Cameron and I met in May of 2013 at a church group but really didn’t start talking and hanging out until August 2013. When I first met him, I wasn’t attracted to him or anything and I honestly thought he was a completely different person than who he actually is. Looking back now, I know my heart wasn’t ready for him earlier on, but by August it was!
I had gone to a worship night with a friend of mine one weekend in August and afterward decided to meet up with some people from a different church group to go camping. Cameron remembers being excited that I was coming but honestly he doesn’t know why. At that worship night, I surrendered my “love life” to God and told Him that I would follow His lead when it comes to dating. Cameron had actually done something similar earlier in the month. Looking back, we see how God orchestrated all of this. While camping, Cameron and I talked for a majority of the time. It was a good conversation about so many different things.
For about a month after that camping trip we hung out almost every weekend (in a group setting) until finally, he decided to ask my parents for permission to date me. I was 21 and entering my junior year of college and he was 20, so for him to do that was super sweet but also unexpected.
Our dating relationship had some rough patches. A girl from our small group was actually murdered, I dealt with major jealousy cause he was close with a girl he used to like, and we actually had a huge falling out with our church group a couple months before we got engaged.
We got engaged by a creek in our town. I thought we were just going to be reading by the creek on a hot summer day, but he had other plans. He actually put my engagement ring in a Bible he got with our couple name on it – “Hameron”. He even set up a camera from far away so I could watch it cause he knew that was important to me.
We were engaged for a year and our engagement season was tough. I was finishing up my senior year of college having no clue what I wanted to do when I graduated but needed to do something because Cameron was still in school. I hated wedding planning because it seemed to consume life. I just wanted to get married and move on!
We have now been married for a little over 2 years and we both see things so differently, now that we are married. Love truly is a choice and it’s something you have to choose not just on a daily basis, but even at a moment’s notice. It takes strength and courage to be able to stand by someone’s side through it all especially seeing them at their worst.
Cameron’s the only one who sees all of me and the fact that he chooses to stay with me and love me even when I don’t deserve it speaks volumes to me. Marriage is hard work, but it’s totally worth it. I believe it’s one of the only relationships we have where we truly get to experience unconditional love – love that is not earned but is freely given.