Guest Blog -
The Others Perspective -
To this point Holly has done a wonderful job of taking us all on a journey and helping us understand how she feel about our upcoming Wedding. I asked her if I could guest blog this week because I wanted to make sure all of her faithful readers understood that this was not a one sided feeling. I am pretty good at speaking my feelings and putting them together eloquently, but I am not as talented as the future Mrs. Brantley at writing them down, but I will give it a try.
Over two years ago I remember sitting in my dads house and crying on his couch. For those of you who know me you will know that crying is not one of my favorite emotions, but my friends have described me as emotional. So there are times when tears can gush from my face like the Niagara falls doesn’t happen often but it does happen. Anyway I remember saying to Pop that I didn’t know if I would ever get married again, in fact I didn’t know if I could ever love someone again because I was so hurt. I put my heart and soul into a marriage that failed. I never experienced that before and I just wasn’t sure how to handle it. I remember thinking that I would just raise my daughter and be happy. That was safe. Funny how God had different plans.
I ran into Holly a day after my divorce was final. She had just started working downtown and was going to get Jimmy Johns for lunch. I don’t often buy my lunch I usually bring my own, but this day for whatever reason I decided to go to Jimmy John’s. She noticed me first and gave me a hug and then asked how I was how were my “Wife and kid.” I told her “Kid was fine, but no longer have a wife.” There was some awkward silence and then she turned back to the guy she had come in with. It was nice to see her again, a friendly face from high school, and someone I had a huge crush on all four years at Hoover. Anyway we got our sandwiches and left. Later she sent me a note on Facebook and we agreed we should meet up.
We did meet up. It was at EL Bait shop and I remember seeing her walk in, I can still describe to you to exactly how she looked that day, because she was absolutely stunning. She had on a white and yellow diagonally striped shirt and a jean skirt. She wore heels and a necklace. She had a beautiful smile that lit up when she recognized me sitting at the table. I remember telling her when she sat down that I don’t know what she thought this was but I was going to treat it as a date. We drank, we laughed and I remember thinking that I wanted our date to never end. I even went with her to watch her get a tattoo !!. That night when I finally went home, we gave a little kiss, and I thought to myself, I wish I could kiss this women every day.
We continued to date, and continued to learn more about each other, and I started to realize, that I was happier. She made me smile, she was fun, she listened, she cared. Then it hit me… Ohh shit I am in love. This was not supposed to happen this fast. In fact this wasn’t supposed to happen for a long time. It did, it hit me like a ton of bricks. I remember saying to my roommate KJ I think I love her, and him saying back “that’s dumb.”
Time went on and we never stopped kissing, or loving each other, in fact it has grown stronger. We have gone through pre-marriage counseling and all it has done is confirm that this is the right choice. This is the woman I am supposed to be with for the rest of my life. I want to provide for her, I want to make her smile, and I want to take care of her as long as I am able. I love Holly Marie Moeller. I believe that God meant for us to meet that day. I believe that had it even been a day earlier, that we wouldn’t be here now. I can not wait to spend the rest of my life with Holly. I can’t wait for us to make more memories, to pick each other up in tough times, and to share the good times together. I think that being through this once before has even helped me to see how I can be a better husband. I plan to give it everything I have and then some. I want to be the perfect husband for the perfect woman.
Sorry to be so long and wordy, there are a lot of things that could have been added to the story, but for the sake of time I will leave them out. Just know that if you know either of us or both of us, that I am as happy as I have ever been in my life, and I am going to cherish and honor Holly Marie Brantley for however many days I have left on this earth.
Thanks all and GOOOO BUCKEYES!!!!!