Thursday, December 5, 2013

This Guy


No outfits. No style posts. No clothing collage. Today is all about this guy you see right here.

December 5th, a few short years ago, my best friend was born; raised as a gentleman, taught the true meaning of values, love, respect, dignity, loyalty, hard work and a strong faith.

Here's a Cliff Notes version of our story...my side of the story, of course.

This man stole my heart in the 7th grade. I was twelve years old and the "younger" girl who barely got noticed by this popular, fine looking 8th grader. He moved onto high school and forgot my name and existence. Enter my freshman year. There he was, playing varsity football as a sophomore and a little stud that would never commit to any girl (wise words from his dad). He took me out on a few dates, got my hopes up, broke my heart a time or two (stupid teenage boys), bought me a carnation on Valentine's Day, held my hand on the Ferris Wheel at the county fair, two-stepped with me at The Texas Rose (a dance hall we went to every single weekend) and then BOOM went off to play college football.

Big man on college campus would come home over the holidays and pay me a small amount of attention, just enough to get my hopes up once again. 

Now it was my turn to hit the college streets. I met a boy, but he never compared to that guy that I was instantly smitten by many years back. He met a girl and brought her home. I wanted to die.

I am not sure how it happened or what event/day/party/holiday it was, but we saw each other again. The spark, in my mind always there, was rekindled. It's just something him and I always had. After back and forth a few times, many tears, lost sleep, crying on my mom and best friend's shoulder, people saying we would never work, we officially became official. He left his football scholarship, transferred to Texas State to be with me (SWT way back then) and the rest is history.

I truly believe he is my soul mate. Maybe it sounds silly or fairytale like, I am a dreamer you know, but we were destined, by whatever powers that be, for togetherness.

He is the epitome of what I call a real man. One that always has time for me, puts his family first, works his hands to the bone, is strong when I am weak, loyal like no other, respected and liked by everyone who knows him and isn't afraid to feel.

So, happy birthday, middle school crush, high school heart throb, college sweetheart, husband, prince charming, father to our children, biggest fan and best friend.

I realize this might be more mush and unicorn fluff than some like to read. Don't get me wrong, we have been through heck and back a few times. Our marriage is far from perfect, but I would be lost without him. 

Happy Birthday, Ross. I love you. 

P.S. If there was a song written perfectly for one single person, this one would be it. It's my husband...every single word. 

Shanna

58 comments:

Ashley said...

Loved this post Shanna, so cute!! You two are so adorable!, he's a lucky guy!!!

Xo,
Sincerely Miss Ash

Alice Warren said...

What a sweet post! You too are meant for each other!

Alice
www.happinessatmidlife.com

prettyanddelectable.com said...

What a great photo of you two! That's so neat that you've known each other for so long. Happy celebrating!

Becky M said...

Such a cute story! So glad you posted!

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Rachelle (http://pinksole.com/) said...

Awwww that is such a sweet story, Happy Birthday to your hubby!

Susan Jeffries said...

Beautiful post Shanna! I pray for this kind of love for my daughter(: He is a lucky man! susan

Nina Piccini said...

Loved reading your fairy tale ending :)

xo, NIna
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Simone Howell said...

What a gift you both are to each other. So well written and so sweet. Happy Birthday Ross!

Simone Howell said...

What a gift you both are to each other. So well written and so sweet. Happy Birthday Ross!

Simone Howell said...

What a gift you both are to each other. So well written and so sweet. Happy Birthday Ross!

Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said...

Awwwwwwwwww! Sooooo sweet! And so beautifully written!!!!!

Iris Hanlin - Writer/Photographer said...

Happy birthday, Ross! This is such a sweet post, Shannah. :) Bless you two.

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Mol C. Nichols said...

So sweet, everyone should have a fairy tale story of how they met their love. You're right saying that marriages take work but it's worth it. Happy birthday to Ross and hope you guys continue being BFF.

Rebecca Lately said...

So, so sweet! Happy Birthday, Ross!

Hallie Oceanside said...

love this post, love this song, and LOVE this story! Seeing and reading about true love is the best, and I love how happy you are:):)
Happy Birthday to your hubby!

pretty little things said...

awwww such a sweet love story! happy birthday to your hubbie! xo

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The Pink Growl said...

This is one of the reasons I truly love you, Shanna. Your big heart! This is the sweetest post ever. Not gonna lie, it made me tear up! Hope you and Ross have a great day celebrating his special day!

Carly said...

LOVE this, happy birthday to your better half!

Carly
www.lipglossandcrayons.com

Lewis Lane said...

That is the sweetest thing evey. You too are adorable. Happy Birthday Russ

Whitney James said...

True & strong love is such a blessing. Happy birthday to your Mr. Wishing him many more!

~Whitney
whitneynicjames.com

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I freaking love this. What a story, what a guy.

Happy birthday Ross!

DIYLori said...

Made me tear up! The best relationships aren't perfect and have undoubtedly been through a "few" things. It's how you get through them that matters and makes the love so much stronger. I feel like I had my heart broken by every jerk on the planet until one very special man walked in to save me from one more day of heart anguish. :) Happy birthday to your hubs! It's so lovely to hear about good people having good partners.

