Thursday, March 20, 2014

Our Love Story: Part 1

"Here's the thing about this love story of ours. Its long. And drawn out. And mushy-gushy. And even a bit cheesy. But it's true. And I've decided to take my time writing it, capturing all the special details of those moments I never want to forget. So if mushy-gushy, cheesy love stories aren't your thing, I totally get that. Just know that I'm writing this as a gift - to my family, and my children, and their future children - and also, for [Parker] and me - so that on those days when the kids are screaming, the laundry is overflowing and the bills are rolling in...on those days when it all just seems so hard, we'll have this to remind us of those first moments when we fell in love. And if sappy, detail ridden love stories are your thing, well then you've come to the right place." -Ashley Stock

Summer 2009
Parker Hollingsworth had been going to Cardston annually during the summers to visit his grandparents as a little kid. It was one of his favourite vacations and he always looked forward to those weeks that they would spend up north. He loved walking to the swimming pool with his cousins and spending hours going off the ball and jumping off of the diving board. He loved spending his pennies and change on the penny candy and slurpees at Reddi Mart. When he was 17 years old, Parker came to Canada again for a couple weeks during the summer (2009) with is family. They went to a few of the plays at the local theatre and the cute, bubbly, blonde actress (Jordan (Crawford) Zemp) on stage caught Parker's attention. He went ahead and added her on Facebook, having never even spoken to her in person. Jordan accepted his friend request and Parker began his days as a Facebook stalker.

A few weeks later, Parker and his family were in Montana visiting Echo Lake at a family cabin. At church on sunday, he noticed a lovely lady in sunday school that looked awfully familiar. Then it clicked for him, "that's Jordan Crawford's best friend Tessa Merrill," who also had a family cabin in the area. Parker of course didn't talk to Tessa... that wasn't his style. So a few days later he added her on Facebook..


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