July 9, 1997 we were at the same house swimming. I wrote: "I would like Quinton except _______ and him are kind of going out." He called me Lee's little sister and I joked with him about being Wades big brother.
On July 21, 1997 we went on the same church beach retreat. When I think back in my memory of when I had a crush on Q it was this trip. He mentioned one day about liking bell bottoms and I just so happened to have some on the trip. So of course I wore my bell bottom pants that night! Why in the world did I own a pair of bell bottoms in 1997?
|Church beach retreat. My friend Joseph, Q, Mandy and Me.|
Aug 9th, 1997 I wrote in my Journal about how a bunch of us girls got together and called a bunch of guys to ask them to the movies...not really as a date...just a bunch of friends.
I called Q and he said yes but I don't believe he had any idea that I liked him.
The next few months we became best friends. He would come pick me up and we would meet a group of friends over at the First Baptist Church to play basketball. He would talk to me about his girl problems.
Sometime early 1998 he asked me to go to prom with him as friends and I said yes but shortly after he started dating one of my friends. I thought it was only fair that they go to prom together.
Are you wondering where this is going?? Well...
March 8th, 1998... 14 years ago
Q asked me if I would go with him to help plan a date for him and his girlfriend to go ride horses in Mentone, AL. I know, I know, dumb idea. Keep in mind that I was 15 at this point and he was 17.
I had no idea if he liked me or not so I figured if I couldn't date him than at least I could be his best friend...so not fair to the other girl. I was immature, okay!
ANYWAYS, so we ended up driving out to Mentone, AL.
We went to see waterfalls, we found a Frisbee on a roof and Q held me up to get it so we could throw the frisbee around. We went hiking in the woods and stopped to sit on some rocks and talked about life.
We didn't hold hands or kiss or anything...we just got to know each other better.
He told me later that is when he knew he loved me. He ended up breaking up with his girlfriend.
Ohhh, horrible, I know! Geez, Audrey!
(For some reason I don't have anything recorded for the month of March 1998 in my journal. It would have been nice to have more details but I do remember it well.)
So he ended up asking me out...I'm not sure if it was this night or not but it seems like when we talked about when we started dating, we always said this date. I did end up going to prom with him.
And that, my friends, is just the beginning!
It would take WAY too long to explain the next 7 years that we dated...
We got married 2005, had Deci 2007, Journey 2010, and here we are in Oregon 2012! :)
The whole point of this post was to celebrate today. March 8th, 2012.
It's been 14 wonderful years. Almost 1/2 my life I've been with this man and he's made my life SO much better! Go check his blog out! :)