The Name

January 11, 2013

Disclaimer:  Terribly detailed emotional post.

I started blogging when Jonathan and I had been married only two months.  So, it's been over 4 years since I started.  (I have since printed my first year of blogs and deleted them)  I don't think I have ever explained my blog name though.

When, I sat down and tried to come up with a name for this blog nothing came to mind at first.  Then I thought back to a totally random quote someone said to me once and it just stuck.

Senior year of high school - We both got the "Citizenship award" for good character voted on by our teachers.  Only one boy and one girl got it from each grade.  Yeah, we were "that" couple.
When I was a freshman in college Jonathan broke up with me.  We had been dating for four years and were now in different cities four hours from each other.  It was REALLY rough on me to say the least and I've been known to say you couldn't pay me a million dollars to relive my freshman year of college.  Anyway, so we broke up September 24th (over the phone) and the next time I saw Jonathan was over Christmas, it had been a good three months since we had seen each other although we emailed and spoke on the phone nearly every friends.

I got Jonathan a little something for Christmas and wrote him a letter I wanted to give him in person.  We decided to meet at the library parking lot and exchange gifts and that would be that.  To make a long story short I had a bit of an emotional break down and successfully ruined both of our Christmas breaks. 

I planned to meet my friends Cecilly and Shauney at Cecilly's house after my talk with Jonathan to let off some steam.  (They ended up having to wait a long time and I think they even stalked us at the library to figure out what was going on.)  I finally got to their house and was just so upset.  I sat down in a chair in the middle of their living room, picked up my keys, and threw them across the room as hard as I could.  If you know me then you know when I get angry I throw things.  Which, I was at someone else's house but I guess at the time I just didn't care.  My favorite Baylor key chain broke off and Cecilly's mom picked it up and gave it back to me.  She said she knew I would want the key chain back (even though I was upset I was still the proudest Baylor student ever!) and she told me, "Emily, you live a charmed life".  

Now, I know she doesn't even remember that and she probably was just trying to say something to make me feel better but it just always stuck in the back of my mind and seemed to be a turning point for me.  Like, yeah my boyfriend broke up with me but everything else in my life is perfect so I may just need to move on.  And, I kind of did.  

One of the first weekends we were back together
We ended up getting back together over Spring Break and the rest I guess is history but when I started this blog and we were super newlyweds it kind of felt like coming full circle.  We dated for four years, were broken up for six long months, and then dated three and a half years before we got married.  During that time we went through a lot of family struggles so when we did we get married it was like, "FINALLY!"  It was a huge relief to be together and to be on our our charmed life together.

Our honeymoon!
So, just in case you have ever wondered, that's where it came from.


Tami said...

Awww! I loved reading this! It's so neat that everything turned out so perfectly and I love that your blog name represents that!

Cecilly said...

:) love it

Sarah said...

You too are so cute together. (In pics anyway, I don't know you. Haha) That's funny that the woman said that.

Callie Nicole said...

I enjoyed reading the story behind the name! Your story sounds alot like my parents love sttory - they dated in high school, broke up after graduation for six months, then got back together and got married! :-) I think it's sweet.

Melanie said...

What a great story! Actually when I first started following your blog..I wondered why you chose the name you did (I think everyone does that with blogs though!)..thanks for sharing how it came about! You guys look so happy to be together!

Megan C said...

Never heard that part of the story but I loved reading that. I am glad you posted this, such a great read! It is crazy to look at those pictures and see how much y'all have changed!

Mallorie said...

Love this! Not sure if I've ever told you this but before I was a blogger (back in college) I found your blog through some theta friends of mine on facebook! Ha! I remember reading your engagement story! Then years later when I started blogging I "re-found" your blog when you were pregnant with Georgia! Such a small world!

Megan said...

I've been reading your blog for a long time now, and now that I'm finally a blogger myself, I can officially follow! I love following your family, and I truly enjoy your writing and identify with a lot of what you share, even though I'm not yet a mom myself. I had always wondered what the meaning behind your blog title was, so I loved reading this story! Isn't it funny how sometimes minor things people say (even just in passing sometimes) can really stick with you and be so impactful?

ShaunB said...


cait said...

loved reading this!! I wondered where your name came from. What a great story. Isn't it so neat how God works through the smallest messages people in passing share with us?

and just when I thought we already had TONS in common....

shh don't tell...but I throw things when I'm mad too! ;) i've got Italian and Irish in me...I blame it on that! ha.


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