Who wouldn’t fall . .

for him.

I married my husband on Memorial Day weekend in 2005.

I met him at the Renaissance Faire in 2001.

He was awfully cute.  Had that whole Jesus look thing going for him – and as I have written, I was raised to be a good Catholic girl.  The epitome of what a man should be, as any good Catholic girl would know, would be Jesus – that long haired handsome man with a beard and a mustache – and there he was standing in a leather booth.

I was looking for Jeff.  I needed to order a knife sheath.  Jeff wasn’t there.

I told that beautiful man behind the counter what I was looking for.

He said “Oh, then you’re looking for me.  I’m Chip.” and he flashed his smile.

I thought “Oh no.  You’re trouble”.

I take pictures every year at the Renaissance Faire of my friends.  I showed them to Chip.  He asked if I would take some of him.  He didn’t have to ask twice.

I bought the Cavalier’s hat just for the photos.  Becky and Jen (the Reds) came with me to the Faire alot that year.  I was actually hoping he would fall for one of them and then I wouldn’t have to think about him anymore.

He didn’t.  He picked me.

On our first real date we went hiking.  He took me up a mountain – a test.

I was going to be damned if he was going to hear me breathe hard.  Passed.

We went with his dog Onyx – which was another plus for him in my book.  Not many 30 year olds have maintained a 10 year nurturing relationship with a dog – yet he had.  That mattered to me.  Onyx came with us on the hike.  Onyx liked me.  Passed that test too.

He actually checked out my hiking boots before we started to make sure they were actually used – not there for show.  Passed that test.

Not much later we went to the Maryland Renaissance Faire together to attend a friend’s wedding.

That is where one of my favorite pictures of us was taken.

This year marks 10 years together.  For our anniversary we brought the family unit out to dinner at Mexican Radio and commented about how much better behaved our children were in the restaurant than the other children there that night.

I think of how life has changed for him in the past 10 years.  He lost the freedom that comes with being a single man and his days are now centered around Little League, Cub Scouts, school bus schedules, building a barn, maintaining a house and garden, and trying to get his own business up and running again.  Now he gets tired.  No more late nights and lots more early mornings.  Instead of 1 dog he has 9 and is thinking about getting some chickens.

I love him even more.


About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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7 Responses to Who wouldn’t fall . .

  1. danielle says:

    oh, what a wonderful post about Chip. I think you just made me fall in love with him too! Happy Anniversary guys! I love how much you love each other, and how you ended up with your perfect match.

  2. Shelly R. says:

    Happy Anniversary (almost) to you too. Now you have to do your blog on Mike!! Next year I will do the wedding(s).

  3. Barbara Antonelli says:

    And how beautiful was that blog!!! and to top it off,I agree with every thing you said….But, you forgot to say …how much he loves his mother-in-law…I just love that ‘boy’! I want a copy of your favorite picture if the 2 of you,never had that one! Boy,I think it’s about time he wrote something about you on this blog,your birthday is coming up hint hint. Love you both,Mom

  4. Becky Eighmie says:

    Ahhh… the Maryland Ren Faire… good times!! I have always enjoyed seeing the two of you together. We were so lucky in finding our “Young Men”! 🙂

    • Shelly R. says:

      I think to celebrate we need a trip to the Maryland Faire again – with both our young men – and sit on the deck of a pub with steamed clams and oyster shots!! Woo Hoo!!

      • Becky Eighmie says:

        Now you are just teasing me besides making me hungry. That just may be a doable thing. We will have to check into dates and funds required. So much fun to be had down in Glen Burnie, MD!

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