< Upheaval: Hakuna Matata?

Monday, November 14, 2005

Hakuna Matata?

Isn't it funny how life is just made up of a bunch of little circles? Have you ever met someone who you didn't have much in common with, and then re-met them at a different time in your life when you just fit? Has something ever happened to you that was really disappointing, but then something so much better comes along?

I have been feeling a little meditative today, I guess. Probably because I have a huge paper to write, and no motivation.

Anyway, I think that in this time of Thanksgiving, it is important that we give thanks for the obvious (and sometimes not so obvious) hand of God in our life.

Here is my "Circle of Life" story:

In college I dated this guy.
Through him I met a girl.
The girl suggested a class I should take.
I took it, and changed my major to Criminal Justice because of it.
I graduated.
I worked at the Police Department.
I met Daniel.
We got married.
We had a baby.
Because of the guy I dated in college.

What is your story?


Blogger Sydney said...


Ben's dad came up to our church to pastor until we had another pastor. He suggested to Ben that he should come meet this girl, I had all the qualities he was looking for. He came... He saw and realized that I was only in 8th grade and he was graduating! Thought his dad was cracked. 7 years later, my mom and aunt tell me to call Ben's dad, to get his number because they think I should date him.... yes 7 years and they thought for me to contact Ben. Anyways with arm twisted behind my back I got Ben's email address, and it was history from there. I found out later that for 7 years Ben's dad, had on his prayer list, Ben/ future wife/Sydney. 7 years he prayed. So due to a lack of pastor, and years of prayer, and for some odd reason my mom wanting me to contact him... Ben is mine!

10:28 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

My parents bought a house on the same street as Jays parents. He and I were born a few years later. We went to nursery school together. In nursery school Jay and I told our parents that we were going to get married and live in my parents basement (hey we were 3) My family moved away. Jays dad is my families dentist. After I moved back to Atlanta and he moved back from Kentucky one of the guys from that orginal neighborhood died. They all went out to dinner as kind of a memorial to Al. Jays mom suggested to my mom that we get together since I had been out of state for 5 years and probably wanted to get out of the house. 7 months later and we are talking about marriage. Im sure his mom is making a collage for our wedding reception ofpictures of us now and us together as babies.

I got another one!

My mom was married to this total loser. He got her a job at a bank in Atlanta. My dad had a friend that worked at that bank. He came in and asked his friend about my mom and his friend told him she was in the middle of a fairly nasty divorce. He told his friend to let him know when my mom was divorced.
A few months later Dad came back to the bank and asked his friend about my mom again. By this point her divorce was final- they were set up on a blind date and 6 months later they got married. and 28 years later they are still married, thanks to the job her ex-husband helped her get!

10:03 AM  
Blogger Amanda Sue said...

sydney and sara -

i love this stuff! thank you for your stories.

anybody else got goosebumps? :)

11:21 AM  
Blogger YankeeAmanda said...

Here's my story.

A friend showed me how to make a webpage.
A guy from California contacted me through my webpage.
That guy got me interested in chatting on IRC.
On IRC I met a guy.
I married the guy
I had a baby.

There's more little detail stuff, but that's the crux of it. Interesting how life works!

12:59 PM  
Blogger jes said...

i thought i couldn't participate, but then i remembered this. amanda sue, i think you already know this story:

when i graduated high school, i had not yet applied to any colleges.

my sister was going to SFA, so i decided to follow her there.

then my sister decided not to return to SFA, and i had no choice but to stay or become a college dropout before i ever even started.

i love to dance. i went to a dance club.

i met this guy and started dating him. he had two roommates.

one roommate had a girlfriend. the guy i dated spoke evily of her, but when i met her she was too sweet.

we fast became friends.

she led me to the Lord.

fast forward six years.

i was at a church function, where I played a board game with a couple of guys.

A year and a half later, I married one of those guys.

All because I didn't know where to go to college, and I didn't want to be a dropout, and I dated a jerk named after marsupial offspring, and met a girl who impacted my life for eternity.

wow. that almost brings tears to my eyes.

1:22 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I decided to go to school far enough away from my parents that they couldn't check up on me, but close enough that I could go home when I wanted to.
I took a few Spanish classes, where I met this one girl. Nice, but weird, like me.
I worked at a restaurant that had a mean margarita. I served margaritas to this guy that was in a class of mine, and his friends. I married the friend, after a few margaritas gave him enough courage to ask out the waitress.
My husband's best friend married this weird girl, but nice, like me.
Now, it's like they are the other part of our immediate family.
And all because I went off to school!

And, my word verification is ibnhuubs... HUBBIES!

2:59 PM  
Blogger Amanda Sue said...

i think this is my favorite comment section EVER. i love these stories so much!

jes - marsupial offspring! lol... i guess i was dating someone named after an incomplete holepunch on a Florida election ballot. :)

9:04 PM  
Blogger Jennboree said...

I got nothin.

But I do love everyone's stories! The world really isn't so big after all.

8:07 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Ok, I got another one...
I had been friends with this guy since 8th grade.
Senior year I had Walking (yes we had a class where all we did was walk) with this junior that was friends with some of my friends.
I introduced guy friend to girl friend.
They dated for a couple of years.
After graduation his parents moved to Alaska
He went to school in Ga and one night he and she got together, mix in some alcohol and a baby was made.
After their son was born he asked her to marry him.
Now they are happliy married and expecting their second son.

And none of it would have happened if I hadnt introduced them
Granted the order of things could be better. But still...happy ending!

9:41 AM  
Blogger Amanda Sue said...

whatever jenn.

don't make me remind you of the randomness of YOU going to the HORSE RACES. pshaw.

11:13 AM  
Blogger Amstaff Mom said...

My sister was best friends with a guy from church. She would mention his older brother to me every once in awhile, but I had been dating a guy for the past four years. Every night my sister and her best friend would talk on the phone. Sometimes the older brother would get on the phone with my sis and his brother. One time I got on the phone as well and my sis and little brother dropped off the phone. We talked for hours that night. I broke up with boyfriend 3 days later. The older brother and I have now been married 6 years and now the one time best friends are related!

One more story. I went on a mission trip to NYC in March. I met a photographer. I googled the photographer to find out about an award he won. A site came up called "Posted Note" where Eddo had commented about the photographer. Another blog came up called Just Say Jes where she mentioned him as well. On April 4th I made my first blog comment. On August 19th I met Eddo and Jes in person. On September 24th, my sister met Eddo. Now Eddo and my sister are dating. All because I googled a name and then read a blog.


11:46 AM  
Blogger Jennboree said...

OH YEAH! But does that qualify?

Newly single, I went to the horse races for the very first time with some friends. I was rooting for my $2 bet horse along with the guy next to me. The horse won, I won $6 and the guy won the same!

He bought me a beer and we talked for hours. I have no idea what happened to the friends I was with.

We married 3 years later and now have a beautiful 16 month daughter. I never met and re-met him, we just met and never had a day go by without talking.

yeah. It qualifies! :)

3:28 PM  

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