So I left Rexburg with Jared's phone number saved to my phone...which I didn't use for a long time. This is where 2 versions of the same story emerge:
In April of 2005, Jared moved to Virginia to do door to door sales. One day he received a phone call that went like this:
Jared : Hello
Girl: Hey Jacob, what's up?
Jared: No, this is Jared, who is this?
Girl: OH, this is Lindsey, sorry I meant to call Jacob...How have you been, where are you, etc.
So in Jared's version of the story, I called PRETENDING to call someone else...when really I was just too shy to come right out and call him- he LOVES telling that to people, making me look like a desperate girl and him the desirable stud muffin.
In my version (aka the true story) I really did mean to call Jacob, but fate stepped in and I called Jared : )
We began talking on the phone alot- which turned into what we will refer to as "phone dating". I know it sounds silly, but we got to know each other really well through talking on the phone.
One day he played the guitar and sang the song To Be With You for me and I became the smitten kitten! Adriane reminded me just the other day a funny part of the story that I had forgotten (Erin will remember this part of our story). I recorded him singing it one night on my phone, and would play it for people- however, I had forgotten until I was reminded, I also used it as a ringtone AND as my alarm every morning...Can we say STALKER : ) Could I get dorkier????
Anyways, I started the summer semester at BYU-Idaho while he was still in Virginia. Shortly after moving there, I was talking to Jared and my sister called on the other line to let me know my grandpa had passed away. Jared did an amazing job of comforting me that night, and it took our relationship to the next level.
One night I got home from work and realized I had a 3 day weekend from school and work, so on a whim bought a plane ticket to go see Jared. The best part of this chapter was I was TERRIFIED to tell my parents...so I wrote a note to my roommates and hung it over my apartment phone. It read: If ANYONE calls for Lindsey DO NOT tell them where she is!!!! (with a skull and cross bones) One of my roomies saved the note and gave it to me after we were married.
The trip was fun- we went to the beach, caught lightning bugs, and there was lots of wooing via guitar/singing- but short. I think that is when we officially started dating exclusively (although neither of us had dated anyone since we had started talking on the phone).
A couple of weeks after that, I think I got nervous about how serious we were getting for not spending alot of time physically together. At one point I told Jared I was going to go on a date with one of my FHE brothers. Bless his patient heart, he was mad but smart enough to tell me to do what I needed to do. I made it through one date with the other guy, but by the end I knew that Jared was the person I was going to marry. Unfortunately, he took a little more convincing...