Sitting here thinking back over the last 3 1/2 years of my life, I find myself getting lost in the moment all over again, and feeling that special tickle in my stomach every time my phone would ring and I would see his name, or everything he gently leaned in to kiss me. Every single day with this man is a blessing to my heart and I thank God for allowing me to love the man of my dreams, and to spend the rest of my life with him. I am so happy to say that Michael and I have been married for 2 years today, yup you heard it, 2 years. Happy Anniversary to us. :) Right now we are spending 7 days alone at Salt Spring, nestled in a cabin on Lake Kerr, but I have auto drafted this blog so you would have something to read while we are away. I thought I would go back in time and share the story of how Michael and I came to know each other, since some of you may not know.
March 18, 2006
I was 19 years old and at home when my friend Carrie called asked if I wanted to go to a birthday party for Becca Nobles with her and her fiance Quentin. Little did I know when I hesitated and finally said yes that night would forever change my life. Now thankfully I actually spent some time and got dressed up that night.. When I arrived at Quentin's house I noticed a red F-150 parked in the drive, thinking to myself, who is this, I seen Quentin, Carrie, and some older looking guy walking out. Carrie then said hey, were going to ride with Michael, now if you know me and my past, with my dad being a officer, I am thinking um you may be but I am driving, I dont get in trucks with strange unknown men, :)... Needless to say in I went against my better judgement. I still remember to this day what he was wearing, and what I was wearing. He was dressed in blue jeans, a long sleeve navy blue shirt, with tennis shoes on, and I was wearing blue jeans with a long black t-shirt, with a short green jacket over, and black clogs. Once we arrived to Becca's I went my way mingling with my friends and not really getting to know Michael, I wasnt really in the finding a man mode, so I really wasnt interested, what I didnt know is Carrie and Quentin had higher hopes for us.
About 2 week's later I signed on to myspace to find this, (Actual message, I still have it)
hey it was nice meeting you, we should all get together again soon.
Well another week or so passed and I was still in fast mode living my life and going to hair school 8 hours a day, when I signed on to myspace to see this,
what's up not seen you in a while
how have you been. need to do something some time.
I am going out of town to georgia to race, I will be gone until sunday. call me some time we will hang out.
got to go see you later.
So now I am starting to think, what is this guy trying to accomplish, I am not giving him anything, lol..
Needless to say, our paths once again crossed at Quentins, (did I mention he lived on quentins road) and we ended up on a double date at applebees, then hanging out at quentins later, where I really got to know Mr. Bell.. I found myself wanted to talk to him later that week, I needed to know more, who was this guy and why was I starting to fall for him so hard.
4 days later, I was sitting at my best friend Jessica's house when my phone rang, and when I answered my heart went to racing, it was him, he wanted to know if he could take me to dinner. Heck yes. lol.. So i got ready and met him at his house, it was close to Jessica's. I remember telling Jessica when she said where are yall going to go, I said who know probably the chicken house, it's not like he is going to take me somewhere nice like olive garden (my favorite place). When I got in his truck, he said where would you like to go, I told him I really didnt care, you know us women we like the man to make the decision, and he said, " what do you think about olive garden." Did i just hear him correct, are you kidding me, it was then I knew I would fall in love with Michael Allen Bell...
Needless to say things went great over the next several months, before I knew it, it was July 2006, and Michael and I were in Daytona Beach visiting my Dad. We stayed the night down there 2 nights and on the last night, we were walking on the beach, it was almost dark, and I looked at Michael and he was hesitating on saying something, I asked him what was wrong and that was when I hear those 3 words, I love you, my heart melted.. :)
The picture above was taken the weekend Michael told me he loved me... <3
A few more months passed and I was getting ready to go to Christmas Eve Dinner at my grandmas, which is a family tradition, now I am a very impatient person, and I do not like surprises, well I do, but I dont like the suspense that comes along with them. Michael had my christmas present under the tree and I had shook and bounce and thought about peeling the paper back to see what it was, after all it had been there for months and I just couldnt imagine what it was, now we all know what I wanted, what else does a girl want other than an engagement ring, but he had pretty much assured me that we were not getting married any time soon and if I thought thats what it was, I would be VERY disappointed. I thought hey maybe I will try this one more time, "Michael, can I please open my present early, it's christmas eve." this was something he had heard every day for the last 29 days, but today I got the answer I wanted, he said Ok, I will be right back, I have to go get it. Huh? It's under the tree... Well yeah that was just a box with nothing in it but some candy, lol.. it was a trick box, when he walked back in, he sat next to me on the couch and handed me this beautiful silver and blue bag, and I gently pulled the bag open and my eyes were full of disbelief, it was a small tiny box, appeared to be a ring box, so i grabbed it and as I opened the box I heard, Brittany, will you marry me.... WHATTTTTT so of cousre I started to cry, and said yes... I couldnt beleive it..
The picture above was the night Michael proposed.
One of our engagement pictures.
A few months down the road the wedding was planned and scheduled for September of 2008, but me being the impatient person I am, just couldnt wait, so on May 30, 2008 Michael and I were married in Folkston, Ga, at a adorable little chapel. Now this was a unplanned wedding and very last minute, but God knew what he was doing the preacher was amazing and really spoke words that were mean for Michael and I to hear. I will never forget standing in that tiny chapel, seeing tears run down michaels face, and thinking how blessed I was to becoming his wife. I will always cherish that day, and every word that preacher spoke.
Since the wedding wasnt my dream wedding, I decided to have a reception which was wonderful, it was full of family and friends, great food, and I was able to wear my pretty white wedding dress.
I feel like this was yesterday and yet it's been 2 years.
Thank you for loving me, thank you for caring and being the man you are everyday. You are the most gentle honest man I know, and I am so blessed to call you my husband. Every day with you is a moment I will treasure for life, words will never explain the love I feel for you. I am amazed by you more and more as every moment passes and look forward to spending many more years with you happy and in love. I will always stand by you and be here for you. Happy Anniversary Baby! :)
Your wife, your best friend, your heart-
Mrs. Brittany Bell
THe pictures below reflect our years spent together thus far....