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Life sometimes has a funny way of working things out. Back in the fall of 2004, I went on a blind date with a girl from Jacksonville, Al. The next day I went over to her house to watch football. Her friend Jessica brought pizza over for dinner. We all watched football and then I headed home. The next morning I was guest preaching at my church, and the two girls decided to come over and see me in my element. After the service we went out to eat at Mellow Mushroom and hung out at my apartment. The entire time I flirted and talked more with her friend Jessica. A few days later I called and asked for her friend Jessica’s number. We talked on the phone for a couple weeks. Then we went on our first date… South Carolina vs. Alabama football. Jessica was really excited to go to an Alabama football game…until we got to our seats in the Gamecock Club section. Carolina won that night and we both won each other’s hearts as well.
So we started dating. At the time gas was around a dollar a gallon and we were about 45 minute drive apart. We saw each other a few times a week when possible and talked every day. After a few months, I knew she was the one. So after Fifteen months after dating long distance we got engaged. And then got married a little over a year after that.
Since then we have had many ups and many downs. The life in youth ministry has caused both the ups and the downs. As well as her career as an ER nurse working nights has caused us both ups and downs. During the past two years it has seemed with our conflicting schedules and some days not even seeing each other for more than 5 minutes we have had more downs. But over the past few months we have started seeing a Christian marriage counselor to help us navigate through some things. It has been the best thing we could have ever done for our marriage. There were so many things that both of us were doing or not doing for each other, that we just needed a little guidance. One of the biggest things to help us has been reading the 5 Love Languages. Learning those for each other has helped both of us learn how to communicate better with one another. Communication is so big in any relationship and we have learned how to better communicate using each others languages.