10 years ago, on december 17th

10 years ago today, the 17th of december, it was a friday. and on that friday, an awkward girl finished up her first semester of sophmore year at University of Idaho, finished packing for Christmas break, got a ride up to Spokane WA so that she could catch her flight home the next morning… and had her first date with a boy from Whitworth College.

that is how it all started.

well almost. besides a long few months of the boy trying to convince me to date him… that is another story.

today’s story is the story of our first date.

we met at his dorm room that night. classy huh. i actually had to change. i wore boring clothes on the hour and a half ride up and i wanted to look pretty for our date. so i changed in their *gross* bathroom. his and his roommates. and the guy who was crashing in their room…free of rent. anyway, did i mention that a college-boys-dorm bathroom was gross? ha. i should have guessed. i was rather naive. anyway, when i came out of the bathroom all dressed up there were a bunch of other boys there. apparently *he* had told every one of his friends where we were going and what we were doing. they all thought it was pretty hilarious that he had finally convinced me to date him.

so we talked one of them into taking this picture.

akward first date ;)

how young we look! and we matched. LOL. he’s wearing his christmas sweater that i still can’t convince him to get rid of. he loves it. and he loved it then.

anyway. he took me to a restaurant downtown Spokane called Clinkerdaggers. i think. it’s hard to remember the details. i do remember that i didn’t eat anything and i was starving when i got back to my friend’s house because i was too nervous to eat. i also remember that he talked a lot. like the entire time. ha. he’s good at filling empty space… hee hee. especially when he’s nervous too.

then he announced he had to go to the restroom. apparently he had foreseen this and he had worried that in the matter of moments it took him to go to the little mens room, i would change my mind and run out of the establishment alone unless he reminded me of himself…so he had written a card for me to open while he was gone. IT.WAS.HILARIOUS. and kinda weird. but that’s how we roll. i think i still have that card somewhere…

spring-summer 05 006

apparently we also set up the camera on the table to take a blurry shot to commemorate our dinner. i seriously just found this and thought we were cute so had to add it. haha. and that smile. with the dimple. ahhh. i don’t get to catch that on camera very much! i love it. hee hee.

the next morning, he completed the date by picking me up at my friend’s house at some o-dark-hundred hour to take me to the airport. really, it was sweet because i didn’t know how i was going to get there to make my o-dark-hundred flight. the buses didn’t run that early! and he used the opportunity to prove his adoration of me. ha. OR, i used his adoration to my advantage… potatoes patatoes.

then we went to our separate homes for two weeks of Christmas. i remember calling him a couple of times. back in the days before i had a cell phone, and he had given me his house number. oh the awkward old days of waiting for him to call and wondering what he was thinking. hee hee.i can’t believe that was ten years ago! picking me up from the airport

there’s that cute smile again!

then, in January, when i got off the plane on my way back to my spring semester guess who was there with a dozen roses? ya, he used to give me flowers. like all the time! what happened in ten short years?

{btw, is it funny that i was wearing red again? and he was too? ya, i kinda think so too.} 

i love this man. he was pretty darn good at woo-ing me and pursuing me to get me on that first date. and he still is pretty good at pursuing me and showing me how much he loves me. most of the time… ha! i’m very blessed to do life with him. to wake up next to him. and to have a family with him! i am a blessed woman.

Jonathan, i thank God for you. and i thank God for that first date. happy 10 years of dating and loving and being together!

xoxo-kimberly renee


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3 Responses to 10 years ago, on december 17th

  1. Pamela holderman December 17, 2014 at 11:09 am #

    Ahh wonderful story…tissue time.

  2. Karen December 17, 2014 at 12:38 pm #

    Thanks for sharing, Kim! What a great “love” story. Rich had to convince me to date him, too. He used to send flowers to the school where I taught. I finally agreed to go out with him. I don’t get flowers anymore. 🙁 But, I get to wake up with him every morning and have two wonderful children…16 years and counting! 🙂

  3. Frank December 17, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

    Thank you for sharing, Kim. I really enjoy reading your articles. It just makes me feel good. Getting to know more about two (make that three) people we love a lot.

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