FRYday : Emily

I was fifteen years old when I met my husband. I walked by my best friend’s math class and she flagged me down to come in and sit by her. Little did I know I sat down in front of what would eventually become the father of my children, love of my life, best friend and the guy I would later consume over 6,000 Oreos dipped in milk with. I remember after FINALLY becoming his girlfriend a year later, a friend asked me “Are you going to marry Russ Frame?!” in that teasing elementary way, and I quickly said “Are you kidding, I would never!” The stars aligned and dis-aligned for us for the rest of our high school experience and even a couple years into college. Fast forward eleven years and we find ourselves sitting in tiny chairs at a tiny desk filling out a “Getting to Know You” form for our three year old son, just starting preschool. I ask this tiny person “What’s your dad’s name?” and he looks up at me with ice blue eyes like me, and perfect bow lips like his dad and says “Wussell Fwame” and all the sudden as if I swallowed a whole grapefruit, I choke up.


How overwhelmingly grateful am I that, even though at fifteen years old I didn’t know what my life had in store for me, some greater force did. A force that put us back together time and time again when we selfishly chose other paths. I never would have been so bold as to ask for such a wonderful life, but aren’t we lucky that those greater forces have a vision for us that we can’t always see? If I could tell my fifteen year old selfm, beaten down and slightly broken, what she had ahead of her, would she have believed me? For my Fryday this month, I want to pass this same peace onto you, even though you may not believe it just yet. You may not see the vision for the amazing and infinite blessings ahead of you, but they are coming. Hang on, and when you least expect it you’ll find yourself in the thick of it, happier than you ever thought you deserved.



  1. mara:
    on August 23, 2013 at 7:17 am said:

    i absolutely love this post. so sweet and so true. i, too, knew my husband in high school (although we were mere acquaintances then, we didn’t date until years later) and i never would’ve guessed. although he was quite good looking, i do remember 🙂

  2. Jill:
    on August 23, 2013 at 7:36 am said:

    I love this! My husband walked by me at 14 and I said to my bff “that’s the guy I’m going to marry.” 4 kids later and 14 years of marriage I’m still smitten by him.

  3. on August 23, 2013 at 8:36 am said:

    Healing from a divorce while trying to love another and this is all so humbly true. Jeremiah 29:11

  4. on August 23, 2013 at 8:42 am said:

    Loved this. Totally made me cry thinking of the opportunity to tell my young self how awesome life could turn out. Thank you Emily.

  5. on August 23, 2013 at 1:16 pm said:

    I worked in the same building as my love for an entire year and never saw him once. Travels to Saudi Arabia at the same time, stars align, boom! Man I will love for the rest of my life who worked feet from me for so long! Funny how life is.

  6. elizabeth:
    on August 23, 2013 at 2:14 pm said:

    such a sweet post. my husband and i started dating at 15 and had a similar on and off alignment. it makes me so happy to hear about happiness!

  7. on August 23, 2013 at 4:30 pm said:

    Holy smokes!! Stop making me cry! My husband and I also had the alignment/disalignment thing goin for us for about 4-5 years until we finally figured out what was right in front of our faces. I can totally relate! I wish 10,000x over I could go back to a 15-yr-old Shelley and give her a glimpse of what was in store….but isn’t that the beauty of the unknown? Someday, a 60-yr-old Shelley is going to be wishing she could tell the 27-yr-old one a thing or two today…and I have the chance to “listen” and live it out! What might it be?? Sorry for the epistle of a comment…..I love you guys. Keep it up.

  8. on August 23, 2013 at 10:32 pm said:

    What a lovely story! So sweet! I appreciate your words of encouragement. I just started blogging a few months ago and I am loving it so much. I look forward to what God has in store for me, knowing that His plans are far better than I could even dream.

    Happy weekend!

  9. on August 25, 2013 at 10:58 am said:

    okay, this is just the best! i met my husband at 15, too. :* time and fate and hindsight, it’s all such funny crazy stuff!!

  10. on August 26, 2013 at 9:33 pm said:

    This is so sweet! It’s amazing how things work out the way they’re supposed to… Just mind boggling! I met my husband when I was 15 also. We ended up together with the help of our oldest boy.. 😉 but it was just simply meant to be, pre destined. Thank goodness!

  11. on August 27, 2013 at 4:47 pm said:

    This is so beautiful. I thank my lucky stars every single day that I met and fell in love with my husband. Eight years and two kids later and it seems as though the time has just flown by.

  12. Charity:
    on September 13, 2013 at 1:16 pm said:

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