JJ (I like to call Jeremy that if you haven't noticed... sorry if it's ever confusing how I switch back and forth between the names :) ) and I met a long long time ago. I was 5 and he was 6... When I was 5 my dad took a pastorate position at a church in KS, where JJ and his family attended. There weren't many other kids, being that it was a small rural congregation, so we often ended up hanging out together. My older brother and his older brother were also good friends. Our families often got together for Sunday dinner at his family's farm. So between that old country church and the near by Litke farm, thus began a childhood romance :) Cute, huh? He thought I was pretty... I had long dark hair and was a tom boy. I loved to hang out with our older brothers and him... he thought that was cool. Racing around the church ( I won), wrestling in the church basement ( I won...but I fought dirty :) ), getting in trouble together in Sunday school...laid the foundation for the relationship that would later develop.
Fast forward to High School youth group... I still had long dark hair, which he still thought was pretty. I still liked to hang out with the boys, which he still thought was cool. On Sunday mornings it was tradition for the high schoolers to sit up in the balcony together. Jeremy and the other boys would sit behind the small row of girls... so they could watch us of course. Sometimes I'd sit with the boys, but that made it especially hard to listen like a good pastor's kid should :) JJ, his brother, my brother, and I still hung out together. I still liked Jeremy, but I liked his older brother more! Jon was the tall laid back one, JJ was the fun and goofy one. Both were cute, but I had my heart set on Jon.
So I went to work, flirting and giving my attention to Jon. It worked... to some degree. He flirted back and we enjoyed hanging out at youth group activities. There was a banquet coming up at Jon and Jeremy's school and I was hoping, dreaming really, that Jon would ask me to go with him. There was also a youth group trip to Estes Park coming up that I was hoping Jon would go on so that we could hang out more. Ended up Jon couldn't go... but Jeremy could.
So guess what happened.... Yup. JJ and I talked the entire way there, till 5 in the morning. We hung out the whole weekend. And when we got back to KS a week or two later, JJ asked me to that banquet, not Jon. Hmmmm..... I was a conflicted girl! I still really liked Jon, but Jeremy was sure growing on me! He was so sweet and SO persistent! I did end up going with JJ to the banquet... and I had a wonderful time :)
2 1/2 months later Jeremy and I went on our first official date, and shortly after Jon left for college.... So began our dating relationship. We were 17.