We met through a mutual friend on Christmas evening of 2004. I saw a handsome man who had clearly spent the day working, and even recognized a work truck in the parking lot that most surely had to belong to him. It was not love at first sight, but it was "like" at first sight. We started dating about 6 weeks later. Our first date was a the Waffle House where we talked past midnight into the early morning. On Valentine's Day we went to my grandparent's 50th anniversary where my family met Jake for the first time. Everyone knew it was a big deal because I NEVER brought guys home. He caught the garter, I caught the bouquet. We spent the next weeks dating, doing life, getting to know one another. Jake shared about his son Andrew who lived with his mom in Alberta, Canada, who was 11 at the time. He also shared about his vasectomy in his previous marriage, that would need to be reversed for us to build our family should we marry. We discussed adoption at this time. After much prayer and consideration we both continued to see our relationship heading toward marriage. We got engaged by May and were married by June of the next year. We were married at "Pretty Place" Chapel in Cleveland, SC, surrounded by family and friends. We honeymooned in nearby Sapphire, NC on an island on a beautiful lake. We also were given a wedding gift of plane tickets to join Jake's family in Montana for a family reunion so we could meet family that did not make it to the wedding. We were able to visit Yellowstone Park and have some adventures there.