9 years ago at the top of the Warren Dunes, Derek asked me to be his girlfriend.
I hesitated because I knew I was still struggling with a past relationship. But I also knew that I really wanted to be Derek's girlfriend. So I said yes.
I'm so glad I did.
For the first six months of our relationship I put that poor guy through the ringer. But he never once even considered breaking it off. He was in it for life starting on this day 9 years ago at the top of the Dunes.
About six months into our relationship I was working a gruelingly boring 8 hour shift in the dressing rooms at Marshalls.
I'll never forget that shift.
I was staring out at the store that was practically empty. I wasn't even really thinking about Derek. I was probably thinking about how insanely bored I was and wondering if it was worth the $6/hr or whatever it was.
But suddenly it hit me. I love him! I just knew it out of the blue. And was giddy about it. I watched him fight for me for the first six months. I watched him put up with me, adore me, treat me like a princess, have overwhelming patience for me.
I knew from that moment that I loved him and I haven't stopped since.
I'm so thankful God gave me a peace about saying yes 9 years ago, because I needed to see him fight for me. I have no doubt in my mind that he will always fight for me. He is so good to me.
It's important to mention that even though Derek has always been so amazing to me, if God hadn't gotten ahold of my ridiculousness six months after I said yes, I wouldn't have come to the place of recognizing it. God broke me just days before that shift at Marshalls and I'm so grateful for it!
Our whole relationship is completely owed to Him. It's such a beautiful thing when God writes your love story :)
Happy 9th Anniversary, my One and Only Forever Love.