Good morning. I hope and pray you have had a great week staying surrendered and following our Lord and Savior Jesus! It has been a good week and I hope you will bear with me and indulge me a little as this will be a longer post than usual. March 12th is a very special day for me and since this is my page, I get to write about it!
So back in 1992, I was attending UAB after not making it at Auburn (no I am not an Auburn fan and yes I was not supposed to be at Auburn – this is all another story for another time!). Anyway, I was taking a literature class at UAB, and the first day we all got into class and the class was full and closed. However, I noticed there was a small group of people begging the professor to let them take the class and then I focused in on one person in that group. She was a true American Beauty! So I watched as the professor allowed her into the class and told her to take a seat.
Well, the quarter started (yes we were on quarters and not semesters) and I noticed this beauty would always show up to class with the same guy. So I didn’t approach her for the first little while, but as I watched, they just did not go together. So one day, I walked out with her and struck up the conversation that would change my life. I asked her out and the date I picked was March 12th. She agreed!
I was living with my parents in Cahaba Heights, while she was living with her family in Chalkville. I setup to pick her up and bring her back to cook dinner and watch a movie. All the while, my family is still in the house and I am cooking dinner, We head to the Blockbuster to rent a movie (I do feel a lot older saying that), but I had late fees so I had my little sister tag along with us so I could use her card (I know what you are thinking, this guy is a real Casanova!). So I cook dinner, steak of course, and we watch the best movie of all time (at least to me). Point Break.
A great movie and a great night, and I got a second date out of the deal! So who is the Casanova now?! We actually went on a picnic the next date (a truly amazing picnic) and we went out every night the next week.
Fast forward 1 year, March 12th 1993. Blizzard (yes an actual blizzard) hits Birmingham. A truly memorable day in Birmingham for sure. Snowed in without power for days. Will never forget 3/12/1993. But it is not because of the now but because I proposed to that beauty that very night in my parents kitchen with my sister (the one an only one I have, whose Blockbuster card I used) and my mom looking around the corner! Not how I planned it but it had to be on March 12th and the ring was burning a hole in my pocket anyway! So Jenn Wilder and I were engaged! Utah and Pappas would be proud!
29 years we have been together and I love her more now than ever. I thank the Lord for how he guided everything back then and is still guiding us now, as our marriage is founded on the rock of Jesus Christ.
Jenn, I love you and I am so thankful for you! Thank you for loving me and being my soulmate! Happy 29 and Happy March 12th, our special day!