Friday, March 1, 2013

My sunshine

I have been going through my craft room lately which is like the cave of memories--years and years of photos in boxes that I need to get into books.  I have been working on getting Mr J's baby book done, and it has a page in it about "Our Story" the love story of his parents.  I was looking for pictures of Ben and I to put in that section for Mr J.  That brought up a lot of fun memories.  
Most recently it brought up this.  I got this print here for Ben for Valentine's Day, and there is a story behind it, and I even scanned some grainy pictures to go with that story for you.  Ben and I met at BYU when I was a freshman and he was just back from a 2 year mission to Moscow, Russia for our church.  Ben had asked me to a dance in a very creative way.  He had bought some sheets for my bed and written on them asking me to the dance and had my roommate put them on my bed for me.  I still have the sheets.  They are Bambi, and it is our designated popcorn sheet for the family room floor when we watch movies.  Anyway, so I had to think up a clever way to answer him, that yes, I would love to go to the Heritage Invitational dance with him! 

So, I talked to Dr. Mack Wilberg, (who is now the director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, he is the one sitting at the piano) who was Ben's Men's Chorus teacher, and asked him to let me come in and sing a little song for Ben in his men's chorus class of over 200 guys.  Man was I gutsy :)  Looking back I really can't believe I did that, it must have been love. . .so my 3 friends and I walk into this auditorium of over 200 college guys and ask for Ben to come to the front.  Now Ben does not like attention, never has, hates being in the limelight.  He wouldn't even look at me when this was happening and very reluctantly came to the front of the auditorium and then we sang him this song . . .

You are my sunshine
My only sunshine
You make me happy 
When skies are gray
You'll never know Ben
How much I'd love to
go to Heritage Invitation with you!

And then we knelt down and I gave him the rose and my girlfriend thankfully got a picture of it.

We got a standing ovation :)  

So, I thought the "You are my sunshine" print was a good one for Valentine's Day because it started a great thing. . .

This was us at the dance

And this was us about nine months later :)

A very happy ending and a wonderful beginning

And he still is my sunshine and makes me very happy.  I love you Ben!


  1. Aww! I LOVE that story! Didn't remember Ben being in Men's Chorus. A lot of our FHE brothers were and we all love Mack! :)

  2. Oh, I love this post! It made me so happy to see pictures of you from our freshman days. I'm so glad you documented this. Lovely!

  3. Love it! This is one of my favorite songs to sing to my sweet boys. Crazy how time flies and crazy how gutsy you were!! What a fun story to share with your kids. Thanks for the recipes...I love tried & true new ones.

  4. That's so sweet. What a great love story. You two make such a cute couple.