21 Years Ago


September 17, 1994

On a warm September day, 21 years ago, I vowed to love my young husband, Joey, as long as I live. I was only 19, but when you know, you know.

I can’t remember the day we met because we were only babies. You see, our mothers met one day in middle school as they stood in line waiting for their names to be called, when they quickly realized they had the same name, Michele (with one “l”). They were friends for life. By the time I was in kindergarten, I had a huge crush on him. He and his family moved away when I was 9 years old but I continued to try and stay in touch by writing him letters. I later found out that my dorky and awkward demeanor put me way out of his league of coolness. I reluctantly moved on with my boy interests.


I have proof. Here’s a worksheet I did in school about my favorite friend, Joey.

When I was a senior in high school, my older sister got married and Joey came to the wedding as a family friend. That’s when it all really began. I had outgrown my awkward stage, I suppose. 🙂 We stayed out past midnight that night just talking and walking around the city of Arlington, VA. It was magical; we were smitten with each other, no doubt. Along with the butterflies, excitement, ease and connection that a couple like us had at the time, I think what really got us (and what we realized quite quickly) was that we found someone who really loved Jesus Christ the same. A year or so later, we eventually got to the point where we didn’t want to just date. We only wanted to date someone who we could really see ourselves marrying someday. When we both individually realized that yes, I really do want to marry this person, then we thought, “Why wait?!” Of course, we had to convince my father of that first. 🙂 Since our parents were such good friends, we quickly got their blessing!!

I spent the first year of college dating and engaged and the next 3 years married! I didn’t exactly have a typical college experience, but I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. We lived in a little apartment on campus, had many of the same classes and graduated together!

IMG_5754We’ve since filled up the rest of our lives with three babies, business adventures, plenty of struggle, sacrifice, patience and lots of love. God’s love for us and our love for Him connected us from the beginning, as we grew up together as super young newly weds, and even now as we hit our 40s. I am so very thankful for these last 21 years and I know, with God’s help, He will continue to be our foundation in the years ahead.




21 Years Ago was last modified: September 18th, 2015 by amy adele

16 Responses to 21 Years Ago

  1. denise September 18, 2015 at 12:58 pm #

    Happy Anniversary!

    • amy adele September 18, 2015 at 2:07 pm #

      Thanks Denise!

  2. Emily September 18, 2015 at 1:45 pm #

    Beautiful story! Congratulations!

    • amy adele September 18, 2015 at 2:08 pm #

      Thanks Emily!

  3. Mickie Wike September 18, 2015 at 2:08 pm #

    When I was the young mother of Joey, (and my other two sons)…even when they were just “little guys”, I always prayed for the wives the Lord had chosen for them. My hope was that these women would love God and love my sons. It is a fact that He heard my prayer for Joey, because you, Amy, have been God’s choice for him all these 21 years! You have loved each other through everything life has brought your way and your love has been strengthened because of it! You are an inspiration! I am thrilled to call you my “daughter”! Mickie (your other mother!) 🙂

    • amy adele September 18, 2015 at 2:12 pm #

      Thank you sweet Mickie! I love you so much!

  4. Karen September 18, 2015 at 2:20 pm #

    What a beautiful story! Congratulations to you both.

    • amy adele September 18, 2015 at 2:32 pm #

      Thanks Karen!

  5. susan September 18, 2015 at 2:28 pm #

    Congratulations joe and amy
    thank you for sharing your love story!

    • amy adele September 18, 2015 at 2:32 pm #

      Thanks Susan!

  6. Michele (with one 'l') September 18, 2015 at 7:36 pm #

    Happy Anniversary!

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful love story! It’s so sweet how your Mom’s (who share an awesome name and spelling!) played such a pivotal role. Wishing you much happiness for another 21+ years.


    • amy adele September 18, 2015 at 7:54 pm #

      Thanks Michele, with one “l”! That’s a special name to me! 🙂

  7. Roxanna September 21, 2015 at 5:32 am #

    Congratulations! Beautiful story. Things always work when God is part of it!

    • amy adele September 21, 2015 at 1:06 pm #

      Thanks Roxanna!

  8. Anita October 29, 2015 at 1:24 pm #


    I love this story! When you know, you know…thanks for sharing!

    • amy adele October 29, 2015 at 6:30 pm #

      Yes you do! Thanks Anita!

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