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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.
-ashley

to be continued…

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54 Comments

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    Autumn
    May 15, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    I love these memories with my husband 🙂

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    Anonymous
    May 15, 2011 at 10:44 pm

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

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    Lauren
    May 15, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    gushing! so so cute

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    AlexandraRose
    May 15, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    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.

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    Katie
    May 15, 2011 at 10:48 pm

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

    -Katie

    http://thebrockmeyers.blogspot.com

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    jade
    May 15, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    what a cute post! Thanks for making me smile 🙂

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    Justine
    May 15, 2011 at 11:18 pm

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

    Just Better Together

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    Samantha
    May 15, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    wow! what a cliffhanger!

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    JennyBeth
    May 15, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    More! More!

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    Jaimie
    May 15, 2011 at 11:31 pm

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

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    Maria-Isabel @ Agape Love Designs
    May 15, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    aww!! 🙂 More please… LOL

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    PeaceLoveApplesauce
    May 15, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Awwww!

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    The Crimella's
    May 15, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    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!

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    Maeve Rachel
    May 15, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    So beautiful! =)

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    Jenny @ www.alongthelei.blogspot.com
    May 16, 2011 at 12:21 am

    AAAAAAWWWWWWWW

    my heart flutters for you two!!

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    Julie
    May 16, 2011 at 12:21 am

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

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    A Randomlicious Blog for the Soul
    May 16, 2011 at 12:40 am

    Awesome!

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    I'm Laura!
    May 16, 2011 at 1:44 am

    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.

    *Laura*

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    Lindsi
    May 16, 2011 at 2:09 am

    I LOVE it!

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    Sundresses and Smiles
    May 16, 2011 at 2:53 am

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

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    Aileen
    May 16, 2011 at 3:50 am

    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.

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    Lindsay
    May 16, 2011 at 3:54 am

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

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    Mission: Life, Objective: Live.
    May 16, 2011 at 4:43 am

    This just made my night. 🙂 The end.

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    Kari
    May 16, 2011 at 5:29 am

    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.

    🙂

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    Chrissie
    May 16, 2011 at 9:11 am

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

    – Chrissie @ mattandchrissie11dec.blogspot.com

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    Pamela
    May 16, 2011 at 10:59 am

    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!

  • Reply
    Keianna Johnson (KeeKeeAllNatural)
    May 16, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Beautiful!

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    Keianna Johnson (KeeKeeAllNatural)
    May 16, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Beautiful!

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    Tyler
    May 16, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    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 🙂

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    Justcallmeblessed
    May 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    So sweet! How long have you guys been maried?

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    Ashley
    May 16, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    SOOOOO sweet. Can't wait to hear more!

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    Rolled Up Pretty and Cut Off Thoughts
    May 16, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    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!

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    Andrea
    May 16, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    what a wonderful journal entry! so beautiful!

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    Lexie Loo & Dylan Too
    May 16, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Awww, that's so sweet!

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    Lexie Loo & Dylan Too
    May 16, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Awww, that's so sweet!

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    james
    May 17, 2011 at 12:03 am

    that is beautiful

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    Liz
    October 31, 2011 at 1:47 am

    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. 🙂

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    Jessica
    October 31, 2011 at 2:32 pm

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

    I can’t wait to hear more.

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    October 31, 2011 at 4:10 pm

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

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    kristen duke photography
    November 4, 2011 at 5:19 am

    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;)

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    Jen
    April 11, 2012 at 4:09 pm

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

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    Heidi
    July 14, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    When will you write about this again?

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