Experiencing True Love
When it comes to finding your soul mate, they say you just “know” they’re the one—there’s no second-guessing and no uncertainty. That person suddenly becomes the sun in your world and you completely revolve around them. True love is an amazingly powerful thing to experience.
Soul Mates 30 Years in the Making
For Amy Giberson and Justin Pounders, they simply just “knew” that the universe had made them for one another. Justin couldn’t imagine anyone else walking down the aisle on his wedding day--and Amy knew he was the man for her the moment she laid eyes on him. However, one day, when Amy showed her preschool class picture to Justin, he was absolutely dumbfounded with what he saw in the corner of the photo.
A Young Love
When Amy was a young girl, she grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida. During her time in preschool, she had a crush on a boy in her class. This junior romance blossomed over playing with building blocks and lunch dates in the schoolyard. Even 30 years later, Amy’s preschool teacher remembers the love that flourished between the two.
The Playground Crush
Amy’s teacher, who ran Sunshine Preschool, told PEOPLE magazine, “They had a blast with each other. It was a quiet, bashful romance. They liked each other from afar, it was a young love, like a sweet crush.”
Going Separate Ways
Of course, the young love was doomed to be only temporary. After graduating kindergarten Amy and her young beau went there separate ways. Amy would move away, grow up and attend a university; the memories of her 3-year-old crush fading away.
History of Broken Relationships
Sadly for Amy, her romantic life would never reach the heights of her preschool fling. She would be hurt often and, according to her friends, always wore her heart on her sleeve. True love for Amy seemed off the table.
Too Trusting and Loving
Amy told Cosmopolitan magazine in 2016, “People would tell me, ‘Don’t be so open, Amy. Don’t trust so easily.’ But if I stopped doing that, it wouldn’t be me. It’s just absolutely nuts that I was the tragically misguided girl who was always let down.”
Single and Ready to Mingle
At the age of 32, Amy was still single and decided to move back to her hometown of St. Petersburg with the hopes of settling down. On a whim, she decided to dip her toe in the dating pool and that’s when her profile caught the eye of local Justin Pounders.
A Tragic Past
Justin’s love life had been far from perfect as well. In 2012, his fiancé was tragically murdered on the night they were to move in together. She had actually been out with her roommate for “moving out drinks” when the horrific crime was committed.
The Right Time
Now, years later, Justin finally felt ready to move on from the loss of his girlfriend. He moved back to St. Petersburg and like Amy, placed a profile online. When he saw Amy’s profile, he instantly felt a connection. Could love finally be in the cards for these two singles?
According to Justin, when he first viewed Amy’s profile he was instantly drawn to her. He loved her energy and spark for life and just knew he had to get to know her. Reaching out, they arranged their first date, excited to see the possibilities.
A First Date to Remember
The pair met at a restaurant in December 2014 for their first date. Amy was instantly attracted to Justin and revealed to PEOPLE that it felt like she had known him her whole life. The waiter must have picked up on their connection because he even marked the date on their dessert plate.
Love At First Sight
After their first date, they began to meet up every day as love quickly took hold. According to Amy, she knew from their very first dinner that she was going to have dinner with Justin for the rest of her life. Talk about destined to be together, right?
The Shock of a Lifetime
After dating for months, Justin mentioned one day that he always liked the name Amy because it reminded him of his first crush in preschool. It was then that Amy began to notice Justin touching a scar on his forehead, which he revealed he got when he cut his head open on monkey bars at preschool. It was then that the remaining pieces clicked into place. Amy and Justin realized that they both attended Sunshine Preschool 30 years earlier. Amy immediately phoned her mother and asked for pictures from her days in preschool and what she found was shocking. The crush both of them had had so many years ago, was on each other. True love had finally found them both, even after 30 years.
Happily Ever After
On November 2016, the couple was wed in St. Petersburg in a fairytale wedding. A beautiful love story that was 30 years in the making. We wish them nothing but everlasting happiness!