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Julie and I met almost 22 years ago.

I was 18 and she was 17. We were going to the same youth group. In typical fashion I was completely oblivious to the fact that she even liked me. I was too busy playing basketball, with my friends.

I had actually given up on women (I know, I was so old and had such experience!). Anyway, one of our mutual friends came up to me and let me know she liked me. Being the suave and debonair man that I was, I started to stalk her.

Honestly, that's probably what she thought, at first. I followed her to McDonald's a couple of times to, you know, creep... I mean, impress her. At first she was a little perplexed at what was going on. Heck, she didn't even know my name yet. She and her friends were still calling me, "That Blain Guy" after some dude they thought I looked like. Obviously, romance was in the air.....

After a couple of these awkward moments Julie finally grabbed one of her friends to ask why this scrawny, acne infested buffoon was following her around acting odd. They confessed their sin to Julie and embarrassment, for all parties, ensued.  Her friends managed to talk her out of moving to another country and give this poor, socially inept boy a chance.

All this happened during the summer of 1989. We grew to be amazing friends during that summer and into the fall. By Christmas we were talking marriage. It's strange to look back at it now and see how quickly we developed our relationship. It felt like we were together so much longer before contemplating marriage but it really was such a short time.

By October of 1990 we were married and starting our journey, together. We've been through plenty these past 21 years. It's not exactly easy being married to a guy like me. I'm constantly trying new and challenging things, plenty of which never work out. Julie continues to be a pillar of strength and support in my life. She has stayed by my side through the thick and the thin of it all. Even now, as I share the pain and struggles we've been through over the last few years to literally thousands through this blog and the podcast she has never, not even one time, wavered in her commitment to me, our family or our faith.

Julie is a shining example of what it takes to weather adversity during the storms of life. Her faith is strong, her commitment unshakable and her love unmatched. Meet her once, and you'll be a fan too.

The best way for me to share her with you is through the podcast we do together. I hope you will take a moment and at least listen to the first show we did together. During it you'll get to hear more of our story in detail.

Ladies and gentlemen, my wife and friend, Julie Dibben.

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Comment by James Dibben on April 30, 2011 at 8:01am
That is very kind of you to say.
Comment by Jacqueline Hillier on April 30, 2011 at 6:19am
Wow!  She's a lucky women to have a man that loves her so much.  Blessings to you both.
Comment by James Dibben on April 29, 2011 at 11:59pm
Thanks Marty, I appreciate the comment!

Hey, I'm working as an LPN here in Kansas City as I build my coaching business.
Comment by Marty Wenger on April 29, 2011 at 11:15pm
A great tribute to a great woman.  We'll be following you.

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