A friend and fellow blogger, Joanne Rivest requested in a post she wrote a couple days ago, that us ladies share how God wrote our love stories. I’m kind of a sucker for romance and love…so I just couldn’t resist joining in the fun. So, here goes!
Our love story began on July 24, 2002….
We met at a water park in lower sackville called “Atlantic Playland”. We were there with the youth group for a summer activity…and we somehow ended up chatting most of the afternoon/evening away. I thought he was an interesting person, someone that I might like to get to know a bit better.
I had written a christmas musical for the youth group that summer to be performed at christmas time- and needed Nathan’s help and support as he was the lay youth pastor beginning that September. He was very willing to help me with my endeavor. We realized through those months leading up to christmas that we shared a lot interests, three of which stuck out over the rest:
1) We both love God with all our hearts and desired to serve him with our lives.
2) We both LOVE and are passionate about music and the arts! There were many nights that we would find ourselves at the piano in my home church…Nathan playing wonderfully as he does and me singing along.
3) We were falling in love with each other.
We spent HOURS on the phone talking that fall. When I say hours… I do not exaggerate! I would wait ever so patiently for his call as soon as I returned home from my classes at Saint Mary’s University….and we would chat until 2, 3 sometimes 4 in the morning!! What did we talk about?!…I really don’t know how we came up with so many things to fill the hours we spent in conversation, but if you can believe it, there wasn’t a whole lot of dead air during our phone calls. We chatted about everything!
In those months we became the very best of friends.
In February of 2003- February 23 to be exact, Nathan was baptized in waters. Unfortunately due to a HUGE snowstorm that night my family was unable to make it in to church that night 😦 I have never felt more horrible about missing something in my whole life- the guy I was falling so in LOVE with was making this HUGE step in his walk with God and here I was missing it. I honestly didn’t think that anything would ever be able to cheer me up that night. Until he called….
Nathan called me as soon as he got home that night! He told me all about his wonderful night and how blessed he felt after making this step of faith. After we chatted for a while he asked me to be his girlfriend….I know, I know…sounds old fashioned, right?! But- I wouldn’t have it any other way. I believe it’s important for that declaration that “we’re a couple” not be something that was assumed over time. The day you become a couple needs to be marked by decision by both of the individuals involved. And our relationship was: He asked me to be his girlfriend. And I said YES! YES! YES! 🙂
February 23…. I still remember the butterflies I felt from my head to my toes when I went to bed that night. Nathan Hill aske ME to be HIS girlfriend!!! I remember telling Nathan over the phone that night that I needed to go to the washroom, putting the phone down and TEARING upstairs to announce to my parents that “HE ASKED ME! HE ASKED ME! HE ASKED ME!!!” At that point, it was a question we were all anticipating!
The first weekend in March we went to “Paradise, NS” with our young adult group The Pier. It was actually a really great weekend for us as a new couple. We had a session or two as just young adult ladies, and they had a couple sessions as just young adult men. We learned some important things about relationships….and we also saw some solid dating/married relationships exemplified that weekend which we still totally respect today! (To name a few: Mark & Pauline Peters; Dave & Marika Holmes; Phil & Doretta Zinck; and Pastor Jon & Jan Zinck!)
At the end of the weekend, back in Halifax just before we said goodbye and before my parents picked me up to bring me back home…. we shared our first kiss. It was the first time in my whole life that I knew what ‘weak in the knees‘ felt like. That kiss was sweet and soft and left me anticipating our next date!
In the months that followed we courted, and enjoyed each others company as much as we could. He lived in the city and was in his 4th year at Dalhousie University while I lived outside the city and was a freshman at Saint Mary’s Uninversity. We would walk incredible amounts to see each other during the weekdays…I would
skip miss the occasional class in order to meet him in between his labs and classes and he would do the same as time would allow. At the time, Nathan did not have a car so we made the most of our time together by seeing each other in between classes. Of course, we would see each other every Sunday at church as well and my parents would have him out to our house for dinner afterward.
Each moment we spent together solidified the love we were discovering we had for one another….
I was careful not to become too crazy in love. Nathan also did a good job of guarding his feelings and keeping them at an appropriate level. I was still very young… only 18….and the majority of the relationships I witnessed were high school relationships- careless and obsessive. Nathan was extremely special to me and I wanted to make sure that I kept my relationship with him mature.
The truth was I was falling more and more in love with him each time we spoke whether that was in person or over the phone. And, the more I got to know him- the more peace God gave me that Nathan was The One. So, it was a real challenge for me to keep my feelings at a mature level…because my heart felt like it was ready to burst and explode with love for him!!!
I would love to continue sharing our love story, however I promised a little boy that we would go outside to play in the backyard because it is such a beautiful sun-shiny day today! So, stay tuned for Part II.
I hope you all have a great day!!