Our Love Story – 1:6

I thought it would be fun to record Jason’s and my love story—at least the beginning of it—starting with when we met and fell in love back in 1999. This is part 6 of 6.

Jason and I started talking everyday after school on the phone and on AIM chat (the text messaging of our day…) late at night. We shared everything with each other about our struggles at school, drama with friends, tension with our parents, dreams for college and beyond. It was clear that God had answered my prayer.  I got my best friend.

From the beginning, Jason shared with me that he wanted to take it slow and not rush into anything. It hurt. I assumed that meant he liked me, but he didn’t like me like me. But he kept calling. And we kept getting closer.

Jason had a job at a McDonalds inside of a Wal-Mart (talk about double-yuck!) and as my mom and I were on one of our frequent mother-daughter shopping dates, I suggested we stop by and say hi to him. She kindly obliged. We probably ordered fries or a milkshake. That I don’t remember, but I do remember seeing Jason in his purple hat and polo shirt and thinking he looked so cute!

The Saturday after our first double date, Jason and I went out again, just the two of us this time. We went down to the peninsula to watch the sunset over Lake Erie—my favorite place in Erie, PA. I remember sitting on a lifeguard chair together and talking about the awesomeness of the sunset and how the sky changes colors. We pondered the marvels of God and the complexity and beauty of Creation. This guy was a deep thinker and I loved that we could share this awe of our Creator together.

Back at my parent’s house we watched TV with my dad. When he left the room, I let Jason pick what he wanted to watch. He landed on Emeril on the Food Network and I learned that he loved cooking and was considering becoming a chef. Seriously? This guy is an amazing musician, writes poetry, can spend an hour marveling at the sunset AND he loves to cook? I was in heaven. Emeril’s show was just starting to get popular back in 1999 and he would say he needed to “kick it up a notch” every time he was adding more spice, and “bam” as he tossed it into the dish.

As we sat there on the love seat together, across from Emeril Lagasse on the TV, Jason asked if I thought we should “kick it up a notch. You know, make it official.” He was asking me to be his girlfriend! I don’t think Jason was certain of it quite yet, but God had answered his prayer, too. He didn’t want to date another girl unless she was his future wife.


3 Responses to Our Love Story – 1:6

  1. jocelinefoley says:

    I’ve really enjoyed reading your story! But why is this the end? Don’t we get to hear about dating/getting engaged, etc.?

    My husband and I have also known each other since high school, though we didn’t date until much later, when we were living long distance. While we were re-getting to know each other, dating, and then engaged while living in different states and then different countries, we were on AIM constantly. In fact, we often joke that we own AOL for our marriage. That and T-Mobil and Deutsch Telecom.

    • mahlbrandt says:

      Hmmm…I don’t know. It’s the end of chapter 1 of a many chapter story, I guess. It’s all I have written for now but someday I’ll get around to writing more. A lot happened in the 4 years we dated and the going on 9 years we’ve been married. I’m glad you enjoyed reading it! 🙂

  2. I love this story! Thanks so much for sharing! How mature you two were to know you had that deep of a connection when you were that young! 🙂

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