On Year Ago...


It's funny the way time changes things.

How things can change drastically in a matter of a short period of time.

We expect our lives to evolve and change over a matter of years and decades.

But breaking it down into singular years or even into months and you wonder how much can change in such a short period of time.

And yet all it takes is a moment.

With all the change that's come into my life over the past few months, it's made me pause to reflect.

I'm one of those people--good or bad--I like to go back to the starting point. I like to pinpoint the moment where things changed. A decision or an action, whether voluntary or involuntary, that changed the path my life has taken.

And I can go back to that exact point with my relationship with Jason.

The moment, a year ago this month, that changed it all.

Or rather a series of moments.

A moment that started with someone else's lie.

An individual who wasn't even involved in our relationship--or our lives--said something about one of us that would have changed everything, were it true.

And I prepared myself and steeled myself and guarded my heart and then I talked to him about it.

And it was a moment that changed everything between us.

Because there was an openness and communication and a willingness to trust that I didn't even realize I could possess.

And then there was another moment.

On May 17th at 6:41 p.m. when he texted (in response to something I said), "and marry me, move to Hot Springs, find a new house, find a good school for Ty and live happily ever after."

And I thought he was kidding or just talking about the "someday" that we spoke often of and looked forward to.

And I told him he'd have to find me a job and a house and a daycare for Ty.

And a month and a half later all three were taken care of.

Funny how time changes things.

Funny how little moments....a lie someone thought they'd never get caught in or a text message sent as a half-joke...can change the course of our lives in such a beautiful way and put me where I am now.

Less than a month away from marrying My Prince and beginning our Happily Ever After together.

Ashley Wife & Mom

Ashley is a thirty-something wife and mother of two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading and decorating their home. Her blogging adventures began in 2006 as a single mother and have carried on through marriage and a new life with a husband, a ten-year-old, and an infant.