Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Q and A, part 2

Since I'm home with my children today and the weather canceled my lunch plans with Joanne, Holly, and Kate, I found some time to answer another queston.

This one is from Kelly...

Let's hear about how you and John met and your wedding and a little bit about having your children?

I love telling this story because it really is like a fairy tale. I was a freshman and John was a senior at Ouachita Baptist University. Sometime during my first week of classes, John saw me on campus one day, thought I was adorable and had to find out who I was. He got his hands on a copy of the freshman photo directory, looked me up, and called and asked me out. He called me on the hall phone in my dorm and all the girls on my floor were going crazy telling me “he’s soooooo cute” but I didn’t have a clue as to who he was and I told him that I couldn’t go out with him because I didn’t even know him. He asked me to meet him for Noonday (student led worship service) the next day and then have lunch with him in the cafeteria. I agreed, but then asked, “How will I know how to find you since I don’t know who you are?” He said (warning, this is cheesy), “I’ll be the one smiling.” So…we met the next day, and the rest is history. We dated my entire freshman year, and he proposed that summer.

We were engaged until the next summer and were married in my hometown. Our wedding was very traditional and very southern. After a honeymoon trip to Boston (never have been and never will be a beach girl) we moved to Fort Worth for John to attend seminary. He completed his MDiv degree and I finished my undergraduate work during the five years we lived in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. We moved back to Arkansas in 1995 and John pastored churches in south Arkansas until we moved here in 2003.

As for children...after we had school/seminary behind us, we tried for what seemed like forever to have a baby, but things just weren't happening. I remember sitting in my doctors office near tears when he told me that he wanted me to try a few more things before we started fertility testing. That was February 12, 1996. I have this really uncanny ability to remember dates, and it probably helps that I'm anal and write *everything*, and I do mean everything on my calendar. Thankfully, we didn't have to endure fertility tests, and exactly one year later, on February 12, 1997, we were bringing our 2-day-old son home from the hospital. Isn't God good? The day Will turned 9 months old, we found out we were expecting another baby, our sweet little Sarah!

Having two babies 17 months apart was hard work, and I decided two children was enough. I gave away all my baby stuff and was very content with that decision until my "baby girl" approached the age of three. God really began to change my heart about having another baby and John and I talked and decided to go for it. Somewhere in all of that I got cold feet and decided I really liked my sleep too much to give it up. Little did I know I was already pregnant! I am so thankful everyday that we had Abbey. She is the icing on the cake and makes life feel complete for all of us! I'm pretty sure our quiver is full now!


Gretchen said...

Sweet, sweet post! I love hearing about how people meet and fall in love. And your's clear that you cherish each one and so enjoy your time with them (even when lunch plans are ruined :))

Kelly said...

Oh thank you for sharing!!! I loved the story of how you met because I can Picture it all!!! (Noonday and Walt's!) And I can only imagine how "cool" it had to have been to have a cute senior ask you out when you were a freshman! So sweet!
And thanks for sharing about your kids -that is so neat. I'm sure you can't imagine life without any of them!

Kelly said...

P.S. Once again - SOOOOOO jealous of your snow day! Although we are "supposed" to get snow here tonight. But you know in AR they cancel school if there are 3 snowflakes on the ground. ha! (Not that it affects me)

*carrie* said...


Loved reading some of your story!

Holly said...

I love your story! Esp. the "adorable" part. I think he is right, you really are :)

I promise to call this afternoon...we are working a puzzle now.

I do NOT love that we didn't get to meet today :( Boo!

But I look forward to another day soon!

Amy said...

I love hearing these stories! Not only of the romance but of the children! We too had a difficult time having children but then God blessed us with a boy and girl 19 months apart! I am so thankful and know you are as well! Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

It was so fun to read all the Q & A's and get to know a little it more about you!

We lived in Fort Worth for 8 years! From 1997-2005 It was funny to hear that you were in DFW too! We probably just missed each other!

Hope you enjoyed the snow day!


Jennifer said...

So sweet! Loved reading your story. :o) Blessings from God for sure!

Stephanie Kay said...

I love that your first date was to WALT's! Ha!Ha!Ha! I wonder how many other people can say that? = ) The good times I had there, not the food, but the company was good. = )

My kids are #1 to #2 almost 21 months apart. #2 to #3 18 months apart. 3 years, 3 months from #1 to #3. Makes for exciting (and exhausting) times.

O! I have another question for you. Were either of you in a social club? I'm going to guess Tri Chi and Kappa?

Julie said...

I loved reading about how the two of you met. That's so sweet!

Your ordeal with trying to have children sounds like mine. I tried for a year to get pregnant with Hannah.
Obviously after that I didn't have any problems! : )

I love reconnecting with you and seeing your life. I have missed you.

Thanks for your comment on my blog about Hannah. Tomorrow's the day. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers.

Much love!

Barb said...

What a great story, Mer. Honestly, it sounds like a fairy tale courtship and marriage. And yes, ALL the children are just the icing on this wonderful cake.

Boy, you started something. I've already got 30 questions to answer and let me tell you, some of them are going to be tough to answer. But this really was a great idea and I'm glad I decided to jump in. Already, people all over the place are doing this.

It's a great way to get to know each other better and it's a REALLY great way, for me anyway, to clear some things up. :-)

Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt said...

"Little did I know I was already pregnant"

Oh how those words have gone through my mind!

Wonderful story! God IS truly so good.

Marc and Charity said...

Hi Meredith, I got here through a comment you left on Sarah's In The Midst of It. I was just browseing and noticed your story about meeting your hubs at Ouchita! Well, what a small world. We are both from OBU, 1997 and 1999. Our first date was in Walts'. :)

We now serve overseas with the IMB.

Just wanted to say HI! I'll be back I'm sure!

Jenn said...

Just like everyone else, I loved reading the story of John and you and about the kids. Thanks for sharing.

Kecia said...

I loved this story! Made me smile. And I too, had problems conceiving. It took 2 years and yes we had to go through the fertility tests. Then I expected it to take that long for #2 and bam, there was Mikayla the first month we tried! Thank You Lord for my 3 precious girls!