Whenever we start to tell someone about how we met- we always begin with the fun fact that we went to daycare together when we were children. Both of our families are from the same small town in Iowa. As many of you know, living in a small town pretty much means that everyone knows everyone. Matt's dad was the wrestling coach from my uncle as he went through high school. So, our families knew each other pretty well from the beginning.
As we grew up, I went to school in the next town over. Matt and I would always run into each other in random places and stop to chat. We didn't start dating until we were in our mid 20's however. Every time we ran into each other, either he had a girl friend or I had a boyfriend so there was never any talk to starting to date. In high school, Matt's school and mine were rivals in sports. I was always cheering for Matt however, because I had had a crush on him for as long as I could remember. I never thought I would end of married to him- he always seemed too cool for someone like me in school!
Fast forward several years and boy/girlfriends later..... I was living in an apartment with a roommate and came home to a message on our machine one day....(answering machines...that makes me laugh! Remember the good ol' days before voice mail!) A mutual friend who knew I had a crush on Matt, suggested he give me a call since she knew we were both single at the time. When I heard the message, I had no idea why he was calling me. I actually thought maybe he wanted to go out with my friend! When I called him back he asked me out! I was really excited!!! (I'll save the first date story for another time!) I can still remember listening to that message over and over and it makes me laugh every time!
We have been married for 8 1/2 years now and have a 7 year old son. We still live in the same small town where most of all of our family lives.