Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
Tyler's first bball game was November 4. My family was coming down for my birthday (November 6) Everyone was a bit nervous- I hadn't really filled my parents in on everything going on with Tyler, but when they showed up and I was wearing a shirt with "Dees" on the back- they caught up quickly.
The weekend was fun- we hung at the hotel with my family- Tyler got to know them and they got to know Tyler. Tyler left on Sunday night for a bball trip and we all went up to JBU. Tyler asked my dad to talk to him privately while my mom was taking pics of us all. I was DYING from curiosity about what they talked about. Afterward Tyler told me bye and left for bball. I didn't have a cell phone and we didn't have facebook so he couldn't let me know what they had talked about. And dad wouldn't tell me either. it was a LONG few days. My family went home that Monday- it had been a crazy weekend.
Tyler got back a few days later and still wouldn't fill me in. I finally caught on that they had talked about Tyler and I dating. When Tyler and I kissed for the first time November 9th, I figured we were finally official :)
And the rest is history...
GOD IS SO GOOD!
We continued spending time together. Not alone but still always with our friends and in a group. We decided to go with Eva to her home in Kansas for the weekend (October 22-24) It was fun to hang with them-
We went and watched BBall practice- (we actually snuck in and then got kicked out-haha)
After getting back from KS, Tyler and I definitely knew that there was something between us though it wasn't official. Our group got together in the next week and we watched many movies and spent lots of time together...
Here's our first posed picture...
Oct 25, 2005
fast forward about a month...
I had just returned to JBU from fall break. The week before I came home was rough. I was SO homesick. During that short fall break weekend. My parents and I talked and decided to try JBU till Thanksgiving (just 6 or 7 weeks away) and if it's still just as bad- I could come home. I remember praying by our fireplace in my parents living room that God would reveal why I was at JBU quickly- That next Monday- I met my good friend Eva. She met that close friend need that I was longing for. We went shopping a few days that week which just made school FUN. We spent most of our free time together and that Friday night we went to the Siloam Springs High School football game. ( I think it was the last week in September or first week in October)
It was the first time I had come to a football game- it happened to be homecoming. The home side was PACKED and we were trying to figure out where to sit- it was then that I saw a friend that I had met a few weeks back- Andy. He was with some other guys that I knew. We all decided to go sit on the guest side of the football field which wasn't so packed. After we had been there a bit. I heard Andy on the phone with a friend- his friend had said he was on his way from bball practice at JBU. A short time later, his "friend" came over and sat with us. It was then that I figured out that this was TYLER! During the game I laughed harder then I had in such a long time. Tyler was so funny and I could tell that all these guys were close. Eva and I had such a good time and I just loved getting to know Tyler more- I could tell he was going to be a good friend.
The next few weeks were fun as Eva became interested in Tyler's friend Adam and as they started a relationship, a relationship with Tyler happened easily. Though a bf/gf relationship didn't happen right away with Tyler, a strong friendship grew.
We were still in the just friendship phase when we were in the guys dorm just hanging out- Tyler had made up a game for the guys to play- baseball with one of those plastic candy canes. I remember thinking Tyler was so hot :)- I felt silly thinking this because we were JUST friends- it's a funny memory to recall thinking back now... here's a couple pics of that night...
Eva and I
Tyler, Me, Eva, Ben, and Ben
Then in the second week of October, Tyler and friends through a grill out night at his parents house in order for me to come (I didn't find this out till after the event had started). Eva, Adam, and I got to Tyler's and I was surprised that to see how many people were there! We had hung out many nights since that night in the dorm- but there was a vast amount of people I hadn't met yet. It was fun and everyone was nice and welcoming. After a couple of hours- we were gonna watch a movie. Eva and Adam told me then that Tyler was interested in me. I was blown away because I was a bit naive (but happy). haha :)
Our friendship grew as did our attraction...
I had just left home in NE for Arkansas. I was starting school at John Brown University. I was nervous- not only for school and all the new things that came with it- but also for being away from home. I had NEVER been away from home-- I was a home body that was crazy to go to a school 9 hours away. But I was also so excited. I knew that God had provided and made the way for me to go to JBU so I knew that I needed to trust Him.
Tyler and I met for the first time during the first week of school (last week of August). My friend Lauren and I went to her friend Ben's house. They had met in one of her classes and he invited her over to watch a movie with some of his other friends. She had asked me to go with her, and since it was a Friday night and I wasn't up to anything- I quickly agreed. We got to Ben's after they had already started the movie. We snuck in and I was surprised to see a packed room of people. Lauren went and sat by Ben on one couch- I looked around the room and there was one spot left on the other couch next to a guy I couldn't really see because of the room being dark. I quickly learned that his name was Tyler and I also picked up that he was HILARIOUS. He filled me in on what was going on in the movie- the conversation was light but fun. He made me laugh and as we talked during the movie we were shhhh-ed numerous times by the rest of the people trying to watch the movie.
Lauren and I left before the movie was over and though I never saw him in the light, I knew he was pretty special...
The movie we watched