It all started about 12 years ago when I attended a Freshman choir concert at the public school that I would be attending the following year. I was going to see a girlfriend of mine perform and in the middle of the production I noticed a cute, tall, dark haired boy turn beet red from something the boy(his brother) next to him had said or done. I asked the lady I was with who he was and she said, "that's Jason Sandefer." That's when it all began...
About three years later Jason began actively attending the church I was going to. He was sweet, quiet, and everyone loved him. He had a confidence about him and his Spiritual walk that made him that much more attractive to ALL the girls in the youth group. Of course I had a tiny crush on him but nothing more. We became really close friends.
During my Senior year we remained close friends as he went off to Baylor. We would chat on AOL messenger a lot. In December of 1999 I asked him if he'd come back home to go with me to our Christmas school dance called "Jingle Bell Ball" just as friends. He said yes and we had such a good time. Of course I hoped that he would show interest in me, but I wasn't really expecting anything to happen b/c our friendship was so great!
(Senior Christmas Dance)
Over the next few months we kept talking but we also started flirting. When he came home to visit his parents we hung out and started going on dates just as friends but those progressed too. I remember standing in my parents driveway one night and we began talking about the future. I didn't realize how serious we were until he said, "I always said that the next person I dated would be the one I would marry...you know that's what I'm going for with us right?" I about melted to know that he was thinking of me as his future wife.
(My Senior Prom)
(Right before going to my Operation Graduation)
(Playing racquetball at Baylor)
(Photo booth at Astroworld)
(Fishing in the rain)
(At Jason's Baylor Glee Club Concert the Winter before we got married)
(Our first youth camp together before we got married)
Over the course of our relationship we spent a lot of time on my parent's front porch swing talking and falling in love. The night after our youth pastor died he drove home early and threw rocks at my window to get my attention...I met him downstairs on the porch swing and he just held me. We were very close to Steve and it was so nice to be comforted by someone that felt the same pain. On December 24, 2001 I came home from work and he was waiting at the front porch for me. We sat on the swing and he looked so nervous...he fiddled with my hand and my "True Love Waits" ring and as he twisted it on my finger he said, "Do you love me, do you love me enough to give me this ring?" And he took it off and replaced it with the engagement ring I had picked out. I was elated!!!
(At the court house picking up our marriage license)
(Luau themed wedding shower)
(Heading out to begin a new Sandefer family...)