Amy Shaughnessy said...

That is SO sweet!! I love stories like this one.

Amy


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Alyssa said...

SO so sweet–I loved hearing how you guys met!

Susan Liberatore said...

By far the best post I've read all week. Too sweet for words!
Today is my nephew's bd. Good people born on Dec 5th. ;)

Rachel said...

Oh my gosh SO adorable! I was friends with my bf in college before we dated- I think being friendly first is the way to go :)

TheTinyHeart said...

What a sweet post! Happy birthday to Ross!

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart

Ashley Barnhill said...

LOVEEE this post! Happy birthday Ross! Love reading all about y'alls love story. :)

Rachel Lynne said...

Awww, what a sweet story! I'm glad it ended up working out. And I don't think it is silly, I also truly believe we are destined to be with someone, even if there was heartbreak, tears and other people in our lives before! Happy Birthday to your husband!

jackie jade said...

aw this is SO sweet! love that you've loved him since middle school and then things worked out for you guys :)
-- jackie @ jade and oak

Helene in Between said...

OMG Shanna. I never knew that you guys knew eachother for so long. this is so sweet i have tears in my eyes. i love y'all so much!

Reagan Leigh said...

Happy Birthday Ross!! Such a cute couple...I remember when you guys were dating in high school!! We should totally get together sometime for dinner...a bunch of Alvinites in Austin! :)

Lauren {Fizz and Frosting} said...

Aww. This touched my heart. Happy birthday, Ross!!

Because of Jackie said...

Love, love, LOVE this post! It is so interesting to hear other people's love stories and yours is so cool that you have known each other so long:) Cheers to amazing husbands and soul mates, it makes the world rosier, does it not?

Heidi said...

Aw, that was so much fun to read! It's mindboggling all of the little things that happen when the right one comes around. My hubs and I started dating when we were 18 and knew very soon that this was it. Our first date was almost 12 years ago and I wouldn't have wanted it any other way.

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Amber said...

Aww, I love it! I always wondered how y'all met. Your story is so sweet and you guys are just gorgeous together!

Kara Barry said...

Happy Birthday Ross! Great post Shanna. Knowing you both it is fun to hear your story. I never knew the full back story just knew that obviously you two must have started a relationship back in high school and kept it going. I like your version, very sweet!

Megan Coomer said...

Adorable! Love this!

Natalia Restrepo said...

Awwwwww, I don't know if I should say congrats to him for his b-day or to you for scoring one of the good ones. CONGRATS to both!!!
I always love your posts

Natalia
http://leavingthecorneranddippingmytoes.blogspot.com/

J and A said...

Awe. I loved this post!! You two are great!

jenn~the stylish housewife said...

Awwww! SO SO SO sweet. Good thing my husband won't see this because he would be all like...."You would never say that about me". But the truth is, I feel the same exact way about my hubby...if only I could write as good as you Shanna! You guys are just too cute for words!

XOXO, Jenn
The Stylish Housewife

Kayla Gilbert said...

Aww that is so sweet Shanna! Loved reading your little love story! : )

Kayla
www.lovelucygirl.com

Lisa said...

What an honest love story... thanks for sharing...

Lisa @ Daily Style Finds

Night Owl said...

love this.

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Tracy Walpole said...

I love this Shanna. Happy Birthday Ross!

Always Maylee said...

Definitely sounds like a fairy tale to me! Happy birthday Ross. I hope he has an amazing one! :)

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Erika said...

Very sweet!! Hope you enjoy a wonderful day together, celebrating his birthday!

shelley said...

Love this, it's a beautiful love story. And I LOVE that song, actually I love that man, Will Hoge is my FAVE ever, been following for years. If you and Ross ever get the chance to see him live (if you haven't) I highly recommend it!! Oh, and happy birthday, Ross!

Sybil@PeaceitallTogether said...

So sweet. What a great story! Happy birthday, Ross!!

saraH said...

What a sweet post, thanks for sharing!

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JP Lord said...

aweeee, I'm going with fairy tale girl. Happy Birthday to your hubby!
xox

MorganizewithMe said...

I LOVED hearing your side of the story. :) Beautiful story for sure! You are so genuine and I love that. The song is a good one too!

TaraMixandMatch said...

This might be the sweetest thing ever :)

Brianne Bracco said...

This is seriously so sweet. That is the cutest picture of you two. Hope you had the best time celebrating you BFF! :)

FitTravelerAJ said...

you two have an amazing story! hope he had a fantastic birthday!!

-AJ
FitTravelerAJ.com

Samantha Curtis said...

SWOON. I love this :) So sweet... love you guys!

All That Glitters said...

This post is so sweet I love it! Reminds me of my hubby and I's story a little bit:) So glad it all worked out in the end for you....isn't it wonderful when those things happen?:)

vanessa • with great heart | creative services studio • www.withgreatheart.com said...

I love Love, and you two are it. Happy birthday Mr. Shanna!

Vanessa

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