April 18, 2014

meet Peyton.

Life on the blog front has been quiet here lately...and for good reasons too. I have been busy living life and enjoying the beautiful spring weather (wait...are you wondering where that is too?) Anyways, let's not get me started on the weather, that is another topic, for another day...and ain't nobody got time for that. I've got something a little more important to talk about today.  

I had the opportunity to meet up for lunch with an old friend that I met five years ago. To make a long story short, a customer came into my parents feed store May 9, 2009, to pick up some hanging baskets for his mom for Mother's Day (*cue* the awwwws and sighs). I know, so sweet! Well, this customer happened to be a very handsome man somewhere around my age. Mind you, my mother had called me out of bed early that morning to work at our feed store since it was shaping up to be a busy day.  So, I dragged myself out of my dorm room, threw on a ball cap, a yellow FFA t-shirt, pair of holey blue jeans, and headed out the door, no make-up and all. Hot mess party of one was on it's way to Pittsboro to stay in my mother's good graces. 

As soon as this man walked into the store, my mother was poking my side and whispering in my ear how handsome he was (to which I thought...yes mom, I KNOW, but I am not my finest looking self today) and encouraged me to help him out.  At some point in this conversation, this handsome man came up and asked me if I was in the FFA (he saw the emblem on my shirt).  I explained that I was a state FFA officer and we immediately connected in conversation.  We picked out a couple of hanging baskets over some conversation about FFA and his involvement in SkillsUSA (the organization for trade and industrial education). It was a great conversation, but all I could think was,  "Awesome...we connected over career and technical education, he paid for his flowers, and now will never be seen again."
Now this was the time in life when facebook was hot stuff.  We started stalking him on facebook at the store to only realize that he had sent me a friend request.  Ummm... say what?! Let's just say that this girl was one happy lady. To speed things up, here is the short version of what happened that summer. We went on a couple dates, went geocaching with his friend Bobby all over Chatham County, spent lots of time riding the golf cart around his family's property.  Needless to say, I was completely smitten and spent more time in the doctor's office that summer due to countless encounters with poison ivy.  At the end of the summer, he moved to France for 6 months to finish his master's degree program.  Whatever we had going was done.

Throughout the next five years we saw each other here and there at career and technical education events, in town, or spoke over an occasional text.  Nothing serious, both of us were in relationships with other people at some point during that time.  

Speed things back up to now. I was nervous to meet up with him and had no idea how things were going to go.  What would I wear? What would we talk about?  We hadn't spend a considerable amount of time together in five years...so who knows what could happen. Anyways, a simple lunch turned into a two hour catch-up on life.  Neither of us were finished talking (go figure), but we both were on lunch from work, so we promised to catch up again sometime soon.

Since that day, our friendship has done nothing but blossom and flourish into what we have today.  We have spent a considerable amount of time working on his log home, something that I have enjoyed so much. I have been a mason and carpenter, a designer and consultant. The four years I missed out on trade and industrial education have been made up in the past month helping him build his home.  
So folks, I'd like you to meet Peyton.

He is the man of my dreams and a good ol' Chatham County boy with a heart of gold. He loves the Lord as well as his family.  He is the state director for SkillsUSA North Carolina and a motivational speaker. We spend countless hours trying to solve the world's problems and discussing new entrepreneurial adventures.  We work hard during the day just so we can have fun exploring life together in the evenings and on the weekends. Even though our travel schedules can be a bit crazy, we both make time for each other because we want to.  Life is just easy with him.  It's natural and I am happiest I have ever been in my life.  I promise you will be hearing a lot more about him in the near future and I can only hope that you will get to meet him at some point in your life!