Our Love Story

February 8, 2012

Hey y'all! Today I saw a lot of bloggers doing this great Valentine's Day link up with From Mrs. to Mama and thought I'd link up. I've never gone very in depth with out love story so who knows, maybe you will learn something new. It is so funny to call it a love story, I am just not the mushy type at all.

1. How long have you and your significant other been together?
4 years as of March this year.
[before Jeremy left for Africa in 2008]

2. How did you meet? {What's your "love" story?}
We met in a Sensations & Preceptions class at ULM in 2007. We are both Psychology majors. Towards the end of the semester a few of us who would be seniors were registering for our university capstone class and I suggested Jeremy {who I didn't know was a semester behind us} take the class with us under Dr. Palmer. Since I had to catch up with him in front of Starbucks he swears to this day I was stalking him. But I wasn't, I was being nice. The spring semester we took Palmer's class on positive something or another which was basically us watching a ton of videos by Joseph Campbell and do a presentation about religion. Well needless to say my panic attacks set in and as a means of preventing from presenting (Jeremy and I were set to present the same day) I asked his friend who sat in front of me for his number and text him "If you don't go first I will kill you." Romantic right? Well he went, and I still didn't present, I lied and said I didn't have my flash drive-that professor seriously gave me panic attacks. That night Jeremy text me some cheesy mess, and long story short we were supposed to be going on a bunch of psychology group outings that turned into everyone backing out but us dates. After he took me to the Emo concert that everyone else backed out of he asked me out in April. He ran off to Africa for 3 weeks in June, and we were engaged in August. 

3. If married, how long have you been married? If not, is this the guy you hope to marry? {do tell}
We have been married over 2 1/2 years. It will be 3 May 30, we were married in 2009...quick courtship I know haha. 

4. If you are married, where did you get married at? Big or small wedding?  If not, where would you like to get married? And will it be big or small?
Small. It was right about 100. We were married at Twin Oaks Plantation in Natchez, MS in front of the chapel in the garden (that still had its original Tiffany glass windows). We didn't have a formal dinner, just drinks, dancing, and h'orderves. 
[wedding photography by Jennifer Lizenby]
5. Do you have any nick-names that you call one another? Do share!
Not really, I call him all sorts of things like Learch. Mostly it is only babe. He sometimes calls me what my immediate family and friends call me...Emma. Oh wait I do call him Jer sometimes, but my sister calls him Jer Bear. 
6. Name 3 things you love most about your honey.
He is a good Christian man, hardworking, and his height will hopefully enhance the Cater genes. Ha! But really, he loves my dogs and family, what more can I ask?
7. Tell us how he proposed? Or your ideal proposal?
He took me out to the park and we had a picnic, of BBQ (my favorite none the less) and chocolate covered strawberries. Afterwards we went walking and he proposed. Sadly his reason for marrying me at the time sucked, or his wording did. His sister had been arguing with him about dumb junk and he praised how I dealt with it. Not exactly romantic, but I agreed. 
[at evening church after we were engaged 8-23-08]
[engagement pic by Two Suez]
8. Is he a flowers and teddy bear kind of guy for v-day, or strawberrieschampagne, and rose petals?
I'd say both. I've scene flowers, champagne, and strawberries over the years. But honestly that is a rare occurrence. I think flowers are a waste of money most of the time. I love them in my home, but it cost and it dies...no bueno. 
9. Are you a sunset dinner on the beach kind of girl, or pop a movie in and relax on the couch?
Pop a movie in and relax on the couch. I've told Jeremy several times my favorite dates involve Johnny's pizza and a movie in bed. 
10. Tell us one thing you'd like to do with your significant one day. If you could do anything? Go anywhere?
We have both traveled abroad seperately and this past Christmas we finally got the chance to travel together to Italy. From here I'd like to go to England again[to live], Jeremy would like to go to China, and our together idea would be the holy land tour. 
[at the Saint Angelo Castle in Rome with the Vatican in the background]
11. Tell us what you plan on doing on this Valentine's Day.
Cooking. I want to do steaks with some yummy side I don't normally do and a fun appetizer and desert. I have only decided on the steaks for now though. By Saturday I will know what I want. We are having to celebrate on Saturday since he has class till after 8 on weeknights. 
12. Are you asking for anything this Valentine's day?
No, my birthday is this month so I go light on him for V-Day. We usually just do cards, although last year Jeremy pulled a Mike (my dad) and didn't sign the card and gave it to me in a WalMart bag. Aren't we so romantic. 

13. Give us one piece of advice of keeping a relationship strong and full of love.
To know that divorce is never an option. My parents taught me to not use the word. Life is hard and you have to realize that like life there are ups and downs in relationships. You just have to work through it and not give up just because it is tough. You will get back to a good time, even if it take awhile and a lot of work.
14.  Show us a picture of what love means to you.
Jeremy flipping me while we were swing dancing for our first dance. Not the most romantic thing I know, but it is a true depiction of us. No posing, and Jeremy giggling while I screamed in fear ha! We spent a lot of time practicing for that, and a much more dangerous flip had to be taken out because I was so dizzy by the time we got to it I could never land on my feet. Also, my Mom and Nanny are in the picture, along with a lot of our friends. I really believe you can't have a successful marriage without loved ones supporting you, I know my Mom & Nanny are our biggest cheerleaders.