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Our Love Story {Part One}: How We Met and Started Dating

on May 13, 2014 by Jami Balmet 23 comments

Our fifth wedding anniversary is coming up in just a few days. So I decided to re-post our love story. Young Wife’s Guide is dedicated to encouraging YOU where you are and I thought you might like to see a little bit of our story…

Our story begins nearly eight years ago. I was 16 when we met, he was 18. I was just about to finish my sophomore year of high school and he was just about to graduate.

Getting married young today is SO unusual! Here's my story of meeting my husband at 16 and getting married at 19 ~ HINT: We met at a grocery store!

How we met

We met of all places, at work. I had started as a bagger in a grocery store and then 2 months later he got a job as a checker. Two Christians who met and fell in love at a grocery store. Yup, that’s our story.

Everyone always assumes we met at church. But no, we got to know one another slowly over conversations in the break room and at the check-stand. Our shared love of reading and our fire for the Lord bonded us as friends from the beginning.

Secretly I had a crush on him from day one (he did too but I didn’t know that at the time). Over the next 9 months we continued to get to know each other. We found we had some mutual friends so we went to movies in groups and out for ice cream. Slowly our friendship blossomed.

On a few different occasions, friends and people we knew at work came up to both Jason and I separately and told us that they thought we would make a good couple because we had so much in common (secretly I agreed). But he showed no sign that he was interested (at least I thought so).

Our first date

After a long and confusing month (maybe I’ll tell you about it sometime) one of our friends got nosy and we found out that this thing was mutual. Not long after, he (FINALLY) worked up the courage to ask me out. We had our first date on February 1, 2007 at Starbucks. 

He had the intention of talking through some things and making sure this whole “dating” thing looked the same to both of us. And we ended up being at Starbucks for 4 hours. Just talking about our families and getting to know one another.

And here, ladies and gentlemen, is our first picture taken together. (He was in karate at the time)

And here’s a photo from where it all started. A Grocery Store

So there you go. I remind my sisters of this ALL the time. If you are single, pay attention to this story. Often it’s easy to get discouraged because there doesn’t seem to be anyone for you at church. But God works in wonderful ways. God brought me my husband without me looking for it AT WORK IN A GROCERY STORE. You never know!

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  1. Jami, this makes me smile SO MUCH. 🙂 I think the pictures are adorable–you are gorgeous and you have one good-lookin’ husband! You’ve inspired me. I think I’ll have to do something similar this week–once I’m caught up on homework and housework, that is!

    • Aaw thank you! I know, he is so handsome!!! 😉 you should do this next week! I would love to read about your story!! Yes, get the homework done first and THEN post about your story 🙂

    • Thanks Haleigh!!!!! I was JUST on your blog last night! I hopped over to check it out for a minute and see what was new and then had to go make dinner so I didn’t comment. But later on I’m heading back over to check it out! 🙂 I LOVE the purple shoes by the way, they came out so nice! Great color 🙂

  2. Hi Jami,

    We have a collection of true love stories over at the Young Ladies Christian Fellowship website, and I’d be honored to include yours. Could you drop me a note (or use our contact form) to let me know if that’d be ok?


  3. Very sweet..love it! Thank you so much for sharing. I am 32 and single and I am waiting for the very best that God has for me in a husband. I won’t lie and say it’s easy. I just know that I will trust in the Lord! God bless you and your family

  4. Awww I love reading this! My husband and I met the same way only at McDonald’s. This makes me want to write up our story, which I kinda did on our wedding site.

    Btw, you might know my sister Dani (she’s friends with your brother Nick) and your in-laws are good friends with my in-laws (The Mora’s). I’m married to their adopted son, Joshua. Beth told me about your blog, so I’ve been a lurker/stalker for a little while now. Anyway, hi! 😀

  5. It is amazing to read about your love story. I married my husband at 19 and he was 20. His brother was dating my sister. His brother tried to get us together for years, but I wasn’t interested because I only heard from his brothers and not directly from him. When we were 16 and 17, he called me one night and we started talking. We were not Christians our relationship was not one that reflected the glory of God. A year after becoming “boyfriend” and “girlfriend”, his father took him to his church where he became a Christian. The next week he took me to the same church were I became saved as well. My whole life was changed and our relationship became more than just what the world said it was. We decided to marry against everyone’s objections because we were so young, but who can stop someone who is in love? November 2, 1996 we were married and almost 18 years later I have heard every reason why young people should not get married and they are probably right. Marriage is hard without a standard and without being committed to something greater than your spouse and yourself. If it wasn’t for God and His wisdom that He shares and the love and grace He gives so freely we may have become a statistic, but our marriage is heavenly and it gets better and stronger every year. I still look at him and blush.

  6. Jami, I read this post and it made me smile. I love hearing stories of couples meeting. And then I smiled even more when I saw your name was Jami. And then even more when I saw it was Jami Leigh. So, one fellow Jami Leigh to another, I hope you have a blessed day!

  7. wow..i love this..genuine love and intimacy..i would really like to share you love story with people before my love life gets to that stage of yours..thanks