8 years ago…

by Megan

…I said “I do”!!!

Introducing us as Mr. & Mrs. Burlingame!!!!

It all began in May of 2001. That’s when we first met at Arrowhead Bible Camp. Even though I thought he was HOT, I was determined to not like him or want to date him (but I did flirt endlessly with him). I wanted to go to college as a single lady to meet and date guys there. Apparently God had other plans (as He always does). By the end of the summer, Dave and I were unofficially an item. I still maintain that he did not ask me to be his girlfriend. ;-)

Seeing each other for the first time.

I felt absolutely beautiful!!!!

On October 4, 2003, Dave was in Sioux Falls visiting me for Viking Days weekend. It was a crazy busy day and Dave was with me throughout the entire day. We had a great time at the parade and football game. We were finally able to steal away for some quiet time later in the afternoon.

My bridesmaids: Kirsten, Beth, Katie and Brianna

Flower girl: Kaitlyn

We went to the Falls to hang out. After a bit, Dave gave me a card telling me how much he loved me. He signed the card “your future husband, David John”. He then proceeded to use sign language to ask me to marry him. I knew exactly what he said, but wanted to make sure he knew what he said and give him an “out” if needed. :-) Once it was established what he said, I proceeded say “yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!!!!!”.

Our families: Brianna, Dad, Mom, Me, Dave, Kathy, Charlie, Beth, Judah, Nate

We got married on August 7, 2004. It was a glorious day!!!! I had such a wonderful time marrying my best friend. We had so much fun together and truly enjoyed our family and friends. We had lots of wonderful people involved in our day and we are so thankful to them for being a part of our wedding day.

Groomsmen: Judah, Ben, Dave, Nate and Tim

Ushers: Aaron, Dan, Jared and Aaron

Dave and I have been through so much in the last 8 years. We have been through major life events. We have moved several times before finally buying a house. We have gone through job changes, both good and bad. We gave birth to two wonderful, sweet, adorable, patience-testing little boys. We have been through many ups and downs with Eli’s health. We gone through family deaths. We made it through all of the life events because of God’s grace. He gave us the ability to lean on each other, as well as Him and to love each other through it all.

Yes, we are weird!!! That’s one reason why we love each other.

I’m so glad and thankful that God brought us together and I love my husband dearly. I wouldn’t trade him for anyone (or anything)!!

Love this man!!!!!