Our Love Story: Part 4


Here’s the thing about this love story of ours. It’s long. And drawn out. And mushy gushy. And even a bit cheesy. But it’s true. And I’ve decided to take my time writing it, capturing all the special details of those moments I never want to forget. So if mushy-gushy, cheesy love stories aren’t your thing, I totally get that.  Just know that I’m writing this as a gift—to my family, and my children, and their children—and also, for Ben and me—so that on those days when the kids are screaming, the laundry is overflowing and the bills are rolling in…on those days when it all just seems so hard, we’ll have this to remind us of those first moments when we fell in love. And if sappy, detail ridden love stories are your thing, well then you’ve come to the right place. All previous chapters can be found here.


Friday Night:

Please call. Please call. Please call.
Only a few hours had passed since I wrote my number on his napkin,
and in that short time my phone had not left my side.

Rachel: So he finally asked you out?
Me: Yes, fiiiiiinally.

Rachel was my Summer time roommate. My best friend.
We had gone to high school together and shared nearly every single class.
But it wasn’t until our Senior year in high school and Freshman year of college that we created a real friendship.

The kind of friendship that had inside jokes.  The kind of friendship where you could go to the bathroom while talking on the phone with said friend.  The kind of friendship where you loved to see the other succeed, to see the other happy. Rachel was this kind of friend.

So naturally, I had been gushing all the details about the boy with dimples from day one.

Rachel: Do you know what you’re going to wear yet?
Me: I have noooo idea.
Rachel: Well, it all depends on where you guys are going and what you’ll be doing.  Did he say where he was taking you?
Me: He said something about… “putt putt”.
Rachel: What in the world is “putt putt”?
Me: I have no idea, but I guess I’ll find out.



Friday night ended with no call.
So I slept with my phone under my pillow–ya know, just in case.
Still no call.

The next morning I went on my daily 3 mile run with cell phone in hand {I was disciplined back then}.
Still, no call.

I had cereal and Swiss Miss for breakfast.
No call.

Rachel and I headed down to State Street for a little afternoon shopping and lunch.
After meandering through all our favorite shops, we sat down at out favorite place to grab a slice of pizza.

Rachel: Nothing yet, huh?
Me: Nope, nada.
Rachel: He’ll call.


When I was in high school,
and it was the day of a big dance–like Homecoming or Prom,
I remember blocking out nearly the entire day to primp.
Not that it took me a whole day to get ready…
But I liked taking my time,
enjoying the process,
perfecting every element of the outfit.

And much like my time consuming process for important high school dances,
I had similar plans for my preparation for this date.
So at 6:00 pm on Saturday night,
when he still hadn’t called,
I naturally assumed there would be no date.

My hair was unwashed from my early morning run.
I was wearing sweats.
And I had on 2 day old mascara.

It wasn’t pretty.

So, of course, my phone rang.
And when I saw that it was an unrecognized number my heart started to beat in my face.

I took a deep breath.
Be cool Ashley. I reminded myself.

Me: Hello.
Ugh. That came across so valley girl. Oh well.
Ben: Ashley?
Me: Yep.
Ben: It’s me, Ben.  I just wanted to see if you were busy later tonight. Maybe you wanted to hang out?

Okay, so he was one of those guys. The ones who doesn’t call until the last minute, and then doesn’t have intentions of starting the date until 9:00 at night.  Well, I certainly wasn’t one of those girls. I liked advanced notice, planning, organization, and an early start to my evening–but for him…I would make the exception.

Me: Uh, yeah, sure.
Ben: Woah, don’t get too excited.
Me: I meant yes, definitely. I just need to get showered.
Ben: Okay, then how about we meet in 30 minutes. Will that give you enough time?

Thirty minutes!
Was he kidding me?
I didn’t even know what I was going to wear, I tasted like salty sweat and I had a pony tail crease in my hair.

Me: Thirty minutes will be plenty of time.
The words left my mouth before I could stop myself.

Ben: Great, let’s meet at the coaches offices on campus in 30, and then we’ll go from there.
Me: Sounds great. See you then.
And then I hung up.

Me: RACHEL!!! Start laying out outfit options pronto!


My hair was damp and my make up was natural.  I wore my favorite Miss Sixty bell-bottom jeans with zippers in the back, a borrowed Abercrombie t-shirt from Rachel, a white Gap jean jacket, and my white platform Sketchers sneakers–an outfit I wouldn’t be caught dead in today.

Despite the rush, I was feeling pretty good about my attire that night.
I grabbed my American Eagle green canvas purse and headed for the door.

Rachel: Let me know how the first kiss goes.
Me: Rach, this is our first date…their won’t be a first kiss.

But I was wrong.


Thanks for reading Our Love Story so far.
I know I promised photos, but I was wrong–they are in the next post.
Stay tuned for Part 5…the first date.

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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. Girl, how do you remember every detail?? So sweet, you need to write a YA novel 🙂

  2. I love reading these! It’s been five years since I met and started dating my husband and I wish I remembered all the little details!

