Our History

Nick and I met in August 2002, he was a junior and I was a senior. He sat next to me in Mr. Ales’ psychology 2 class…wait a second was that foreshadowing for the future, man I should have run when I had my chance (I kid I kid), anyhow we became partners in class. From that partnership a friendship formed, a friendship that quickly turned into very long late night phone calls, and eventually our first date. We saw “The Hot Chick” on New Years Day 2003…once again foreshadowing?? A first date led to a second date and then our story ends, or at least takes a break. For reasons that are irrelevant to this story we parted ways. I graduated and went off to college an hour and ½ away and he started his senior year. In April 2004, and I can remember what I was doing and who I was with at the time, he called me out of the blue. I was on his mind and he wanted to see what I was up to. My freshman year was almost over and I would be returning home for summer. We started spending time together as soon as I came home. We went to see “Mean Girls” (ok apparently this is all my fault, I just missed all the very obvious signs) as our first second date, although I’m not sure it was a date he didn’t pay for me ;). We had a great summer; we became “official” May 20th, 2004, which seems like a lifetime ago. In the fall I returned to school and Nick stayed home to attend community college. He visited me at school and I came home a lot, I had obligations that required it anyways, but it was still a long year and I was anxious for us to be able to be together all the time. In the Fall of 2005 he transferred to my school. This is where the story gets boring; we lived the day-to-day life of two college kids in love. We went to class, watch TV in my dorm at night, and ate grilled cheese sandwiches at DC 1 every Friday. Throughout college I couldn’t wait to get married, and May 20th, 2007 he finally popped the question. We were planned a long engagement, I would be student teaching in the fall and he still had 2 years left in school. We set our wedding date right away: June 20th, 2009, it was going to be 25 long months. I graduated in the spring of 2008 and we decided to move in together. This was not the original plan, I really wanted to wait until we were married to live together, but Nick thought it was best for the success of our relationship. We rented a nice 2-bedroom 2-bath apartment on a golf course not far from our college. Nick started his last year of school and I began my first job teaching kindergarten in a charter school in Detroit. June 20th, 2009 came and went we were married on a beautiful windy day in a church just north of our hometown. After the wedding we resumed what would be the normal life of a young newlywed couple. Nick graduated in December and that’s when our lives would take a major change. He received a job offer that meant a 650-mile move from Michigan to Maryland. This was a hard transition for me. I had always expected to raise my kids near my parents in our hometown, but it wasn’t in the cards. In February 2010 we moved. We lived in an apartment in a quiet development 30 minutes from the state capital of Annapolis. Nick started his dream job and I was working part time at a childcare since its difficult to get a public school teaching job in the middle of the year. In the fall I did get a job teaching kindergarten in Baltimore. We adjusted to our new normal and life persisted as it always does until…

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