{The Ordinary Moments 2017} 1. 10 Years Ago I Met You

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10 years ago. New Years Eve, 2006. I was 24, and had been living in Manchester for two years. Like many young, single women, I wondered if I would meet ‘The One.’

That night, 31st December 2006, I did meet The One.

It was a strange night, as New Years Eves often are. A friend was having a party, but beforehand, we went to see another friend’s band in a pub in Stockport. I’ll be honest, it wasn’t the nicest pub, but there you go.

And there he was. Tall, confident, handsome… We chatted a lot that night. I was surprised that he wanted to talk to me, but I wasn’t complaining. He took my phone number.

I remember going home that night excited. I had finally met a single, good-looking, interesting Christian man. That kind of thing didn’t happen often.

And then it took him 6 months to ask me out. His excuse? He had exams to pass.

But he eventually did ask me out. And the rest, as they say, is history.

That’s the thing. It’s 10 years ago. I can remember that night as if it were a few weeks ago. I can’t quite get over how much has happened in those 10 years, including our two lovely sons, but also, how fast those years have passed.

Then I look 10 years into the future. Ben will be 14 and Samuel will be 11. They will be teenagers. I know how fast the last 10 years have gone; I know the next 10 years will go even faster.

So we stayed in, like most parents do, on New Years Eve. We had a lovely meal and drank a few glasses of wine. We talked about the future. We talked, of course, about that night we met.

Marriage is hard when you have small children. The children take so much of your energy and attention, and you have very little time for each other. It is so important to make time, and to give each other attention, to share things together.

But I know I want to spend the rest of my life with Tim. So I’ll keep working at it. I think he will too. And I’m really glad that 10 years ago, I went to a random gig in a pub on New Years Eve.

I’m linking up to The Ordinary Moments with Katie and Donna. I’m really hoping to do this much more this year as I love to have these memories to look back on.

By Naomi


  1. Reply

    What a lovely post! Love hearing about how couples met!

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    Aww love how you met and happy anniversary to you both. Lovely photo too!

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    Oh my goodness for some reason this made me super emotional – I love reading how couples met. Happy 10 year anniversary #TheOrdinaryMoments

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    Such a lovely post and happy 10 years! time really does fly and you had me thinking of 10 years time with my two, I really can’t imagine those teenage years but I know they will be here in a flash x

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    Oh this was lovely! You looks so happy – your hair is beautiful in that first photo! I bet you are so glad you went out that NYE! Happy 10 years x

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    Aw I love this Naomi. I am a massive sucker for a love story, I love the idea of fate and what would have happened if you hadn’t have gone into the pub that night, where you would be now. I often think that of myself, what would have happened if I hadn’t applied for a job in the bar I met my husband. I am sure I would be happy but my three babies wouldn’t be mine- it doesn’t bear thinking about really! Fate and the way life works is such a funny one. x

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    I just sent you a long comment and I don’t know if it worked! I was basically saying I loved this post as I am a sucker for a love story and also for how fate seems to intertwine and intervene. Like what would have happened if you hadn’t gone to the pub that night- I am sure you would be happy but life would be so different. I think that about myself often too! xx

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