Today, i am so happy to share with you the love story of Casey and Chris. Casey is a huge inspiration and their story is just so so wonderful! The beginning part of how they met is quite similar to mine and Gilles's. Be sure to hop on over to her blog and follow her adventures. She has the sweetest little babes and is pregnant with another sweet little girl.
Hi! My name is Casey Wiegand, I am a freelance artist, wife and mama. I love painting and sharing our life through my blog...where you can expect pieces of my perspective on life, loss, faith, kids, marriage, with touches of art, creative inspiration, projects and things I love along the way.
I will begin at my highschool graduation (where it all began....sort of). Chris is 4 years older than me so he was at my highschool graduation with his current girlfriend at the time (they were watching her little sis graduate). I am not sure how this came about but he asked who I was. smiley face. She told him... that is Casey Jones and she'll be at Baylor next year. I graduate, make it to Baylor and Chris can name countless times that we were at the same places... always remembering who I was from that initial sighting. My sophomore year he sat behind me at a concert and tried to get the courage to talk to me the whole time and never said a word. Fast forward time....(he is older) he graduates, moves back to Dallas. I still don't know he exists and we have still never officially met.
*Another funny sidenote. Some of Chris' friends from college live right near my parent's house so he would always drive past hoping to see me. :)
I graduate college in August. One night Chris was at a highschool football game with a bunch of guys and my little brother, Travis, walks up to the group. Chris asks who that is..."Casey Jones' little brother" (so I am back on his mind)...then later that evening we both randomly wind up at a Kanakuk reunion. He waited at the bottom of the elevators to talk to me and I took the stairs!
Finally he decided just to get my number and call me. What was supposed to be a phonecall for a "sort-of" blind date turned into hours of conversation. I didn't even know what he looked like at the time. I remember when I went to answer the door, my heart literally stopped....I could not believe someone so handsome and so sweet was standing there. I tend to be a bit of a homebody. And I remember my brother saying to me one day - "youre never going to meet anyone staying home all the time"... and my response was, God knows me, He knows how I tick... if He must, He will bring him to me. And He did!
He took me out on a date on October 21. I remember thinking I was in serious trouble because there was such an instant connection. We are both artists, see the world very uniquely, have interesting personalities with very specific needs. Three months later he told me he loved me and wanted to spend his life with me. We went to Hawaii after 5 months of dating and he proposed to me on our one year anniversary. We had an 8 month engagement, married on June 16... I was 23 years old. We started our business/studio when I was 24.We had Aiden when I was 25, Ainsleigh at 27, a miscarriage with Addison at age 28, then pregnant again with Apple. And here we are today.
There is obviously a lot that has happened in the middle. We have had some messy patches, hard patches, ups & downs. I have let him down a zillion times and he has done the same. But at the end of the day... Christopher has always said "There was only girl I could spend my life with...and that's you." And I believe it. Through better or worse. He has made all my dreams come true. He has changed my life. He has loved me well. He has made me a better me. Through day in and day out.
He chose me. And I am thankful. Our story :).