This is a love story of boy meets girl. This is his story.
The year was 1969.
It was the 8th grade year.
Boy was at a basketball tournament with friends.
He sees girl for the first time as she walks up the stairway to exit the game.
He asks his friends who the girl is. They reply. “Diane Pearson.”
He responds, “That’s the girl I’m going to marry.”
[Friends] “You’re crazy.”
[Boy] “Nope, I’m serious.”
[Scene change. A few years later.] Boy meets same girl at a birthday party.
And the rest, the boy says, “is history.”
Don’t you just love a good love story? I do too so let’s continue, shall we? Luckily, Diane is a woman of a few more words than her hubs, now married 35 years strong. She fills in the pieces: “Jim was a Catholic school boy and I went to public school but really had no interest in a boyfriend at that age” (they were both around 13 at the time). Yes, go on, we’re waiting. “The Catholic school kids always had days off (some kinda St. Day) and the boys would always come over to our Jr. High and hang out with us girls so we hung out as a big group. It was around February of 1972 when we were high school juniors that Jim and I started talking much more often — alone. On March 15, 1972 as we were walking down the street — me up on the curb and him beside me on the street — he asked me to ‘go with him.’ It’s still funny looking back on it. ‘Go with you?’ ‘Where?’ (He calls her Blondie to this day.) From that point on we were a couple and we married June 1975, two years after graduating high school. He was the only boy I ever dated and with exception to another girl for just a few months, I was the only girl he dated.”
Both Jim and Diane gave me similar answers to what makes a successful marriage which would also pertain to those thinking of marriage, or the newly married … “lots of patience, be friends before you are lovers, communicate, and always be a friend to your spouse.” The first thing that Diane admired about Jim was his honesty. She says she could always trust him with anything and he always made her feel safe. When asked “What top two qualities does Jim have?” she said simply “His love for the Lord and his love for his wife.” Oh my, does it get any better than that? Apparently so because Jim adds “I love Diane’s giving nature. I love her smile and her honesty. She gives so much to so many and never asks for anything in return. She is an awesome wife, mother, and friend. I love her zest for life, her let’s do it attitude.”
Diane says this was the first time they’ve ever had portraits taken of just the two of them. Wow, I’m honored! In honor of the event, God blessed our time together with a beautiful light snow flurry, which I found fitting for these two outdoorsy folks who like to snuggle. (I asked Jim if we could bring along the quilt Diane made for him [pictured above].) They are quiet people who love the simpler life and they pick up and go on adventures at the drop of a hat. While they are avid Hells Canyon campers (like 70 days a year), we are fortunate to have them tag along on some of our camp trips, and we tag along on some of theirs. Like so many of our friends, they love the outdoors and all it offers. Diane tries to do the ‘wifey’ thing and Jim tickles her toes every night. (Us girls eat this stuff up, don’t we?!) They love deer hunting together, going to remote places on their ATV’s, fishing, picking berries, seeing God’s country, and just being together.
One subject I’ve not touched upon in any of my posts is regarding a question I asked each couple about how often they tell one another “I love you.” Let’s just say Mike and I have been humbled at the response and are learning from the best! We run with a great crowd, don’t we!
They’ve been coming to FBC for about 7 years now — in part due to their faithful neighbors, Jim and Kathy, who kept asking them (in love) to visit. They finally did, and have come ever since. Everyone I’ve posted about so far attend Church and Wednesday night Bible Study together and it’s that common bond of Christ that makes our friendships strong.
We love you guys and thanks for all your talent and generosity in cutting up Mike and Matt’s elk, Jim! What a generous spirit you both have.