For years I have known Sarah. As in 14 years to be exact. Her momma took a chance on this young girl and hired me at a local credit union fresh from a horrendous retail job. I was looking for something stable, something with set hours, set co-workers, and I was feeling the pressure to find something fast. At a pay rate to the tune of $7.50 an hour I started my career as a teller where I could get benefits such as insurance, paid time off, and the fact that I didn’t have to work holidays or on Sundays. Those are pretty big to a girl who was working all of the time filling in the worst time shift because no one else would.
Not only that, I learned about investing, lending, balancing, and being smart about money. I make dumb mistakes (we all do!), but I’m so much better off having had this path in life. I grew hungry and wanted to learn more and grow more and be more. All in all I grew up there. It never would have happened without her sweet momma seeing a spark in me.
Want to know something else? Something extremely crucial to this story?? If her momma hadn’t of taken this gamble on a young girl who had no direction other than to work – I’m going to have to stop as I tear up… Let me try this again… If her momma hadn’t of taken a GAMBLE on this young girl with no direction or vision for her life other than to work, I would have NEVER EVER NEVER met my husband. Ever. You see there are a chain of events that while they are happening you can’t see. I met Sean at that very office where I had a second interview for a position I desperately needed to get out of a horrible retail job. Sean and I made small talk at that office. We would throw passing flirts at that office. We laughed at that office. I remember walking to my new car that I had just bought (at the dismay of my parents – a dumb mistake!) as he yelled out the window of his big black truck asking me where I was heading while at the window of the drive-thru. It never would have happened without her sweet momma seeing a spark in me.
And one of the secrets I hold near and dear to my heart and the only person who I’ve ever told this to would be my sister – I knew long before Sean and I were serious that we were going to get married. I knew he was the one. We had dated for maybe 2 or 3 months and he broke up with me… a second time. A few months later he came back in after avoiding me and asked if he could call me. Broken on the inside but being the tough girl on the outside I shrugged and said, “Sure.” As he walked back outside to his truck a voice deep down inside said, “You’ll marry him one day.” Of course I also responded with a “that’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve EVER thought”. It never would have happened without her sweet momma seeing a spark in me.
To say that being asked to be this young lady’s wedding photographer is an honor is probably THE understatement of the year. I owe so much to her momma. So much.
Without further ado, Sarah and Josh’s engagement session.