Happy Anniversary, Baby. I’ve Got You On My Miiiinnnndddd…..
I am so excited to tell you that today Luke and I are celebrating 18 years of marriage. How about a big ‘yay‘ for us but an enormous ‘YAY‘ for God! I’ve shared the story of our restored relationship before here. But today, I would like to tell you about the beginnings of Us. This is the story of how we met or, more eloquently titled, “The Parking Lot Romance”.
I sense you’re getting nervous. I promise this post is G-Rated.
Luke is almost four years my senior so as teenagers, I knew who he was but that was all. Except that he was hot. Yes, I knew that, too.
My best friend dated Luke’s best friend and they were determined that we should go out. I was secretly thrilled over the idea but back in the good ‘ole days, believe it or not, there was still some mystery in the dating process. A girl was actually considered more desirable if she posed a wee bit of challenge instead of walking around half-nekked and throwing herself on any unsuspecting boy who walked by. So, when my friends suggested fixing us up, I was all like, “Yeah, okay. Whatever.”
And then I went home, closed my bedroom door, and did the hopeful happy dance in a way only a young, smitten teenager can do.
There were no cellphones then. No texting. No MySpace. No IM’ing. So the fixing up wasn’t something that happened instantaneously. It was more a game of chance that relied on my friends running in to Luke at some bonfire on the mountain (story for another day) or catching him at home on the phone to find out if he would be at all interested in going out with me and then letting me know some time in the distant future.
Quite a few days passed and still no word. I figured either my friends hadn’t talked to Luke, or worse, that a short girl with big hair just wasn’t the thing for him. Though I would have been disappointed, I already had my mind set to the ‘whatever’ mode the fateful day I ran into him in my workplace parking lot.
Luke’s buddy and I worked at the same company though on different shifts. One sunny afternoon I was walking in to work and saw Luke sitting in his ragtop Jeep waiting to pick up his friend. I quickly turned my head and was planning to avoid the heck out of him. If he didn’t yet know I had agreed to go out with him, then I figured my ignoring him would be more intriguing than if I walked over and introduced myself. And, if he didn’t want to go out with me, I sure wasn’t going to embarrass myself by acknowledging him. Either way, the First Move was not coming from yours truly.
I walked quickly in front of Luke’s Jeep purposefully looking the other direction. I knew if I even stole a glance I would be powerless to keep from staring at his gorgeous, perfectly blow-dried mullet. (Luke was famous for his stunning hair.) As I was hurrying past I heard him utter the most effectively awesome pick-up line that has ever passed human lips. With a coolness only matched by James Dean, he said:
“Hey. Come here.”
Would you like to know what I did?
I went there. And I’ve been there ever since.
I think back to those silly kids flirting in the parking lot and am still blown completely away that God has not only preserved our marriage but prospered it. Had I known what was waiting for me those many years ago, I would have run like crazy past the Jeep that day. But I didn’t and here I sit one of the happiest, most content women on this planet.
I love you, Luke! Still love your hair. I love the man and husband and father you are. And I love our God who saw fit to orchestrate a divine meeting in a parking lot.
And If you weren’t convinced before, now you know God can sanctify anything.
That is so cute! And how much better it would be if more gals just relaxed and let the guy take the initiative.
Interesting it’s timed for 11:47 pm but you posted it before 5:00. I guess you’re gonna be busy later! ;-)
Happy Anniversary to you, Luke, and the Giver of all good things!!
YEAH FOR GOD! YEAH FOR MARRIAGE!!
I love the story of your restoration and I love the story of how you met! Ain’t God just the greatest!!!!
Happy Anniversary! What a great story! I love hearing about how God’s plans work in people’s lives. May your next 18 years be even better then the first 18.
Happy Anniversary! What a sweet and funny story! “perfectly blow dried mullet”… LOVE IT! Haha! May God continue to bless your marriage and your family!
(PS, if you have time, AFTER your anniversary ;)… stop by and check out the news on my page! Today was a big day for us too!)
What a wonderful story!!
I read your 17th Anniversary post and it is such a precious story of God’s mercy & grace.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!! Your family is so pretty!! yes, really, all of you. Don’t tell the boys I said that(maybe I should have said handsome) but you have a very beautiful family. I have your CD ready. Thanks for a fun-derful weekend. God Bless~
Celebrating with you! You did the hard thing, girl, and are an inspiration to us all.
Oh, the mullet made me laugh out loud!!! Happy Anniversay :)
I think many people assume that pastors and their wives must have always had perfect lives, so I love hearing…again and again…how God has taken broken lives, redeemed them, and then placed them into ministry. Love it! Happy Anniversary!
That was such a sweet story! Happy Anniversary! Hope the next 18 years are just as sweet!
Oh how I love a good love story, and that one was great.
Congratulations, and thanks for sharing.
Big congratulations to you and Luke. If I could, I’d hug both of your necks right through this computer screen.
And this line? “I went there. And I’ve been there ever since.”
Oh. That’s good.
Happy Happy, 18 years wonderful! Just to say I have missed you but I have settled after the move and am now online, well only in the evenings but that is okay. love always me
Happy Anniversary my friend!
Happy, Happy Anniversary!! May our Lord give you many more contented years together.
Happy Anniversary to you, Happy Anniversary to you, Happy Ann—i—-ver–sary—-to—-y—o—–u, Happy Anniversary to you! And many moooooooore!
Happy Anniversary to you and Luke!
I didn’t know how you all had met but I remember the mullet!
AND I was going through pictures last week and found some great pictures of you at about 17 and some from your wedding. =)
I contemplated putting them on the blog for all to see but then I figured I really wouldn’t want anyone seeing the pictures of me at 17 (big hair and all) so I’d not do that to you either. =)
Hope ya’ll have a great one.
Happy late anniversary! I’ve heard that story several times, but it is stilll sooo sweet. Isn’t it amazing how God works?!?!?!
Happy Anniversary! Love you guys soooooo much!!
Enjoy this special day! You’re already past the marital statistics of this world. Keep it goin’!
Happy anniversary! Your story made my heart skip a beat or two. Praise to the God Who still grows successful, fulfilling marriages!
No Pics? Come ON!
This is just precious, Lisa! I can’t wait till I have a ‘story’ of my own. :)
Happy (late) Anniversary! I hope it was wonderful!
Happy Anniversary you guys!!!
Ha! Love the mullet. In fact, there was a man at church on Sunday with what would’ve been the coolest mullet ever if it were still 1988.
What an amazing story of restoration (I had never read last year’s post).
Happy Anniversary (late).
Awww. Happy Anniversary! I love a good love story. :)
I just LOVE happy endings!!! God is so good! Congratulations…
Jusyt wanted to let you know that you & Luke have always been an inspiration to Roger & I . We miss you.
Slightly behind times on this one, but what a GREAT story! God is SO awesome.
My husband – almost 29 years for us – (and I’m SO YOUNG!)is still the love of my life.
Ahh, I can see it!! Where did Luke go to school??
Love the story! :)
Okay, I am so excited to have found your blog. I love it and I love you! I watched your intro video and instantly I feel we’re kindred sistas! I KNOW you’re from the South b/c you sound EXACTLY like me! tee hee!
Well, I have to tell you that I am COMPLETELY overwhelmed by your blog. HOW.DO.YOU.KEEP.IT.UP?!?!?!?!?! This is a lot of info, girl! HOW in the world do you keep up with it all?
I’m late for this book thingy, but I also love John Piper and am going to try to catch up with y’all on this.
Well, just wanted to say hi and introduce myself. You can meet my fam on my blog.
Hope to hear from you really soon!