It was a warm summer day in the middle of June. My friend, Haley, and I were sitting in our high school cafeteria waiting on the Drivers Ed class to begin. I looked up from my notebook (or maybe I was talking to Haley at the time? Gosh it’s been so long I barely remember every detail but what I do remember is that that was the moment. The moment I saw him for the first time. He was walking across the lunch room towards the Drivers Ed teacher to ask him a question before class began. I turn to Haley and said “Look at that guy! He’s cute!” Excited, she whispers, “Oh, that’s Vincent Nord! I know him! I’ll introduce you.” A few moments later, she introduces me to the cutie I saw from across the lunchroom. He looked at me with his big brown eyes and I melted. My heart was racing and I was probably starting to sweat to be completely honest with you! haha In that moment he gave me a sense of comfort and made me feel beautiful. “How is that even possible”, I thought? “I hardly know this guy!” But there was something about him that I just couldn’t shake. Not only was he good-looking but he was smart and hilarious! Every day I would look for him (and later on I found out he was looking for me too). I made a point to say hello and even offer him a slice of pizza at lunch time. I took every opportunity I could to talk to him.
As Drivers Ed came to an end, I tried to give every hint I could to tell him I was interested in him. I was so upset when he didn’t ask for my phone number. I didn’t even say goodbye that day. We parted ways and continued on with our high school summer plans. About 2 months later, I find Keith, his little brother who I went to school with, on Myspace. I messaged Keith and asked how he and his brother were doing. Keith apparently told Vince that I was asking about him, so Vince got a myspace and asked for my AIM screen name so we could chat more. After some chatting on AIM, he asked for my number and if we could go to the movies together. At the time, I was grounded (I have no idea what for anymore) so mom told me I couldn’t go anywhere. However, he could come to the house and she would get the movies for us. A little embarrassed, I went ahead and told him the situation and asked if that was okay. Surprisingly, he said, “Yes!”
Today was the day. The day of our first date! My mom and sister, Lauren, ran to Blockbuster to get a few movies for us all to watch. The dogs begin to bark and run up to the car coming up the driveway. It’s a white Nissan 300zx. Oh gosh, it’s him!! I look out the window of the house to see my dad meeting him out in the driveway. He shakes his hand and they go towards the shop out back behind the house. The guys come in the house with a large tv in hand. He has him doing manual labor, guys. On the first date. haha! I could have died. It’s funny, because I look back now and think, “That’s not such a big deal. Look at him helping my dad! So sweet!” Mom and Lauren get back with the movies and Vince and I sit on the couch together holding hands… my heart was bursting with happiness. This moment was the first of many to come. After our hilarious first date, he kissed me under the stars that night before he left. I was completely swept away and honestly, I can still remember how I felt at that moment. And to think that this amazing guy is now my husband!? SO COOL.
This was one of our next few dates. We ordered take out from Outback and were waiting for them to bring us the food to our car 🙂 We look so little! This was 2005!
Fast forward to 2008 on the day he proposed! He surprised me with a trip to Destin, FL. We had finally arrived after a 9 hour drive from Tennessee. We ate pizza at Mellow Mushroom because we were starved and it was super late. Once we arrived back to the condo, he asked if I wanted to go for a midnight walk on the beach. That was like “our thing” so I was super excited to go on a walk with him. The moon shone so bright, there was no one else out there but us, and I swear it was God smiling down on us because the moon reflected on the water unlike I’ve ever seen it before. We began talking and he took my hand in his, asking me to be his wife. I broke down in tears as he spun me around in his arms. I will never forget that night! Even though we do not have any photos of that night, we do have some photos of our trip and the photo below is a photo of about where he proposed to me on the beach.
We were married in May of 2009 only 9 months later and the rest is as we say… history 🙂