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Miles and Tommy made so much headway on Saturday that they decided they could safely take the day off on Sunday. Of course, Miles and I did just that. Tommy? Take a day off? Hardly. Miles and I went to Mr. Ed and Mrs. Rebecca Irwin's church, River of Life in Smyrna Sunday morning. Sunday afternoon, we took a walk down memory lane...
For lunch after the service at River of Life, we went to the Ruby Tuesday in Murfreesboro at which we'd said goodbye in 2010 when we were finally "official." At that time, when we were finished eating, I had to go back to GA, and Miles had to go back to TX, and we didn't know when we'd see each other again. It was a MUCH happier meal this time.
After lunch we headed to MTSU, where the 2010 Stamps-Baxter School of Music was held. This is the tree that we were standing under in July 2010 when I uttered the fateful words, "Well, I'm as ready as I'm gonna be" -- meaning that I was as ready as I was gonna be to be Miles' girlfriend. Not at all that I wasn't happy to be officially 'in a relationship' with Miles, but I'd settled in my mind a long time ago that I'd not date anybody unless I was planning on marrying on them. So in my mind, that "I'm as ready as I'm gonna be" was saying a LOT. I was pretty nervous, never having done the whole "in love," "dating," "belonging to someone else" thing.
After visiting MTSU, we headed to the other really special place in Murfreesboro for us - Stone's River National Battlefield. On the way there, we saw the place that we'd eaten on our first date - "Gyros." I didn't know it at the time, but it was the first time Miles had EVER shared a plate with anyone. Somewhat of a germaphobe, apparently. Me being from a family of 8 kids, the whole concept of "germs" is somewhat foreign to me, at least with people I'm close to. So I suggested sharing a plate, not thinking anything of it. And Miles says it didn't phase him even a little bit. :)
This is "our" bench at Stone's River Battlefield. In 2010, we must have sat in this very spot just talking and enjoying being together for 2-3 hours. We were, as Miles says, "plumb tickled" that we actually FOUND the same bench again! It's pretty well off the beaten path.
It was so nice to go back and revisit the place that... well, I won't say "the place we fell in love," 'cause I know I fell in love with Miles months before that, and he says he fell in love with me the first time he saw me. I'll call it the place that we pretty well committed to a serious, "this is gonna lead to marriage" relationship. We both agree that it is SO much nicer being married and doing things together than it was when we were dating in 2010. Peter says marriage is the 'grace of life' (1 Peter 3:7), and I heartily agree.