Zac & I first met in high school, but thats not really how the story begins. I would have to say that the beginning is in May of 2005. I was in between my sophomore and junior years of college at CNU, but home for summer vacation. I wish I could go back to that time and tell myself “this summer will change your life FOREVER,” but I think on some level I already knew that. Looking back that summer was one of the best of my life, and definitely one of my treasured things—this is the summer I embarked on a journey with the man I was destined to marry. It really began at a concert in Virginia Beach, for me at least. I think Zac was pretty oblivious at that time, but I was so inspired by him. He was about to be a sophomore in college and was running his own company. He was (and is) wise beyond his years and has more ‘life experience’ than many of the 50 year old men I know. The next year and a half was like a whirlwind. I spent every second I could with him, and was quite obviously more into him than he was to me—which is why my world was rocked, no shattered, when he called things off the following summer. I will preface this by saying that this time was necessary. It was integral to the way our relationship has been able to evolve and grow. We were apart for around 8 months, a time in which I was able to “live it up” for my senior year of college (thats what we will call that). But when he approached me about starting things back up again, being the stubborn girl I am, told him no! I thought to myself that there was NO WAY I would let that kind of pain happen to me again (I had just spent the last eight months mourning my lost relationship and I was not ready to do that again). But Zac is persistent..it is one of the things I adore the most about him. He knows what he wants, and is not scared to go after it. He is also patient and strong. He fought for me, but also waited until I was ready. This is when I knew that things would be different this time around, and they are. We have grown so much since then, and have an adult relationship based on a mutual trust and understanding of reciprocity, two things that were missing the first time around. I did not trust that I could keep someone so amazing, and I felt that I gave and gave and gave with much less giving in return. Fast forward to 2010—I am amazed daily by what he gives. Support, understanding, honesty, humor, and above all love. I hope that I deliver each of these things to him in return each day as he does to me. What we have is a special kind of love. a FOREVER kind of love.
Zac & I were married in 2010, and welcomed our first child, Jackson, into our lives on April 17, 2011. I count my lucky stars each day and smile knowing just how blessed I am to have these boys in my life!
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