Wednesday, February 1

a love story: mandi johnson


I fear I'm turning into one of those cranky old ladies who turns up her nose at most crazy, carefree teenagers. For a split second, whenever I see some brace-faced giggly girl clinging on the cardigan of some skinny, pimply faced boy, I begin to roll my eyes. Until I stop. And think, how old are these kids? They must be about the same age I was when I first spotted Phil, with his bleached out hair and grinning tanned face appear over the stairs on the first morning of my 10th grade year of highschool. My friend and I immediately looked at each other. Fresh meat! We were both thinking it. But fortunately, she had her eyes on the other new boy. Phil was mine. Alll mine.


Of course, on that day over ten years ago, I had no idea we would be married and starting a family together in 2012. But here we are. A couple of young married folks who work hard every day to consider one another in love, to carve out time in our busy schedules for date nights, and to grow as individuals alongside each other. And it almost didn't turn out that way. I remember the advice my dad gave me when Phil and I considered going separate ways after high school. He said, finding your partner in life isn't about finding the best person for you. There will always be someone out there better than Phil in one way or another. You have to decide you are going to commit to him or not. That's what love it about. Pretty heavy stuff to tell an 18 year-old, right? But really, is anyone ever too young to understand love? That's what I try remember when I see puppy love walk into the coffee shop doors. They're just a couple of kids, but then again, so are we. And I hope we stay that way forever.

mandi blogs at here's looking at me kid.

8 comments:

  1. okay i'm going to start reading her blog!! her man is handsome. i love her writing. such a cool, sweet, post.
    i married my high school sweetheart, so i get it!

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  2. They are so adorable! :) Love is so beautiful! I'm still with my highschool sweetheart and hopefully one day we will also tie the knot!

    xoxo, Jjanga
    www.sayhelloandsmile.blogspot.com

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  3. so sweet & those pics are awesome.

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  4. Beautiful! I met my Aaron when we were only 15! Now when I look back at those pictures, I can't believe how young we were and in love. But it really was love and it still is, praise God!

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  5. So beautiful and true! I met my husband when I was 13 years old. He was 16 and played for the church praise band. It didn't take me long to develop a crush and by the time I got to high school we were both crushing hard. He was ever the gentleman and didn't pursue me as more than a friend until graduation and even waited before dating me until after I left for college so I could adjust without the stress of a new relationship. We dated for 3.5 years and tied the knot this past April. My life has never been more happy and wonderful :)

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  6. Eric and I met at 16 in high school and we're still hot and heavy. God is good; we've been through two kids(and are living to tell about it), alot of joy and some sorrow sprinkled here and there(did you know we just had a fire here 3 weeks ago? yeah, nice). Through it all, he's changed into an amazing Godly man who I love sharing life with.
    This summer we'll be taking our first short term missions type trip(without the girls). We've known since we got married 10 years ago that we shared the same calling and now its starting to take shape.
    Thanks for sharing Mandi with us today!

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  7. awe i love mandi! we went to high school together and i can attest her and phil were such cuties then! she's such a sweetie and an amazing blogger.

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  8. Beutiful story and beautiful people! I met my sweetheart when I was 16. We're still together for 4 years now and never been happier.

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