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The Story of US: a beginning

I don’t really know where to start the story of US.
Do I start on the first day our eyes locked,
and a part of me just knew?
Do I start a year before we met,
and the events that prepared me to have faith in us?
Do I start on the day you became the first guy to really really break my heart?
Or do I simply begin with my journal entry, written a few days after we met:

June 17, 2004
Tomorrow I am going to kick the soccer ball around with Ben {the adorable basketball coach from work}.  I don’t know why I’m giddy and looking forward to something so small and simple.  I mean, we’ve hardly spoken, but I swear, when he looks at me I nearly forget my name. Wow, I don’t if I’ve ever felt quite this way before. And the way he makes me feel, is what I love about life.  I don’t want to have to try so hard and fight for happiness and a connection.  If it’s real and true, then the connection will happen on its own–naturally.  Sure, there will be bumps along the way, but during the rough times, support and unconditional love will replace frustration and blame.  I believe such true, real love exists–and I believe it may have just found me.

to be continued…

Ashley Stock
I'm Ashley. Sometimes I craft, occasionally I cook, everyday I write, and I'm always Momma. This is my blog. I keep it real while still seeing the rainbows and butterflies in all of life's lessons.
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  1. I love these memories with my husband 🙂

  2. Anonymous says:

    Wow. What a powerful entry, and it was true!!

  3. gushing! so so cute

  4. AlexandraRose says:

    I love your journal entry! You totally knew he was the one 🙂 I crack up when I go back and read my journal from when I first met my hubby.

  5. I'm pretty sure I wanted to keep reading and was bummed when I read "to be continued"…can't wait for more! 🙂


  6. what a cute post! Thanks for making me smile 🙂

  7. Justine says:

    this is the most sweetest thing EVER! You make me want to continue a journal again 🙂

    Just Better Together

  8. Samantha says:

    wow! what a cliffhanger!

  9. JennyBeth says:

    More! More!

  10. Yes, I agree! More More More! How about a picture of the front of your dress 🙂

  11. Maria-Isabel @ Agape Love Designs says:

    aww!! 🙂 More please… LOL

  12. PeaceLoveApplesauce says:


  13. The Crimella's says:

    I love this post!!! I can't wait for more! The picture is awesome BTW!!! But I agree…a pic of your dress is needed!

  14. Maeve Rachel says:

    So beautiful! =)

  15. Jenny @ says:


    my heart flutters for you two!!

  16. I'm hooked! Can't wait to read more!! 🙂

  17. A Randomlicious Blog for the Soul says:


  18. I'm Laura! says:

    I have been following your blog for a while now but have yet to comment, but I found this post so sweet. And the picture, amazing. Hope to keep following, your blog is super cute, down to earth and a great read each day.


  19. I LOVE it!

  20. Sundresses and Smiles says:

    Wow, so neat to catch a glimpse into your thoughts from so long ago!

  21. Amazing to be able to look back on that and feel those butterflies again! I wish I had kept a journal around when I had met my fiance. That's a big part of why I started blogging + keeping a private journal.

  22. Lindsay says:

    Can I come over and just look thru your wedding album? I bet your the most gorgeous bride! 🙂

  23. Mission: Life, Objective: Live. says:

    This just made my night. 🙂 The end.

  24. Okay seriously, we need to be BFF because I JUST (yesterday!) wrote a blog that I titled "The Story of Us" but then at the last second I changed it to just "Us."

    Basically, we're twins.

    But you're cuter.


    Anyway, I LOVE love stories. I can't wait to hear more about how you and your husband fell in love. I'm really excited because I see from your "Top 10 Moments" in life post that he baptized you, so I'm really excited to hear how all that comes into play. You know that my husband baptized me, too, right?

    Oh, and one last thing…the back of your wedding dress is really cute.


  25. Chrissie says:

    That is such a powerful entry! And So true 🙂 I can't wait to hear more!!

    – Chrissie @

  26. The diary entry is freakin' adorable. I wish I had something that special from when I met my husband.
    Proven evidence why documenting everything is always a great idea!

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  29. sooooo cute! i wrote a five page journal entry about the time i met my hubby and the first few dates we went on…this reminded me how happy i am that i did that! how fun it will be for the kiddos to read it when they get older 🙂

  30. Justcallmeblessed says:

    So sweet! How long have you guys been maried?

  31. SOOOOO sweet. Can't wait to hear more!

  32. Rolled Up Pretty and Cut Off Thoughts says:

    CUTE! I love reading back on my journal entries where I write about my husband, before he was mine. It makes you remember all the reasons why you married him! Love this!

  33. what a wonderful journal entry! so beautiful!

  34. Lexie Loo & Dylan Too says:

    Awww, that's so sweet!

  35. Lexie Loo & Dylan Too says:

    Awww, that's so sweet!

  36. that is beautiful

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  39. i kinda, maybe read Part 1 before the intro. 🙂 i can’t handle the suspense. anyhoo, i love a good love story. don’t make us wait too long for part 2. 🙂

  40. One of my favorite things in the world: True Love Stories!

    I can’t wait to hear more.

  41. What a great story, I cant wait for part 2. I might have to steal this idea for our love story!

  42. my hubby was the first guy to really really break my heart, too;) But that was a blessing I needed…to really KNOW I wanted to be with him so painfully bad;)

  43. Valerie Lever says:

    You’ve made my evening….this 62 year old lady copied your cloth flower instructions and the creamed egg instructions….I can’t wait to try both….I too love writing…no formal training but wrote for our small town paper for about five years until a year ago when economy got to bad to sell advertisements to keep it going….so I’m full of words and no outlet….Just had a small town election …for new mayor and two councilpersons…I wrote a four page letter for the three of my choice and it was sent out to 480 registered voters….404 voters turned out and my candidates won two to one against their opponents….One of the new councilmen said I should blog…Now, I know how to send e-mails, pull up facebook, write letter and save, etc….but blog? I thought I had something in my teeth (blog…maybe another word for floss…lol)….anyway, he thinks I would be good at it and after reading yours (only the second or third I’ve read over) I think maybe it would be fun….just need to know how to get started….I’m sure I can find someone who will help me….thianks for the inspiration….you have such an adorable family….always love and be kind to each other, never say a bad word about the other, especiallly in front of the children (or child)….life goes by so quickly….always have each other’s backs….see here I go again….can’t seem to stop….lol…..thanks again…Keep in touch……Valerie

  44. wow, amazing to know/feel/ he was THE one from so early on . So sweet!!

  45. When will you write about this again?


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