Like I said, I met Lance when I was about 14 years old at our home church, North Side Baptist here in Weatherford. I had seen him around church and knew who he was, but didn't know him on a personal level at all. I figured he had no idea who I was, but later found out that wasn't exactly the case. Our friendship really began to form during my sophomore year of high school when I began to lead worship with Lance and the band that led every week for the youth group at North Side. That season in life is such a special one to me. I was blessed with the opportunity to serve the church in a way that was new to me because it was an area that I never fully surrendered to the Lord before that year. I always loved singing and had sung a few times in church before, but honestly, I was TERRIFIED of sining in front of people. That year though, I had felt the Lord tugging at my heart, reminding me that all gifts come from Him and are meant to be used to bring glory to His name. I was learning that in my weakness, His strength comes through and carries me, which is something I relied on heavily when I first started singing! Through my dependence on Him and the leadership I was blessed with in our youth group, I began to really love being up there worshipping Him with my family, the church. And I absolutely loved the guys in the youth band, whom have all remained my "brothers" to this day. They were all about the same age as Lance, 19-20, when I first began singing and we had a ton of fun together. We still do when we get to see one another! Anyways, I continued to lead worship with Lance and the guys for one full year before Lance left Weatherford to attend Dallas Baptist University. Over the past year, our friendship had continued to grow and we were pretty close, like I was with all of the people we served with, but of course nothing other than friendship ever developed. After Lance left for DBU, I continued to lead worship with the rest of the guys for the remainder of my time in the youth group. The face of the band changed as time passed, but I loved every second.
While Lance was at DBU and I was in Weatherford, we remained friends and saw each other at church on the weekends. At one point he left North Side to lead worship at a church in a town nearby called Mineral Wells and I went with him on occasion to sing with him. Our friendship continued to grow, but still nothing else. Neither of us were looking for anything else to develop. I was still only about 16 and he was five years older. We were content being friends and we both had other relationships that we were in.
Fast-forward a few years to 2010. Lance and I have now known one another for about 3 years and were coming off of a period of time that we hadn't really seen one another or talked to each other. However, our friendship had begun to pick up again, but this time something felt a little different. I noticed that he was kinda going out of his way on Sundays and Wednesdays to see me and talk to me, and we would even text one another throughout the week sometimes, and I was responding to him in a way that was a little different that the way I treated the rest of my guy friends. I was definitely interested. :) I wasn't allowing myself to get my hopes up though! I'm one of those people who believe expectations are the root of all disappointment (sad, I know. I'm working on it.), and I was not about to get my expectations up for my relationship with Lance just to be let down. The Lord taught me a lot about trust during that time. My conversations and time spent with Lance became more frequent. He would come to my house and spend time with out family. Our conversations began to have a little more depth to them than just those of two friends. Still, I was not getting my hopes up, despite how badly my heart tried to convince me to.
In May of 2010, one evening as the sun went down, Lance called me and asked if he could come over. Of course I said yes. Then he asked me if I would be willing to go on a walk with him once he got there. Again, I said yes, but my heart had begun to race. Somehow I knew this trip out to my house would be different than all the times before. He arrived at my house 15 minutes later and we began to walk down the country roads around my house. I'll never forget how pretty the sunset was that night.
He started talking and I listened as he told me... Lots of things! Things he had been thinking about, what the Lord had been revealing him lately, all leading up to there was something he needed to tell me. I was so.nervous. I thought I knew what he was going to say, but I just wouldn't let myself think about it! Then he said it. He told me he had feelings for me, "Strong feelings". :) He said he had been seeking the Lord on our relationship for a long time leading up to that night (little did I know at that time he meant years!), and he felt like now was the time for us to pursue a relationship. I couldn't believe it! After all this time, the Lord was leading us to this?! What a gift! I quickly responded that I felt the same way and couldn't wait to begin this thing. We walked for a while longer talking about this and that and how excited we were. We made it back to my house, and for the first time ever he hugged me and held me for a moment. I think thats when I knew. I knew this wasn't going to be like any other relationship we had ever experienced before. And I was right!
The next year and a half was so, so wonderful. So full of joy and laughter, of seeking the Lord together and growing in our walks with Him. We had such a blast together, whether it be out on the lake or cuddling up at a drive-in movie, we were so happy, so full of excitement at where this was going and trust that the Lord was going to see us through. There were definitely some harder times and we both learned a lot about real love and how to treat each other, but God is faithful and gave us the power to see one another through His eyes.
And finally, one cold night in January, Lance Gibson took me to Cherry Park, where we had our first date, sang me a song he had written for
me, and asked me to be his wife. And I said yes!
|Singing me the song he wrote|
|Popping the question!|
|I said Yes!|
|We're getting married!!!!!|
We set the date for June 16, and the six months of wedding planning flew by. It was such a blast, too! Lance was so helpful, wanting to be involved in everything and serve me whenever he could. It was just so much fun! June 16 came and today we have been married for two months. He is my absolute best friend, one of my greatest gifts, and the only man I will ever want. It is so crazy to think that the friendship we shared over the years came to the love I now share with Lance. Not so crazy if you ask Lance, because apparently he knew a long time ago we would get married. :) God is good, people.
Through the years...
|Our first picture together.|
|Our wedding night!|
|One of our engagement pictures|