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Oct 4, 2010

College Girl Meets Southern Boy ~ part 1

Our first date was at a county fair. And so was our second. And our third.

All mine
He was a Southern boy who never met a stranger. I admired that. He was polite. He opened the doors for me. He told me I was beautiful. And he sent me dozens of yellow roses ~ my favorite.
I was a recent college graduate with big dreams and big hair living in a small town.

~1985 ~
Taken a couple of weeks before I met my Southern beau.
The photographer told me not to smile in this one!

My father was a preacher who had planted churches all over the country while serving God and people.
His father* was an Army man who had served his country and whose roots were planted in the middle of Georgia .

Our mothers were both raised in the South and each loved her husband and children. And both could put a meal on the table that would make your mouth water and your tongue say, "Thank you, Maam."

I moved from my college town in Tennessee to his central Georgia town the summer of my graduation. Although I had accepted a job at a local newspaper office in Tennessee, my dad convinced me to come home. "Home," at that time, was an even smaller town in south Georgia. It seemed my chances at a career and in finding a husband were getting as small as the small towns I was living in.

That summer my parents moved from the charming little town of Alma, Georgia, to the slightly larger town of Thomaston in central Georgia. At least I was getting closer to Atlanta ~ only one hour away! And I had plans for Atlanta and me.

But on a Sunday in September all my plans were about to change.

*I never met my husband's father. He passed away from leukemia when my husband was 16.

(I sent my husband an email this morning to tell him I had a surprise for him on my blog.So I got an email in reply with "WOW"  in the subject line and he wrote: "OK I was surprised by the post. I can not wait to see what happens next."
To which I replied, "Well…you KNOW what happens next." And now I'm wondering if I make something up, will he know it?)


  1. How I enjoy these kinds of posts. I love getting a glimpse into someone's past and hearing how they came about to be the way they are. Looking forward to part 2. HUGS, Debbie

    I remember "big hair" well, haha...Yours was soo pretty.

  2. You remind me of Audra in that photo.

  3. gorgeous! both the guy and the girl! :)

  4. Stopping in to say hey and boy, have I seen lots of big hair this week!


  5. I love how opposites attract! I love the photos of each of you. How pretty you were; like a southern belle. :)

    I love your hubby's comment in the email after reading your post. Greg rarely reads my posts unless I point them out to him. LOL.

    I'm staying tuned for the ...rest of the story.

    I agree with Deb; I love learning more about you friend.


  6. I loved this post sis, and I love you.

  7. What a beautiful couple! I love your story thus far and can't wait for part 2. I'll be back.

    Love & Prayers,

  8. Oh how I love a good love story. Embellish : ) ha. b