L E W E D :: the wait is worth it


This is a post for all of the lovely ladies who are either: currently dating someone that they've been with for several years, or currently not dating anyone and wondering if they will ever meet "the one".

As a Christian, there's this certain pressure to get married young and start your ministry as soon as possible.  Most girls are encouraged to get married during their college years and at my university there was a saying of getting your "ring by spring". As crazy as it may seem to some, I gave into this idea and wondered when I was going to get married. I started dating Elisha when I was 16 and as I've shared before, I was certain that we were going to get married - and so was he. We had initially wanted to get married once I graduated high school (kids in love). Plans changed when I decided to enroll in a 9 month intensive discipleship program called Master's Commission. It was like a mixture of an internship with the church and bible school; focusing on devoting your time and energy on your relationship with God. I was excited, but the only problem was the fact that during your first year, you weren't allowed to date. Which meant Elisha and I had to "break up". I put quotes because yes, we didn't date, we didn't talk or text, but in our hearts we knew that this was a season for us, but we were still going to be together.

So, we postponed the inevitable marriage. I ended up doing another year of Master's Commission and we were able to date again. After that year we moved to Texas and I started school in the Fall and he started his new position. We decided marriage during school just wasn't smart or responsible for us. We wanted to start fresh - no debt or school bills and full time jobs. So we waited.

Now, during these years, don't think I was cool, calm or collected. More often than not, I was a mess! I understood that there was a plan, but I'm a girl and as girls, we tend to freak out. I saw my friends getting married. They were getting married to guys that they had met, dated and married all during the time that Elisha and I had been together. It wasn't easy. Simply because I was just so ready to move onto the next phase with Elisha.

Here's what you need to understand; every moment you are with the man you love, should be enough. period. I remember God asking me, "what if you never got to marry Elisha?" I told Him that was ridiculous and He couldn't possibly be serious. Again, He asked the question and I thought to myself. Well, I would still be with him. If I could never be his wife, it would be beyond difficult, but I love him and I cannot imagine my life without him. It was in that moment that I understood. In whatever season we're in, close or far away from eachother, on a break or going strong, dating or married, we are together. Together forever.

I know the wait is hard. Oh trust me, I know. 

I guess I wanted to share this because it always encouraged me to know that there wasn't something wrong with me - like I wasn't the only one in the boat. There's quite a few in your boat. Most of the time I felt like I was the captain of the boat. But there was a day, when Elisha proposed, that in a single moment, all the waiting, all the tears, all the conversations with God, all the anxiety, worries and wondering, finally made sense. I know there could've been an easier way. I know we could've just gotten married right away, but if we had, I wouldn't have known God's faithfulness the way I do today. I am able to appreciate His loving care for us and His plan in an entirely new way. For that, I am grateful. It's our story. It's unique and it's not the way everyone should have it, but that's what makes our relationships so perfect. 


xo. melisa

She Said, He Said // P & D







How long have you been dating and/or married? 
She Said: 
How long have you been dating and/or married? 
We will have been married 16 years in November!!
He Said: 
My wife and I will be married for 15 years in November.  We actually celebrate 2 anniversaries.  One for when we were married by the law 15 years ago and the second is when we were married before God, in a church in Rio de Janeiro 8 years ago.

What did you think of each other when you first met? Was it love at first sight?
She Said: 
What did you think of them when you first met?  Was it love at first sight?
I thought Pete was a nice man when I first met him.  He seemed very sweet and kind.  However, it was not love at first sight.  
He Said: 
It was not love at first sight.  I am an internal auditor for a major oil company.  I met my wife when I audited her department.  The last thing she wanted to see were auditors.

