Chris and I were on our way home from a friends house; he had turned down the music in the car and said, "Amanda--I like you." I looked at him and simply said "I like you too, so turn it back up" he goes... "No...I like you -- LIKE you" ... I said "ohhh". We were quiet the rest of the ride home.
I walked into the house, and into the bathroom--looked in the mirror and I was smiling from ear to ear. I realized then that I liked him as well.
After Church on Sunday, we had a car full of friends, I grabbed Chris' hand and said "Guess, what? We are together now". And we were together ever since. We loved each other pretty early on, I remember telling him "I think i'm falling in love with you..." He said "I already have".
He asked me to marry him in my yearbook which was really sweet; I still have it actually. He graduated on time from high school after making up some PE classes. I had to go to adult school to finish economics so that I could graduate. So, I didn't graduate on time; however, I would walk to adult school and home because I didn't have a license. But I earned my diploma on my own! Which was a very big accomplishment for me since I didn't "HAVE" to do it, but I did.
Chris was leaving for basic training on July 16, 2003. I was leaving on July 10, 2003 for a memorial service on the East coast, so we eloped without telling anyone on July 9, 2003.
Since I was out of state, Chris couldn't put me on his bank account; therefore, I didn't have access to money. My family and I were planning a wedding, in August I told them that we had eloped...not long after that my mom kicked me out of the house and I had no money, no vehicle -- so I moved in with my in laws.
My ex-boyfriend remained in the house because my mom said it was my fault that he had to stay there. For some odd reason, everything was someone else's fault...usually mine.
She called me drunk one night at my in-laws house to tell me that I owed her over $400 worth of porn charges on her satellite receiver; I said, "I'm not paying you any money...I didn't watch porn in your house" She then said "I KNOW, it was your boyfriend." I quickly corrected her by saying "He's not my boyfriend, I'm married now--I told you to kick him out because we broke up, but you let him stay."
She hung up on me.
I moved in with my in-laws in August of 2003, they helped me get my license in October of 2003, they let me live there rent free, provided me with a vehicle and a lovely home. I am so grateful to have them in my life. My husband came down on orders to Germany in January 2004 so that was our next adventure.