Three years ago (tomorrow), I remember placing a very delicate piece of jewelry on my neck for our wedding day - my late Grandmother's pearls. As if the day wasn't special enough, wearing Grandmother's pearls made me feel like a rare princess...and I was going to meet my prince at the end of the aisle.
All through high school and college (and even after college), I marched through the season of "singlehood" with some pride, but a lot of heartache. I questioned a lot of who I was, what I could offer someone, and if that prince would ever find me. I withheld one relationship my sophomore year, but it ended in tears and more questioning. Throughout my entire 4 1/2 years at Texas A&M, I remained single (by the way, I want to give a MAJOR shout out to our football team last weekend - WHOOP!).
Anyway, back to pearls...
I remember watching friends wear engagement rings and fancy dresses on all kinds of dates with their significant others, while I stayed in pajamas and watched reruns of Dawson's Creek. I hate to sound so dramatic, but it was true. I wanted to become someone's wife, and for a while, I didn't know if it would happen. But, Jesus had someone waiting in the wings...just waiting to sweep me off my feet.
In 2008, Jeff likes to say he came riding on his horse to whisk me away. And, he did. Although it wasn't necessarily love at first sight - it was surely a match made from Heaven, and I didn't see it until it was right in front of my face. After our first date, I felt like I was in Heaven...in love. Some would disagree that it could happen that fast, but it did with me, with us. I knew after one date of playing miniature golf, dining over my favorite meal - Italian food, and spending the rest of the evening playing with our wins from golf - I knew he was "the one."
Now, three years later after our wedding, my prince still manages to whisk me away. Last night, he gave me my precious pearls. I opened two jewlery boxes with 1 set of earrings and a beautiful necklace...and he reminded me several times, "They. are. real."
If you're a lady and feel defeated, don't forget your pearls could be waiting just around the corner. I promise they (he) is worth all the wait.