What have you learned from your relationship?
She Said: 
I have learned that this relationship is the most precious thing that I have on this Earth and that it is to be guarded and cherished at all expense.  Good relationships take a lot of work. They are like gardens--they require lots of tending, watering, fertilizing and tender love. It is only when both parties are willing to participate that there can be success.  I have also learned that it is not always the most important thing to be right.  Sometimes how someone feels is much more important than proving your point. When it is necessary to prove your point though, prove it with love and kindness.  Strength of couple rather than self is built in a relationship where love and kindness are exercised in all things.  In summary, through my relationship I have finally learned to live and be happy.
He Said: 
I have learned from my relationship that marriages, and for that matter all relationships, are based on trust, healthy communication, and a recognition that both parties need to be able to compromise a bit for the good of the whole.

Who makes the decisions in your relationship?
She Said: 
With regard to what to have for dinner--me. With regard to what music to listen to--Pete.  With regard to all other things, it is a joint decision.
He Said: 
We make all major decisions together.

When did you know you had found "the one"?
She Said: 
I knew I had found "the one" when I was faced with a difficult decision regarding my career.  I had been offered a dream job in another state a few months after we started dating.  I asked Pete about the job fully expecting him to tell me I had to choose between the job and him (which is what a selfish person would do).  However, he told me that I had to pursue my dream and that if we were meant to be, it would all work out.  This is the first time in my life that anyone had put me and my dreams first.  At this point, I knew in my heart that if I were to ever get married, it would be to this man.  (Note that I was thirty-four at the time and had pretty much settled on the fact that I would be single forever.)  I moved to the other state and we continued to date long distance.   Needless to say, I discovered that my dream was in Texas with my sweetheart.  After a year and eight months apart, I moved back to Texas as Pete's wife.
He Said: 
I knew I had found "the one" as soon as we began talking about our value system and our definitions of right and wrong.

What is the best advice you have to offer a new couple?
She Said: 
There are basically three things that lead to a successful relationship/marriage.  1) Let no one come between you and your spouse/significant other.  Only God should be above your spouse/significant other.  If you are committed to this relationship, then you have to put your all into it.  2) Communicate.  Your relationship will never make it unless both parties agree to communicate.  Communication is not always easy.  Hard things sometimes need to be said but it is always better to say them up front rather than have them fester in your heart.  The key is to say them with love.  Remember to choose your words carefully--they cannot be taken back.  While you can say sorry, that word never fully erases the sting of sharp words which are never forgotten.  3)  Love and kindness should flow both ways.  Don't always expect to be the recipient of all things good in the relationship.  As much, if not more, satisfaction can be had from giving.  Giving doesn't always mean material things either.  Material things are societies way of expressing love.  Giving of yourself and your time make for some of the most wonderful gifts.  I have a card that Pete made for me early in our relationship.  I have it framed and hanging in our bedroom.  If I had to leave our home quickly and could only take a few things with me, that would be one of the first things I would grab because it is precious to me.  
He Said: 
The best advice I can give to new couples is that each person in the marriage needs to always look for ways to please the other.  If both parties do that consistently then the marriage will be successful.  There will be disagreements but as long as neither party dwells on them, then they will not become the focus.

What was your first date?
She Said: 
A picnic/BBQ hosted by one of Pete's colleagues at work.
He Said: 
Our first meal together was we met for lunch at Ninfa's Mexican Restaurant so I could return some tapes which I had conveniently not returned to her earlier.  Our first real date was an office party at the boss's lake house in Conroe.  When I reached out to hold her hand we both literally felt "electricity".

What are five words that describe you?
She Said: 
Compassionate, loyal, faithful, loving and smart 
He Said: 
Positive - I always look at the glass as half full. 
Caring - I care for my loved ones and will protect them to the end. Loved ones include my wife, my children, and my entire family.  Oh, and our 4 beautiful kitties. 
Christian - I love my God and my Savior. 
Giving - I will freely give of my time, finances, and spiritual gifts to the glory of His Kingdom. 
Musical -While I am not a musician, I am a lover of a wide range of musical genre, from Mariachi to Hip Hop, from Eminem to Ella Fitzgerald, from Gipsy Kings to Jerry Butler.

