Sixteen Years Ago – I Met The Woman Who Has Blessed My Life!

by Cliff Ravenscraft on April 11, 2011

in Blog

As my wife was walking out the door today, something had occurred to me. Today is April 11th. It was on this date, sixteen years ago, that I was first officially introduced to Stephanie as the result of her calling me to ask me if I would go to a school prom with her.

If you want to hear how I shared the story of how we met four years ago, you should listen to the podcast that was then called My Crazy Life episode 092 starting exactly. I recommend that you start at 13minutes and 30 seconds into the episode where this topic begins. I'll paste an audio player below to allow you to listen to that episode from four years ago.

My Crazy Life Episode 092 – Start at 13:30
[audio:http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TS-10453.mp3]

Now after that episode was released, Stephanie wanted to share “Her Side of The Story” about how we met. So we fired up the podcasting gear the very next day and recorded episode 093. I'll paste a player for that episode here as well.

My Crazy Life Episode 093 – Stephanie's Side of The Story!
[audio:http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TS-10454.mp3]

The morning after I talked with Stephanie for the very first time, I decided to start a new journal. I'm not going to share all the super cheesy stuff. However, I am going to share some bits and pieces from my journal sixteen years ago.

7:34am Well, today I ma going to begin a new journal. I have not written in what seems like forever now. I have wanted to start back for some time now, but never had a true reason to begin again. What what is the reason now? Well, I guess you could say it is Stephanie Renee Snow…

…Well, I had totally made up my mind. Under any circumstances, the answer was NO! I was not going to take Stephanie to the prom. Well that was the plan until last night when I was on my way out to meet Kirt to play some pool. As I was walking out the door, the phone rang and it was Stephanie.

Our conversation was short but basically she just told me who she was and asked if I would go to the prom with her. And well… I told her some of the issues that I had thought about and that I really didn't have to time to go into it at the time since I was late getting out the door, as it was, to go meet Kirt. I asked her to call me later and we would talk about it and I would give her a definite answer.

Well, as I left the house, my first though was anger. I was mad that Mandy and Kirt did not listen to me and still had Stephanie call me. But the more I thought about it, I was kind of impressed that Stephanie would have the courage to call me and ask. I think that is what changed my mind.

… I called Stephanie. We talked from 11:15pm to 12:30am. It was amazing. She felt the same way as I did about her dad knowing and the best part is that we have almost everything in common. I actually like her a lot. So who knows? We are going out this Friday night. And next Wednesday, we are going to go get my tux. And we have already made a lot of plans to go out in the future.

I feel there is no doubt that we are going to like each other. There was just too much that seemed to be pulling us together and after we got off the phone late last night. I KNEW that things are looking good!

Since then, I have been thinking about her constantly!

Well there you have it. My first “This Day In History” blog post! It's fun to look back and see that the thing that caused me to fall in love with her at first is still one of her greatest strengths today.

It's that courage and boldness to take action on the things she wants that has brought so many wonderful things into our lives. It was this quality in her that convinced me to be bold and courageous enough to quit my career in insurance and the pursue podcasting full-time. I have an AMAZING, COURAGEOUS, BOLD, and BEAUTIFUL WOMAN as my wife!

I thank God every day for bringing Stephanie into my life sixteen years ago!

One Last Thing From That Journal Post…
Here's one more thing that I thought would be fun to post from that journal regarding our first phone conversation….

We have a lot in common. She is going to be a teacher as well. She wants to teach math though.

You see, when I met Stephanie, I was a History major in college and at the time, I thought that I was going to eventually become a History teacher. However, I had only chosen that major and path because nothing else seemed appealing to me at the time. I simply knew that I wanted to “teach” people. Today, I am very much a “teacher.” I am actually a very well paid teacher/consultant/coach.

However, what stands out to me most about this portion of my old journal is Stephanie's early desire and dream of becoming a “teacher.” One could argue that Stephanie's been teaching our children since Meagan was born. I would agree with that statement. However, when it comes to role of providing children with an “education” in the position of a “teacher,” it's so amazing that sixteen years later, she will officially begin that role as we begin our family's homeschooling journey this August with Matthew.

I don't know where this journey will lead us. But one thing I've learned over the last sixteen years is that God has amazing plans for our lives and that we simply must trust in Him and enjoy the journey one day at a time.

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