Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Story of Us


couple kissing

"Well, I'm not sure if I can even have kids at this point, since I'm in my forties," I said.

The thought bubble over my head was saying, "Why on earth are you telling this man these things on your first date?! Not exactly fun and flirty dinner conversation!"

Another part of my brain was saying, "Oh well, if you're gonna scare him away, make it sooner rather than later, for everyone's sake."

My future husband replied, "I want children, but I'd rather end up with the right woman than worry about what our life should look like. I'd be happy adopting."

I tried to do my best first-date-nonchalant-nod, while inside my heart did a flip of wonder at the man sitting across from me. I don't know how we brought the conversation around to more pedestrian things after talking children and finding 'the one' in the first twenty minutes of our first date, but we did. We also ended up drinking too much wine and lingering at our dinner table longer than the waiter probably preferred. 

Claire was born two and a half years later.

I could take this post in a few directions. I could talk about the struggle to date in your 40's, when a large chunk of the male population has written you off as ready for pasture. I could share the story of how hard and easy it was for us to have Claire. I could detail the advantages and disadvantages of being older parents. 

But it's the fourth anniversary of that first date, so I want to tell my husband a few things. 

George, my first impression of you was that you put relationships above goals. Knowing you as I do now, I've learned that there is no other way for you to be. You have shown me how easy it is to embrace the unknown, when you are loved. You have taught me that hope isn't getting what you think you want, but being open to what you receive. 

I may have carried Claire for nine months. But she was born out of this beautiful spirit, which came solely from you.

52 comments:

  1. what a beautiful story!

    happy thursday!

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  2. This is such a beautiful story ~ What a gift to your husband! So cool!

    Lanaya
    www.raising-reagan.com

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    1. I loved this post!

      Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection. Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

      Lanaya
      www.raising-reagan.com

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    2. My husband is a great man! I am lucky. Thanks, Lanaya.

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  3. Aww this is beautiful! Your husband sounds like a great man. And, what a blessing Claire is!

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    1. I am so glad you linked up this post!

      Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
      Make sure to check back on Friday to see if you were featured.
      Leslie
      www.violetimperfection.com

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  5. This story made my cry Rachel. What a romantic story and it gives me so much hope that the "right" guy is out there for me. Congratulations on the anniversary of that first date. I wish you both many more anniversaries and a life full of love and happiness. :)

    I hope you are having a lovely week my dear and thank you so much for linking up to last week's Aloha Friday Blog Hop.

    If you have time, we'd love to have you come back and link up to the Aloha Friday Blog Hop if you haven't already!

    Aloha,

    Jean {What Jean Likes}

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    1. Aw! Jean, we are living proof! I kissed so many frogs (more than I'd like my daughter to know about)!

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  6. Awww that was really sweet! Wow, i was blushing reading this.

    anywho, I found your blog via Follow Friday! I am your newest follwer and I hope you havea great weekend.

    -Rekita
    from a Lovely Army Wife

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  7. I am following you from the Follow Who? Blog Hop. Please follow me back http://savegreenbeinggreen.blogspot.com/

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  8. Such a sweet story! An encourager for those who may think it's too late! Thanks for sharing! Dropping by from the Friday Flash Blog link-up. Have a blessed day! :-)

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  9. Lovely story - and what a special way to begin, knowing your relationship would be first. It's beautiful that you're affirming your love's character.

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    1. My husband makes affirming his character easy for me to do!

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  10. Oh! Tearing up! Very, very sweet. I do really hope we all get to meet someday!

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  11. I'm blown away by this!!! Such beautiful words! You husband is lucky to have such a lovely, talented & amazing woman as his wife. Happy anniversary to you both! XOXO

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    1. Aw! Marcia, you are so sweet! Thank you. What a wonderful anniversary gift!

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  12. Such a beautiful story, and so sweetly written!
    Found/following you doing a little blog hopping.
    Would love for you to swing by and follow back.
    http://d-and-s-macke.blogspot.com

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  13. What a sweet post, beautifully written!

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  14. Awwww you write beautifully - what a sweet story!

    xxx,

    Danielle Faith
    DanielleFaith.ME

    PS: I am your newest follower from @Home Take 2's blog hop!

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  15. Beautifully written
    Stopping by from the weekend blog walk.
    Love it if you'd pop over and say hi.

    Kerry
    www.ohsoamelia.com

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  16. That is So sweet! Beautifully said. Just wanted to stop by and say hello from over at Pieces of AmY!
    Amy
    www.piecesofamy.blogspot.com

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  17. Beautiful, thanks for stopping by the GTKY blog hop

    http://thisdayilove.blogspot.co.uk

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  18. Such a sweet sweet story! Just stopping by from the weekend blog hop. Really enjoyed your post. Following you on "Networked blogs". If you have a moment to follow back you can find me at: http://lifeinthesimpleln.com
    Looking forward to reading more of your posts!
    Katie from the simple lane.

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  19. How beautiful! Thank you for sharing your story!

    So happy to have you link up at this week’s Harvest of Friends Weekend Blog Hop.

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  20. So lovely, truly! Happy first date-iversary! (We had my son at 41, so I can totally relate!)

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  21. I'm glad everything has worked out for you. Blessings.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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  22. Hola Rachel!
    Why do you like to make my heart cry! What an beautiful and inspiring story. Gives me a new perspective on re-opening my heart to love at my age. Thanks for sharing and linking up every week. I can't wait to read next week's!

    ~SimplyyMayra :)

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    1. Aw, Mayra! You are such a sweet soul. I can't imagine your heart being closed!

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  23. Happy 4 yr first date. This is such a beautiful story of how two souls connected immediately and then created another soul. LOVE!!

    Thanks for sharing at the Empowered Living hop.

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  24. Happy Anniversary - such a beautiful story! So glad you found that special someone.

    Thanks for linking up!

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

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  25. I am a new follower, stopping by from the blog hop! I have to say that your story brought tears to my eyes! I look forward to reading more posts from you! If you would like to follow me back you can visit my blog at www.southernbeautyguide.blogspot.com

    -Chelsee @ Southern Beauty Guide

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    1. We feel very blessed! I'm glad that it came through in the post for you.

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  26. So sweet. And so awesome how everything worked out so beautifully. Happy Anniversary! :)

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  27. This is beautiful :) Happy (belated) anniversary!

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  28. Hey, new follower from the followers to friends blog party. What a nice story, looking forward to reading more of your blog! :)

    xo,
    Kristin
    aboutagirl.ca

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  29. Hi, I'm here from Friendship Friday and followed your link....what a heart warming, loving, story you've shared. Beautiful.

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  30. This is adorable! So happy you found love :)

    Followed on bloglovin' through the Happiness is blog hop! Would love if you checked out my blog :)
    http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/7016757/when-i-wear-this-dress

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