What are five words that describe your significant other?
She Said: 
Loving, beautiful (inside and outside), smart, compassionate and loyal/faithful (five words are not enough!!)
He Said: 
Loving - I am fully blessed with her love.  She deeply cares for all animals and will protect our 4 kittens from any harm at any cost.  She loves those who love and care for her. 
Discerning - One of her many spiritual gifts is the incredible ability to know when something/someone is not right in a particular situation. 
Intelligent - She is the smartest woman I have ever met. 
Faithful -She is faithful to God and to her friends she is faithful to the end. 
Sexy - As I said, I am blessed with the most beautiful and gorgeous woman alive.

It's always fun to gain wisdom from our parents. It was fun to hear from my Dad and Stepmom and hopefully soon, we can hear from my Mom and Stepdad! 

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She Said, He Said // J & K




How long have you been dating and/or married? 
She Said: 
4 and a half years.
He Said: 
like forever.

What did you think of each other when you first met? Was it love at first sight?
She Said: 
i remember walking into whataburger and seeing him sitting in the corner table. my good friend said, “hey, jacob is here….you should date that guy!” and I said, “really? yeah sure, what the heck!” 
He Said: 
is that ashley tisdale?! 
it was more “WOAH” at first sight.

What have you learned from your relationship?
She Said: 
i have learned that God literally does the impossible. He has brought jacob and i through so much together and shown me that when He has a plan that nothing can get in His way.
He Said: 
don’t kick sand at kittens.

Who makes the decisions in your relationship?
She Said: 
oh, me for sure. he’ll probably tell you that it’s him that makes the decisions….but that’s only because i told him to say that.
He Said: 
me.

When did you know you had found "the one"?
She Said: 
well let’s not get ahead of ourselves here….he isn’t officially THE ONE yet. he has to give me a ring first.
He Said: 
when she stayed by my side at the hospital while i was puking all over the place.

What is the best advice you have to offer a new couple?
She Said: 
oh, i don’t even know. i’m no expert at this whole dating thing. everybody does their own thing and different things work for different people doin their different things….dang it, i lost my train of thought. 
He Said: 
the other person is always right = happiness

What was your first date?
She Said: 
I'm not sure it if was our first DATE….but we hung out at the mall with some friends. also my family was there so they got to meet him. i don’t remember every detail but i do remember that his cell phone wouldn’t work so he broke it in half and stomped on it to make me laugh. then at some point he almost threw up in a fern. 
He Said: 
when we took a tour of the mall.

What are five words that describe you?
She Said: 
nice. sarcastic. caucasian. female. happy.
He Said: 
my. name. is. jacob. carr.

What are five words that describe your significant other?
She Said: 
talented. hilarious. spontaneous. God-fearing. cute.
He Said: 
this. girl. got. monsta. swag.

The fun part is that these two got engaged this last week!! I'm so happy for them; they're such a great couple! Congrats y'all!

She Said, He Said // J & S



How long have you been dating and/or married? 
She SaidWe've been together seven years this January, and married a year and 3 months-ish.
He Said6.5 years together: 1.5 years married

What did you think of each other when you first met? Was it love at first sight?
She Said
I met Jon at church, and when I first met him he and his dad were holding the doors open for everyone -- I thought he was kind and sweet but I didn't fall in love with him until later...
He SaidI thought she was the most amazing girl I had ever laid eyes on. And yes… it was love at first sight

What have you learned from your relationship?
She Said
Honestly, way too much to say. We started dating when we were 16, so we've grown up together and learned so much through that. But I would say the most significant thing is that we learned what the meaning of commitment was and how to truly love/commit to someone.
He SaidHow to truly love someone. How to be a better person. How to be productive. I've learned that I need encouragement and that Savannah is the most amazing cheerleader in the world. I've learned that we compliment each other so perfectly and that there is nothing we can't do as long as we stick together.