  3. This is too cute. I’m so glad I found your blog. I love it. I can’t wait to read more.

  4. I agree with commenter number one! I have been looking forward to these posts to see what happens next! You should definitely write a YA book, you would be a natural!

  5. My first kiss wasn’t until after a month with my boyfriend haha I was grounded our whole first month for talking so late on the phone with him.

  6. yup. YA is your calling, Ashley. You’d already have a built in audience. Time to find an agent… 🙂

    Great story. That outfit with the flared jeans brings me back to the late 90s. Gah.

  7. OH MY GOSH ASHLEY! I am LOVING this story! The wait in between each post is killing me. I am still in the dating years of my life, so each post just gets me so excited! Thanks for sharing it!

  8. BAHHH! You can’t stop there. Too much suspense, haha.

  9. So exciting!! I love this story!! xoxo

  10. I find it amazing that you remember exactly what you wore – every detail!! You definitely have a gift for story telling! 🙂

  11. Oh my goodness, I remember those miss sixty jeans!!! ha! That is so funny. I used to do that too, bring my phone with me everywhere waiting for the call. Why do guys wait so long to call? It used to drive me nuts. So glad I am married now and don;t have to deal with that anymore 🙂

  12. This is a great story! Forget the love part. Def a YA best seller… Great job… Keeping me excited for the next post.

  13. This story keeps getting better and better! Keep it coming and coming!

  14. I’m cracking up about “put put,” that’s what I call it and I never thought about how silly it sounds to people who call it something else like mini-golf hahaha 🙂

  15. you do remember every detail.. i am the same about my husband i remember every second of our first date 🙂

  16. Okay, I really cannot remember how I found your cute blog but I just have to say that I love reading your love story. It really makes me want to write one for my husband and I. Please write more! I am dying to find out how the rest of the story goes!

  17. Why am I so excited to read these posts?!? We all know how it ends!! That’s what makes this blog so good…..great writing!

  18. I love your beautiful story. I feel like I’m there every step of the way. Thank you for sharing such an intimate part of your life and for letting others be apart of your journey.
    You are an amazing human being. And I am so glad to know you. I love you Little Miss Momma.

  19. Is that state street the one in Redlands? And is the fav pizza place the gourmet pizza place? If so I love that place too. We just moved from there and we still drive back to eat there.

  20. Girl! I am on vacation in Hawaii but I love reading this story so much I keep checking’ your blog for the new posts! You are so cute and so real- the way you act about waiting on Ben really brings me back to my boy crazy days. K-now waitin on part 5 😉

  21. well I have to hand it to ya, you know how to keep us on the edge of our seat. I am glad you are writing this all down in detail for little W this is a GREAT story!

  22. HOORAY!!! I’ve read every part! I’m hooked. SO SO SO DREAMY! Your cliff hangers are killing me!!!!! UGH! Guess I’ll have to occupy myself with new cinnamon M&Ms while I wait for the next installment. (Have you tried those things?! Yum.)

  23. Oh my gosh! Platform sneakers…I so rocked those! It’s so funny to look back and see what we used to wear! Looking forward to reading part 5…I’m totally hanging on every word.

  24. You are killing me! I WANT MORE!! 🙂

  25. What a great story so far. I read them all in 1 sitting just now. My intention was to read the first one and come back later because I need to start work but I couldn’t stop. I’m hanging on every word. It’s so sweet!

  26. I found out on the first date with my now husband that he was one of those last minute callers with intentions of 9:00 dates. lol

  27. it sounds perfect so far 🙂 loving this.

  28. Oh this is such an exciting story; you leave me hanging at the end of each part! I laughed out loud at the 30 minutes part! hahaha I used to block out all day and enjoy the ‘getting dressed up for dances’ process too in HS. :o)

    I can’t wait to hear about your first date. Every time I read about your love story I want to start blogging out my own, but I think I’m going to wait until the anniversary of when we met – in May.

    I’m staying tuned,

    For Love of Cupcakes

  29. LOVE this story! Keep ’em coming. I feel sorta like when I read Pioneer Woman’s love story – I can’t get enough fast enough! 🙂

  30. I am LOVING these posts way too much!! I get so excited when you post a new one, I really want to do this for me and my husbands love story (so I might totally take your idea on this…hope you don’t mind)!

  31. oh girl, bell-bottom jeans, Abercrombie tee and white platform Sketchers… I’m pretty sure I rocked that same outfit! 😉 {shakes head in shame} hahaha! 🙂

  32. love this!! im impressed you got ready (shower and all!) for a first date in 30 mins!! 🙂 looking forward to reading more… and starting my love story before i forget all the details 😉

  33. I love reading your story and even though I already know how it ends, I just can’t wait until you write a new part!! 🙂

  34. so sweet! totally going back to the beginning of this series. 🙂

  35. laura~eye candy event details says:

    loving these stories – it’s like reading a romance novel. lol But I love that you are doing this as your kids will CHERISH this when they get older. Very cool.

