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Dating Divas Giveaway!

On 15, Mar 2012 | 101 Comments | In Uncategorized | By lela

I am thrilled to be working with the lovely Dating Divas, and most of all, to be designing for all of their wonderful readers! I stumbled across the Dating Divas website right after coming home from my honeymoon – and I fell in love (again)! The best part about teaming up with the Divas is I can use the printables I design on my OWN dates! So fun! :)

 

Since designing my own invitation suite, I can’t seem to stop! I love working with brides and designing a custom look that is unique to each wedding. One of my favorite invitations was the Vera Wang-inspired flower design. The custom flower sketch is specific to the bride and I love the vintage, romantic feel of the suite. Another favorite of mine is the “Kate and Steve” invitation suite. The invitation is modern and bold, with the strong typeface and white space, contrasted with the whimsical “Kate” and romantic color scheme.

Besides all things wedding, I design logos, business cards, party invitations, brochures and just about anything you can think of! I love sitting down with each client and collaborating to create the perfect piece. There is nothing better than a client coming back and saying, “I have gotten SO many compliments on this piece!”

In my own invitation suite, I included our “love story” as a special piece. Our guests loved getting to know us as a couple better, and it was such a fun component to our wedding! We still cherish this story, because it is timeless to us and will never change. As a married couple, many of you can look back and remember your “love story” – where you met, how you met, who said “I love you” first! I’m sure that story is near & dear to your heart – I know mine is! I love looking back and remembering how my sweetheart and I finally became husband and wife!

And because these stories are so wonderful, today I would LOVE to offer one lucky Dating Divas reader their OWN “Love Story” print! I will work with you to design a beautiful story can be printed and framed in your own home. I will customize fonts, colors and other design elements to create a piece that is completely unique to you and your spouse! The giveaway includes:

  • One custom “Love Story” design, unique to the winner
  • One 11×17 print, shipped to the winner

To enter, please leave me a comment on this post telling me your “love story!” I’m so excited to hear all of your different stories!

One entry per person, please.

Leave your name and email address so I can contact you if you are the winner!

Giveaway will end next Thursday, on March 22nd at 12:00 MST.  I will announce the winner on Saturday, March 24th!

Lots of love! leah

Comments

  1. Our love story all started with my sweetheart dumping water on my head! Yes, I know, a little crazy, but hey, somehow he didn’t scare me off!!!! You are a talented designer. Good luck & I look forward to seeing more! :-)

    • You have a great eye! I’m loving your designs. Our love story began at a wedding. Cliche, I know! I was a bridesmaid and he was a friend of the bride. We hit it off instantly. Only problem was that he lived 1400 miles away. We’ve been in a long-distance relationship for 10 months now and couldn’t be happier. Was it ideal? Absolutely not, but it’s our journey and I wouldn’t want it any other way :)

  2. My husband and I met shortly after I had experienced a broken engagement. Unknown to me, he knew of me and had some what of a crush on me. Through a mutual friend we started talking and began exchanging emails for a few weeks. We quickly became friends. During one of our email exchanges, I was discussing how I had been in a relationship for so long I didn’t know how to date. So he asked me on a practice date. It was SO cute. Our date was filled with lots of conversation and laughter until the wee hours of the morning. On that first date we discussed things we needed/wanted in a relationship – there was one item on my list that I didn’t want to share, but Nick had a way of making me feel comfortable sharing all my dreams. Eventually he discovered my biggest wish was to go to Disney World for my honeymoon – he looked at me and said “done.” He is my soulmate, best friend and the love of my life – and YES we did go to Disney World for our honeymoon.

  3. My husband and I met in the summer of 2004. He was my cousins best friend and we were never supposed to be together ;) I knew he was “my man” from the moment I laid eyes on him, and the feeling was mutual. We’ve been inseparable ever since, he applied to the same college as me and we got our first apartment and our two dogs (children) shortly after.

  4. What a beautiful giveaway! Our story (in a nutshell): Like you, we were friends first. We met when I moved a few doors down from Steve in his apartment complex. We spent time hiking, having bbqs, singing in the ward choir together, having movie nights, and sitting in Steve’s truck at Sonic for coconut cream pie shakes every week and talking about work, dating, etc. To him, I was just a platonic friend. Fast forward four years later: we had both moved two or three times (but in the same metropolitan area) and stayed in touch as friends. Something changed for him and he realized he should be dating his best friend. So he casually began pursuing me; nine months later we were engaged for seven weeks before we got married! The rest is history! We’ve been married two years and we have a nine-month-old cutie named Ellie :) Life is GREAT being married to one’s best friend.

  5. So excited for this give away! Our love story began when I applied for a job and he was the manager. Three weeks later, I was “fired” so we could begin dating. Two months later we were engaged and 7 months later we were married! 11 years and three kids later, we are still very happily married!