Who makes the decisions in your relationship?
She Said
We are both very equal, we like to discuss all major decisions and come to an agreement, but I do my best to respect his final say if he feels strongly about something. There are however aspects of our relationship where we "specialize" in and take leadership (budget, home cleaning etc..).
He SaidWe both make decisions depending on what it is and we both make sure to consult the other. However, when it comes down to it, I make the final call.

When did you know you had found "the one"?
She Said
Honestly we just clicked...our character, values and desires for life matched up and we wanted to take that journey together. 
He Said I just knew.

What is the best advice you have to offer a new couple?
She Said
a) Don't get into a relationship unless you picture a possibility of marrying that person. (b) Be students of each other...learn about each other and the simple things they love, their quirks, what blesses them...etc. (c) Communicate!
He SaidMake sure you dedicate time to each other and you communicate. If you don't, conflict is sure to arise. Also, learn to see things from your partner's point of view; being able to understand how the other one thinks is helpful in making sure your significant other feels happy, respected, and loved.

What was your first date?
She Said
We didn't go on a "first date" for a long time...but on his birthday in high school I surprised him and we went out to Red Lobster, just him and I. :)
He SaidRed Lobster for my b-day lunch! It was a freaking amazing surprise.

What are five words that describe you?
She Said
Creative, Determined, Thoughtful, Futuristic Minded, Full of Ideation
He Said
Considerate, Programmer, Loyal, Fun-loving, Goofy

What are five words that describe your significant other?
She SaidConsiderate, Programmer, Loyal, Fun-loving, Goofy
He SaidSunshine-cheerful, Wise, Loving, Creative, Unique 


She Said, He Said // A & W


>> How long have you been dating and/or married? 
She Said: Married 9.5 yrs
He Said: married for almost 9.5 years.

>> What did you think of each other when you first met? Was it love at first sight?
She Said: For me, yes. I liked him instantly and made it my mission to get him to love me back!! :) it worked. 
He Said: she was cute; she didn’t remember our first encounter. I bought an Entertainment book from her. She came around a year later and showed some interest!

>> What have you learned from your relationship?
She Said: Relationships are sticky, messy, and hardwork. But the benefits of sharing your life with someone you truly love are worth all the good, the bad, and the ugly!! 
He Said: you mean what am I still learning? That it changes; evolves. When outside factors are introduced (children, jobs, events, etc.) they might, or most likely will effect the relationship.

>> Who makes the decisions in your relationship?
She Said: I make a lot of day to day decisions, I'm super independent. But the "real" and big decisions we make together and ultimately, he always has the final say as the head of our home. 
He Said: decisions are made depending on what needs to be decided. Events/social life = usually her. What coffee cup to take to work = me. Improvements/maintenance/ insurance on house, cars, property (the boring stuff) = me. Spending = both of us usually. We balance each other out on spending. I’m frugal, I admit that; she is …not, and she’ll admit it!

>> When did you know you had found "the one"?
She Said: When in a crowded room full of people, the place I thrive, he walked in, and I knew I'd rather be sitting alone in a corner booth with him forever!!
He Said: initially it was when I made a comment to a friend that I “wanted to marry a girl like Whitney someday” and she overheard it. We realized it later when neither of us would give up in the face of adversity. We’ve been through a lot during our time together and have realized how tough we (and our relationship) really are.

>> What is the best advice you have to offer a new couple?
She Said: Don't give up on the passion, no matter how long you're together. Be willing to love passionately and fight passionately too! ...but...don't sweat the small stuff...that's not passion, that's just silly. 
He Said: you give up your “self rights” when you get married. Marriage should be selfless. That doesn’t mean that you can’t have opinions or do things your way, but you need to consider your spouse before you open your mouth or act on something. Things may come a bit easier to you that way. This is a challenging process, and I am still working on it!

>> What was your first date?
She Said: Our first official date? Or our first..."secret" date... Haha! Dinner with friends and ice skating. :) 
He Said:….uh a double date with a couple from a church we used to attend. We went to dinner and then ice skating, I believe.

