I’m linking up with my friend Erika to bring your my favorites from this week…and seeing as how today I have been married to Brian Palmer for 10 years he is my one and only favorite today.

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the meet cute:

On the first day of my freshman year at McKinney High School, I walked into a first period Biology class and took a seat next to Brian. I will be honest, I do not remember him from this class which he loves to give me a hard time about. I remember him from the second day of my freshman year at McKinney High School when I walked into a second period keyboarding class. He was all tucked-in Polo shirt, tall, glasses, freckles–characteristics he still has today, characteristics I adore. Little did we know we would be “crowned” fastest boy and girl typer in class on the last day of school that year. Nor did we know we would date three years later, break up and completely lose touch for four years, then reconnect, date for two years, get married and be celebrating a 10 year anniversary 20 years after that second day of school in keyboarding. I have known Brian Palmer since I was 14, the majority of my life.

the first date:

Over the next four years we really didn’t have classes or lunches together…or if we did, I don’t remember. He was busy on the golf team. I was busy cheerleading for practically every other sport. We had lunch together our senior year and sat at the same table. After a couple of months of flirting I got impatient and finally asked him out…well, I asked him when he was going to ask me out. The best that I can determine (with the help of my Mother-in-Law) Brian’s and my first date was on Saturday, November 19. He took me to San Miguel Grill…it’s still there people…and then we went to see James Bond The World is Not Enough.

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Prom 2000

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Prom 2000

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Prom 2000

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Morp 2000 (our Sadie Hawkins)

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Prom group 2000…the couple to the left of us (Juls and David) got married too!

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Christmas 1999

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Graduation 2000…Brian was way too cool to decorate his hat

We had lots of dates over the next 8 months before we went to college, Brian to Texas A&M and me to TCU. Some girlfriends and myself sent our boyfriends on a scavenger hunt to ask them to our Sadie Hawkins formal called MORP (prom spelled backwards). He left a white rose in my locker to ask me to Prom. Well, he employed Juls to leave it there because he was at a golf tournament. When I found it I ran downstairs to the payphone bank and called his cell phone to accept.

the reconnect:

Four years of college went by without us staying connected. The weekend that I graduated from TCU and moved back home, I went out to dinner with a high school friend who stayed in touch with Brian all those years. A few margaritas at Mi Cocina in Highland Park Village gave me the courage to call him. When he answered the first thing I said was Brian, do you know who this is? His answer: Absolutely. It’s Lauren Long. After all that time he still recognized my voice.

the engagement:

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We’re engaged!

We dated for the next two years, and over dinner at Via Real on February 11, 2006 Brian proposed.

the wedding:

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We were married nine months later at Christ Church Plano, which is still our church home today. Our reception at Craig Ranch Country Club followed.

the ever after:

The best part about being married to Brian Palmer is the gift of a covenant with someone who is truly good to the core. His soul is honest and ethical and fair. He means well and does well. The fruit of the spirit which describes him best is Goodness, although he possesses them all: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gratefullness, gentleness and self control.

If asked what advice I would give younger girls about choosing their mate, it would be to choose wisely.  Choose someone who is a better human than you and learn from them.

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Briana’s wedding in Houston December 2005 (I think)

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I have no idea when this was…but I think it was Christmas 2007???

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With my Mimi, Fall 2008

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Breckenridge 2008

New Year’s Eve 2007

5th Anniversary at Via Real…I was about a thousand months pregnant

Matt and Jen’s wedding January 2006

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Mexico 2007

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Mexico 2009

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Mexico 2009

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Mexico 2009

Venice 2008

Florence 2008

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Augusta 2009

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Christmas Eve 2007

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Christmas 2007

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1st year anniversary eating our cake topper

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Easter 2006 in San Antonio

2nd anniversary at Via Real

18th hole at Pebble Beach September 2013

I would like to say to my only male reader and biggest fan, Brian Palmer

Happy Anniversary sweetheart.

You make everyday worth everything.

Ti amo tantissimo.

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I love this picture because it describes us…him looking annoyed and me laughing at him.

-ciao for now-

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