The Story of Us

February 13, 2002 was the first day I met Ben Wilson.  How romantic to meet the day before Valentine’s Day, huh?   I thought so too!  It was during our last semester of high school that Ben and I met and eventually started dating, so in a way I suppose we were high school sweethearts even though we went to different schools.  Ben’s prom was our first date and we’ve pretty much been inseperable ever since.  Seriously, just ask our parents.  In the fall we left our homes in Colorado for separate colleges in Oklahoma, but we continued to date for the next two and half years. 

I eventually transferred to the University of Oklahoma where Ben was attending, as I was a member of the same church and had become very involved with him in campus ministry.  It was during our time in college that we fell in love.  We have so many precious memories of those years and love to reflect back on them.  It was during spring break our sophmore year that Ben proposed to me on the beaches of Waikiki during a vacation with his family.  I was shocked and ecstatic all at the same time!  We returned home and spent the next year and four months planning for marriage and of course, our wedding.  It was such a special time for the two of us.  On July 30, 2005 we were married before all our friends and family.  It was the most amazing day of our lives! 

We still had another year of college left after we were married, so our first year of marriage was especially memorable and unique.  We went to class, went to church, learned to cook together, studied, and attended OU football and basketball games every chance we got.  We learned more about each other and marriage every day.  Needless to say our first year was wonderful! 

Soon after we graduated from OU in the spring of 2006, we left for California where Ben was to attend Talbot School of Theology at Biola University.  During our four years there Ben worked on two masters degrees, a Master of Divinity and a Master of Theology.  I worked as a Human Resources Generalist for a large dental corporation.  We enjoyed our time in California and we especially enjoyed the weather!  With such mild weather, Ben and I got in the habit of taking long walks together.  We both look back fondly over our walks together and all the conversations we had during those hundreds of hours of walking. 

At the end of July we celebrated our five year anniversary, which just seems crazy.  In some ways we feel as though we have known each other forever, and then it also feels like we just got married.  We have been so blessed by the gift of marriage and are truly thankful to God for the ways that He has grown us and shown us so much love through each other.  


5 responses to “The Story of Us

  • susan walters

    I loved your story of your lives together! You are an amazing couple! May god continue to bless your marriage. Love, Aunt Susan

  • Teri Gundlach

    Hi Ben and Rachael
    It was fun to hear your story again of how you met and see the darling picture of you two at your 5th anniversary. I’d love to get reminders on e-mail of your blog entries or I won’t remember. Would love to catch up with you! Sounds like it is going well
    Love Teri

    • rnbwilson

      Hey Teri!!! It is so good to hear from you. I will put you on the email list for the blog…I just have to figure out how to do it! I love you lots and miss you! Oh, make sure to keep me updated on whether you go to India or not, ok?

  • Kira Henderson

    Hi Rachel, it’s been a long time. The story of you and Ben is amazing! I love love stories that actually do come true! You look and seem so very happy! Best wishes to many more 5 year anniversaries!

    Could you please email me for your blog too? I would love to continue to learn from The Wilson family love story!

    Talk to you soon, take care

    • rnbwilson

      Hi Kira!! It is so great to hear from you!! How are you? I am doing really well and just our time here in England. It has been such a blessing to get to be here. I am glad you liked our story…I like it too! God has blessed me so much with Ben. He is such an amazing man. I will try and set you up for email…let me know if it doesn’t work! Tell me how things are going for you and what you are up to! 🙂

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