Today, we’ve been married for seven years, and dating for almost fourteen (assuming we don’t count the 12 hour break-up after that night at Gaswerks. I blame the $1 shots.)
I remember a conversation we had one night after a friend’s wedding. We’d been dating for around 2 years at that point, but I can’t honestly remember who’s wedding or even which bar we went to afterwards. We were drinking, laughing and have a good time when the conversation turned to the future. Now normally when this happened, I would get wildly excited and try to play it at least a little bit cool outwardly, while JR would usually get a little green around the gills and steer the conversation in another direction.
But that night, maybe he was feeling the love from the wedding, or maybe it was the booze, but that night he started talking about how he really wanted to live and work overseas, and what that might look like for us.
He gave me this line, I’m pretty sure he actually said, “I can show you the world.” Straight out of Aladdin! And I ATE.IT.UP. I mean it didn’t even matter at that point, because I was madly in love with him already. Not quite Jerry Maguire-style you had me from hello, but close. I would have followed him anywhere.
Anyway, I thought he was daydreaming. Even when he started this job and we moved DC, I couldn’t have imagined this life.
But here we are. We just moved to Egypt, the third country we’ve lived in together since getting married and starting this weird Foreign Service adventure. We’ve added three kids, amazing trips and memories, and so much laughter. It’s not always easy but I wouldn’t trade it for anything!