Our Story: Christian + Amanda
I hope you had a lovely weekend! We certainly had a fun, but really exhausting weekend as we traveled to Baltimore for #OsFanFest. We're just happy to be home with our pups and get back into the routine. At least for the next two weeks or so that is left of normalcy, before Spring Training begins. But anyways, I've had a ton of people request to see more of our wedding photos so I figured it'd be fun to share a little bit more about us and how we met too! Which I thought would also be appropriate since Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Here we go!
THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS
So to get on track, let's rewind about 11 years, all the way back to 2006. That seems like forever ago! I had just transferred to private school (thankfully) and that's where I bumped into my now husband. I've always been somewhat of a nerd and enjoyed learning a little bit more than most people. Back then, Christian was the opposite. He lived for sports, but specifically baseball. He was at our high school for baseball, as it turns out. So it all started when this guy started asking for pencils. I mean, he seriously never had a writing utensil on him! So there I was just about every class (because ironically, we had almost every single class together) giving him a pencil. Sometimes, he'd return them but sometimes he wouldn't. He'd come to basketball games (where I was cheering) and we'd hang out during the half and it wasn't long after that he finally asked me to be his girlfriend. I was laying in my mom's room watching the Eagles on a Sunday. Of course, just talking to him as we both watched the game. And it was that day that I knew this man was going to be in my life forever.
Any spare moments were spent together. Our poor moms spent lots of time driving us back and forth to each others house (while we didn't have our licenses). I went to weekends away at baseball tournaments, high school games (when I wasn't at cheerleading, lacrosse, or the barn horseback riding) and he supported me at my cheerleading competitions. Which let's just say is dedication! Cheerleading competitions are overwhelming. As young, immature, and insecure teenagers we sometimes fought. We even broke up in high school, but clearly we worked it out and got back together. But it's those obstacles that I think truly helped us grow into the strong and trusting couple that we are today.
THE COLLEGE YEARS
Let me just start by saying that college was T-O-U-G-H. Christian committed to the University of South Carolina a few states south, while I decided a school close to home was right for me. Boy, was I wrong. To this day, I still wish I would've transferred there because I made some of the best friends of my life during those years while he went to school there. But I chose not to transfer for the simple reason that I didn't want to be that girl that followed her boyfriend around. So instead, I ventured down any and every chance I could when I wasn't cheering at football or basketball games. And thankfully, baseball season is not during their seasons so it worked out. But let's get back to why it was tough. Well, duh! Distance. Long distance relationships are crazy. Christian was in a position where a majority of students knew who he was (USC was really good! Hello B2B College World Series Champs!) and girls that constantly fought for his attention. I'm not going to ever say it was easy because these were the years that truly built our trust and relationship as a whole. But I think distance is great for every relationship. It helps you appreciate the time that you do have with each other, instead of taking it for granted.
THE POST-COLLEGE/PRO-BASEBALL LIFE
In terms of relationship, these years were and remain to be the easiest and most enjoyable. We still spent the first few years of Christian's professional baseball years apart but with those years some pretty amazing things happened. Christian made his Major League debut which was one of the most emotional and gratifying days of my life. I seriously wept as I watched him achieve a dream that I know he had worked so hard to achieve throughout his entire life. And we learned that having each others back in the most important thing that you can have during these years. The years where every player is playing for themselves and you need your best friend to rely on. These years strengthened not only our trust but our love for one another. I knew when we dated in high school that he was going to be the man I married someday. So had our path been any different, I don't think we'd be the couple we are today. The lessons and obstacles we faced as a couple shaped us into who we are.
And I'm sure if you are familiar with the professional baseball life, then you know that it's anything but certain. You never know what is going to happen and you never know where you will be. Which for someone like me, has always driven me insane. But it wasn't until I left my full-time job last March (almost one year!) that I realized how important it is to be there for him everyday of the season. To be there for him on the good days and the bad days is something I will always be grateful for. That we are fortunate enough to live this crazy baseball life together and achieve our dreams. Because if I'm being honest, I would've never started this blog if it weren't for Christian. He has been my biggest supporter in this journey and has seriously gone above and beyond to do anything I need for this blog. So if anything, this past year/baseball season helped solidify our decision to get married. We learned what's important to us. We learned that together is better and that as long as we're able, we will spend as much time as possible together.
As most of you know, we move A LOT. Currently, we reside in Sarasota, FL which is home to the Orioles Spring Training. We spend our days working to be better and doing the tasks we enjoy. We love to spend time outside with our dogs and make it a point to do so at least once a day. Being that we love being outside, we bought road bikes as a way to continue to stay in shape on the days when we're not in the lifting mood. And we always run our errands together! The errands don't seem as bad if you've got your best friend with you, am I right?
Lastly, we are also settling down in Columbia, SC which is home to Christian's alma mater: The University of South Carolina. We are both so excited to be heading back to the town that we love most and to be surrounded by lots of our favorite people. And when I mean settle down, I mean that I'll still be traveling with Christian during the baseball season, Columbia is just where we will truly call H O M E.
Well, I hope that didn't totally bore you. If there's anything I didn't cover that you'd like to know about just shoot me a message or an e-mail and I'd be happy to fill you in. I hope you have a great Monday!