Love at First Sight.... "I'm gonna marry that girl....." and they do.

Yesterday, someone I'm close to announced they were officially dating someone.

These two people have been friends for almost 2 years - but had never dated.  As a matter of fact, she had been dating someone else when they first met.  They just started talking and became friends through a lot of mutual interests and conversation.

The very first time they were hanging out together I happened to have snapchatted him to see what he was doing and he snapped back a selfie with her in the background.  I responded and he sent another quick picture - it was him, with her in the background looking down at her sunglasses in her hands, and he quickly typed out on the photo he sent me "I think this is the girl I'm gonna marry."

I laughed and responded and as soon as I closed out our snapchat conversation I stopped and caught myself;  I remember thinking "I should have screenshot that photo!"  I just had a feeling.  He snapped again saying he had no idea why he felt that way, as they were only friends and she was dating someone else... but he just knew.

They got along great, had a good time and for the next year, stayed good friends.  She was still on again, off again with a guy and he was talking to some other girls as well.

Almost two years later, that other guy was long gone, he had been single for quite a while as well, and as they met up and started to hang out, they realized there was a spark there. 

Apparently last night they made it official.  They are dating.

And of course I remembered the picture he sent me almost two years ago when they first met and he said, "I think this is the girl I'm gonna marry."


As I was thinking about this, it was kind of funny that another guy I know was telling not even two weeks ago that when he first saw a girl at a party, he knew he was going to marry her.  And he hadn't even met her yet.  They are now married 4 1/2 years and just had their third baby.

One of my sister-in-laws first saw my brother when he walked into McDonalds as a Junior in high school and applied for a job.  She was working behind the counter with her sister and turned to her and said, "I'm gonna marry that guy!"  And they did.  They've been married over 20 years now and have 3 kids.

Another sister-in-law went to the mall with a couple girlfriends in college.  She saw a guy working and said the same thing;  "Oh my gosh.  I'm gonna marry that guy!"  Her friend said, "You can't.  I know who he is.  He's married."  She said she didn't know how... but she knew she was going to be marrying him. They never met, but he was relocated with his job to the other side of the state.  He and his wife, who had married impulsively and too young, divorced.  Within the year he moved back to his previous city.  He met a girl. He really liked her. They dated. They married.  You guessed - it was her.  And yes, she remembered seeing him that day at the mall with her friends.  A couple years later they married.  They've been married about 15 years now and have 3 children.

These are just a handful of people I know or are related to that 'knew' when they saw someone for the first time that that was the person they were going to marry.  Even when they didn't know them yet; hadn't met them yet and in a couple cases, didn't run into that person again for a year or two later.

One of my daughter's is engaged.  Her fiance saw her getting out of her truck at a car wash one day and knew he was going to marry her.  He hadn't met her yet but he told his parents and a couple friends that he saw the girl he was going to marry.  And five years later... They are to be married this Spring.

Makes you wonder if there isn't something bigger in the works.
If our souls know who the right person for us is... even if we don't consciously know it ourselves.

As for me and my husband?
He and I grew up in small towns about 30 minutes from each other.
He saw me at the swimming pool once when he was 8 years old.  The little boy that he came to the pool with that day knew my name; he had gone to my school for 1 year before moving down the street and just across the boundary line where he now went to school with my husband-to-be.

He knew when he was 8 years old that he was going to marry me.

Even though we didn't end up meeting each other until 7 years later when he was 16 and I was 15.
Sure enough, we married, had a family and are still married to this day... many, many years later.

It's just the coffee talking again.....


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