  36. Leigh Anne says:

    My first comment on your love story, but I wanted you to know that I hav really been lovin it!! The suspense is killing me! I also really love all the little details. Cant wait for the next part!!

  37. Goodness, your love story is so much fun to read! ♥ thanks for sharing..it’s “brilliant”.


  38. Wow! You, Ashley, have a immense natural talent for storytelling. Not everyone can bring emotion out in their readers because of the true emotion in their written words. 🙂

  39. Lovin’ the story.

  40. talmage ellis-sherinian says:

    You are so adorable! I have been following your blog for about 7 months! I was always curious to your love story because I know you are a convert to the church. I am also LDS and I am going on a mission to Brazil in January. I am going to miss reading your blog the most and pintrest of corse! 🙂 But I am looking forward to reading the rest of your love story! Your a phenomenal woman and mother! Such a great example to others in this big world! Know that your appreciated and you have many talents that don’t go unnoticed! Take care.


  41. You are so talented! I have loved your little cliff hangers and detail to your love story. You really should write a novel, this reminds me of a book I’d be indulging in as a 16 year old girl.

  42. I did a happy dance when I saw you had added another part to your love story! Can’t wait for part 5!

  43. Yay! Another love story post! Seriosuly, write a dang novel already. I will be your first customer! 🙂

  44. Totally need a photo of THAT outfit!!! 🙂

  45. I absolutely love this! Its the cutest thing in the world!! 😀 you two are an adorable couple. I wish I would have kept journals through my high school years…all those awesome memories I could account for every detail….oh well its ok. Thats what blogging is for right??

  46. Who knew white platform Sketcher were the way to a man’s heart? I have so many journals from the years I was dating my husband too. I’ve thought about photocopying a few pages and framing them as a gift. He’d either love it or be convinced I was completely nuts.

  47. Ahh!! I cannot wait to read the rest!

  48. Ashley! AH! I can’t wait to read more! This was such a teaser….. you are such a lucky girl. I hope all the single ladies meet someone with this type of anticipation 🙂

  49. Oh, my goodness! You’ve left me hanging!!! You’re an incredible writer! Can’t wait to hear about the date! =)

  50. I heart your blog!! I am loving the love story. I’m inspired to write my own now. I want my kids to have the details and emotions documented. Can’t wait for part 5! I’m checking back every day for it!

  51. i cant wait to ready part 5!!!

  52. Please oh please post part 5. I’m waiting ever so anxiously!

  53. Wow! Okay so I can’t wait for #5. It’s like a book I can’t put down. You know when you are reading a good novel and you can picture it very vividly- yea this is it! You are such an amazing writer. I have enjoyed going through and reading bits of your blog today!

  54. I can NOT wait till your next installment!!:) Hope you get to feeling better soon. I know it is hard to blog when you are feeling so sick:(

  55. This makes me melt.
    Hurry up and post Part 5,
    i’m DYING to hear about the first date!:))

  56. chelseyadele says:

    Part 5 please! i’ve been trying to be patient! haha

  57. I’m so excited for the next part to come out!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂

  58. O wow! I love your story so much! This stuff is priceless!

    I’m currently in the midst of a long and nuanced story of my own and I feel like you’ve inspired me to start keeping a journal again…

  59. Rebecca N.Z says:

    So beautiful! What an awesome story!! I think I need to start keeping journals for the years to come to look back on and remember the small details, because they really do make the story!
    cant wait to read the rest

    congrats on your pregnancy as well

  60. Love story part 5—HOW MANY EVER IT TAKES

    Hi Ashley,

    I just found your blog and was reading your love story. I read part 4 and then went through the archives looking for Part 5. YOU MUST FINISH!!! It’s like reading a Nicolas Sparks book. I’m HOOKED!!!


  61. What just happened? I could have sworn I was just reading a novel. This was my first time on your site and I came across these love story posts– I just have to know what happens next!

  62. we need more!

  63. I just came across your blog and fell in love. I needed to know more about you and started reading the love story before realizing it was unfinished. When I got to the end of part 3 and you hadn’t even been on your first date I was a bit worried about how you could wrap up the entire story in one more part but kept reading.

    Needless to say I was a bit disappointed to not be able to finish it. Can’t wait until you have a chance to post more. You’re a great storyteller!

  64. Can you please finish your love story??!!

  65. I heart colored denim jean jackets. White, tangerine, and green all live in my closet! I can’t wait for the next part of this LoveStory series! I love how you add pics and Pinterest quotes. Your kids will love this one day if you print and make it a little book gift for them on one anniversary.

  66. Where’s part 5????

  67. Oh my goodness! I just found your blog and I already love you and your husband! Ha ha! Your story is so sweet and I can’t wait to hear the rest!!

  68. Kari Lynn says:

    Yes, I agree with others – please finish the story! 🙂

  69. I can’t wait for you to start feeling better so we can see pictures and read part 5!! 🙂

  70. I’m hooked on your love story. Can’t wait to read part 5 😀

  71. gushing here 🙂

  72. So sweet, you need to write a YA novel


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