His suggestion came as quite a surprise.
But I didn’t really know what to expect.
We were back east visiting our son who was attending a college there.
It was his first year and our first visit.
Our first son.
A number of firsts.
I’m not saying I was nervous – just that I didn’t know what it would be like. Wasn’t sure what he would think of us now . . . or what his friends would make of us. Wasn’t sure how it would all go.
He’d already been at the college for a couple of months, but for me it felt as though the first day of school.
So that’s why his proposed idea came as something of a surprise.
How about if you and dad tell how the two of you met? You know, shared your love story with my friends?
Our son went on to explain that he’d sent out an email to a bunch of his friends around campus inviting them to join us at the lunch table in the cafeteria.
He was gathering his group together because he hoped his parents would tell how they first met.
“Really…? Do you really think they’ll want to hear it?”
Oh, yeah, Mom. Everyone loves a good love story.
And I suppose they do.
But I never imagined sharing ours with our college-aged son and his buddies.
That was a surprise.
*Our son (far right) and some of his friends from college
An Uncommon Love: How We Met and Decided to Marry in Six Days
Matthew and I have shared our story many times over the years.
Late into the evening with old friends. Over a cup of coffee with new friends. At a Valentine’s Banquet. With singles who needed encouragement. With couples who could use a good laugh. And with our son’s college friends across the country.
We always tell our story together—him and me.
I think it’s mostly because he doesn’t really tell it right. He gets people to take his side in the story, but that’s just not fair. So I have to get my word in there too (and I’m already counting on you to take my part in this, okay?). I wouldn’t want you to get the wrong impression!
Maybe it’s not all that unusual of a story.
Single girl meets single guy.
Starts with a letter.
Ends with a kiss.
Just another love story.
Except maybe for the part where we decided to marry six days after we met.
And that we’ve been loving each other ever since.
Maybe that’s not quite so typical.
NEW Series beginning next week: An Uncommon Love
An Uncommon Love.
Yeah, that’s what he called it. And I always liked the way that sounded. So that’s what I’ve called it too.
And that’s the story we’re going to be sharing over the next few weeks. Him and me.
About how we knew we wanted to get married only six days after our first date.
And how before that, I declared that I wouldn’t go out with him “If he was the last man on earth”. Yet somehow ended up in his arms in the end.
It’s a story about an ordinary guy and an ordinary girl. A story about falling in love.
About insecurities, miscommunications, self-doubts, wonder and a kiss.
Two people looking for love and waiting on God.
In true life.
An Uncommon Love: A True-Life Love Story by Matthew and Lisa Jacobson.
Starting next week, we’ll both be telling our story. But he said I could go first . . .
Doesn’t sound like it has a very promising beginning, does it? Don’t worry. It gets better.
I’ll tell you all about it . . .!
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**And now for fun – how did you and your husband meet? Where were you when you first saw each other? Do tell….!
In His grace,
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