>> What are five words that describe you?
She Said: Confident, outgoing, loyal, fun, witty
He Said: diplomatic (at most times), particular, funny (she’ll say inappropriate), determined, fun

>> What are five words that describe your significant other?
She Said: Thoughtful, hard working, silly, loyal,  manly
He Said: I would say put-together, but that’s two words so I’ll say beautiful.  Head strong, intelligent, motivated, passionate.



She Said, He Said // E&M


>> How long have you been dating and/or married? 
She Said: We have been dating for a little over 6 years.
He Said: We have been dating for 6 wonderful years!

>> What did you think of each other when you first met? Was it love at first sight?
She Said: 
I thought he was handsome. I really wanted to be his friend, but felt like he was too cool to want to hangout with me, ha! Which is slightly true because I was a bit of a dork back then, or rather just extremely awkward. I'm sure he'll call me a stalker at some point in his answer!
He Said: 
I thought she was really nerdy and cute. I'm not sure it was love at first sight, mostly because I was 16, but I knew this girl would be apart of my l life.

>> What have you learned from your relationship?
She Said: 
Oh geeze, what have I not learned?? I've learned the true meaning of love, sacrifice, submission, kindness, patience, and countless other things. I've learned what it means to give of yourself and not always get my way. I've learned about who he is and even more about who I am. Most importantly though, I've learned that God has a plan and being with this man, standing next to him on a daily basis, is one of the hugest blessings God has provided me with.
He Said: 
Now I know this isn't true for all relationships, but in ours I've learned patience and to be someone they can depend on. 

>> Who makes the decisions in your relationship?
She Said: 
Hmm... mostly him. I usually do all the planning and let him know choices that need to be made, but he gets the final say so. He always takes my wants and wishes into account though ^_^
He Said: 
It really depends on the circumstance...but if it comes to movies, it is definitely me! On a more serious note if I were honest I think our relationship tends to be more 60/40.

>> When did you know you had found "the one"?
She Said: 
I just knew. I know it might sound silly, but I did. I had never met a boy (cause then he was a boy) that I had ever even considered wanting to spend my life with. There were boys who wanted to date me, but for some reason at a young age, I got it in my head that the man I dated would be the man I married. I didn't want to waste my time on anyone who I knew I wouldn't marry, so then when I met Elisha... I just knew.
He Said: I'd like to think it was a "woke up one morning and just knew" type of thing, but over the years she's become apart of my life I can't, and don't want to, live without. She's my sounding board, my fun and corky best-friend, a perfect compliment, a hopeful ray, is ridiculously attractive (which is always a plus), and God's greatest gift!

>> What is the best advice you have to offer a new couple?
She Said: 
There's so much I would want to share! But I suppose the best advice is this; Relationships are about giving, if you do everything to make him happy and he does everything to make you happy then both of you will be happy. It's when you start to become selfish and put yourself first, that things start to go downhill. That, and enjoy every moment and trust that if you're suppose to be together, you will be together, patience truly is a virtue;)
He Said: 
Learn what the most important thing is to your significant other and do that thing. Spend time, give gifts, be affectionate, etc. 

>> What was your first date?
She Said: 
Our first date was to go see The Island, ha! It was such a lame movie, but it was fun. He was wearing a brown shirt with a dove on it from Hollister and I was wearing a maroon polo from A&F, we were so meant for each other.
He Said: 
We had two "first dates", but the one we usually tell people was our first was to see the movie "The Island."

>> What are five words that describe you?
She Said: 
Creative, Compassionate, Ordered, Opinionated, Sweet
He Said: 
Driven, dreamer, servant, stubborn, "perfectionist", 

>> What are five words that describe your significant other?
She Said: Handsome, Charismatic, Gifted, Witty, Intelligent
He Said: 
Sweet, optimistic, hopeful, strong, dainty