  6. We met when we were 17 at my best friend’s New Year’s Eve party in 2002. I fell head over heels in love with him that night but did not tell him. We began a friendship that night that slowly grew and grew, and after high school, years of phone calls, emails, and conversations, we finally professed our love to each other and knew we could never be apart! Christmas 2007, Ryan shocked me with a surprise “gift” in my backyard. It was him and I couldn’t be happier to see him when he was supposed to be at Christmas with his family out of town that day. Then, he got down on one knee, proposed, and I cried yes! We married in May 2008.

    One year later, he was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor they immediately removed through surgery. We had our perfect baby girl in December of 2010. July 2011, We found out his tumor had returned. That next week, we got through his second brain surgery. This time, they told us the tumor they removed was malignant. So we drove (with our 8 month baby girl with us in the car) for 6.5 weeks of radiation along with chemotherapy. It is now almost 7 months later and he has about one month left of chemo. So far, the tumor has not returned :)

    I am so in love with my husband,…he is the strongest, sweetest, most incredible man in the world. He inspires me everyday in his faith, and by living life to it’s fullest Every single day I feel so incredibly BLESSED to still have him in my life, and to have had our perfect baby (this was a dream I had—to have his child—it almost didn’t happen). Every single day is a gift. Every single day I am reminding myself how precious our love is.

    -Kassie

  7. Hi Leah! I’m so excited to tell you mine and my husband’s love story because it’s similar to yours. My husband, Collin, and I grew up on the same street but didn’t meet until college. Right after I graduated from High school I started attending activities at the University of Utah Institute with my boyfriend at the time. At one of these activities I met a recently returned missionary and continued to see him every now and then. The problem? Neither of us could ever remember the other’s name. Eventually, however, I broke up with my boyfriend and we started spending some time together. I started checking with him before I went to any party because if he wasn’t there, I definitely wasn’t going to go. About 2 years went by during which we both dated many other people but always got together for late night frozen yogurt runs to share our successes, fears, failures, and desires. We were truly becoming best friends. When one particularly long and serious relationship with another guy ended badly, the first person I called was Collin. I realized that I needed his comfort and strength to get through this hard time. From that moment on we were inseparable – we spent every evening together on my porch swing talking about anything and everything. Slowly, we crossed that bridge from friendship to love. Sometimes I wonder why it took so long (almost 3 years) for us to realize we were in love, but in the end, I wouldn’t change a thing. Our love story is unique and truly built on a firm foundation of friendship, respect, and true love. I wouldn’t have it any other way :)

  8. I met my fiance Justin at a superbowl party in 2008. When I met him…. I could not stand him. I thought he was rude and immature. We went on a “friends date” in June, where I realized he had started to grow up, and where he claims he started to have feelings for me. By November that year, I was hooked, and we began dating. I was the one who said “I love you” first in February, and when I did, he was completely trashed. He did say “I love you too,” but the next morning I gave him an “out” that if he didn’t love me quite yet, he didn’t have to say it until he was ready. He assured me that he truly did love me, but had been too nervous to say it until I said it first. We continued dating, until finally, he proposed on the night of 11/11/11, after I had wished that morning at 11:11 that he would propose soon. Our love story is not the typical fairy tale, but he has been my Prince Charming through some of the hardest times in my life. I cannot wait to marry him on January 20, 2013 to begin living out our “happily ever after.”

  9. I met my husband, Daniel, nearly 19 years ago. He came into the clinic I worked to do maintenance on out x-ray film processor. My least favorite job was filing x-rays, but when I saw him, I immediately went in to file our huge stack of x-rays. When he left, I walked across he hall and told my boss that he was the man I was going to marry! Later in the day I noticed his jacket on the door knob! I was so excited! I called his office to leave word. He returned for the jacket and asked me if I wanted to go to the Waffle House for dinner. 3 months later we were walking downthe aisle and we’ve never regretted a single minute!

    Here we are nearly 19 years later with 2 beautiful daughters and our own appliance repair business. We are so blessed! I found out several years into our marriage that he had left his jacket intentionally with his home phone number, hoping I would call him about his jacket! Love my sweetie!

  10. I met my husband of 15 years on the day I moved away from home to go to college. He was so good looking & sweet, but a bit older. He actually said he would never date an 18 year old that night! Turns out we had a class together. He didn’t have a car so he would buy me lunch if I drove. We became very good friends that turned into something so much more! He is my other half…my soul mate. :)

  11. It was a Monday morning, I was going online to delete my profile on okaycupid.com only to find a new message from Michael who had just made his profile. We messaged each other, then looked each other up on myspace. He was insistent that I call him so we can talk and get to know each other better. We talked all week on the phone for hours each day. It was Friday when my plans for a girls weekend was canceled and he saw this as an opportunity to finally meet face to face. The thought scared me and made me so nervous. I knew I liked him and he made it no secret he felt strongly for me, he was very confident that I would fall in love. He suggested come to my house to just hang out and watch a movie. I was extremely hesitant (thinking this guy could murder me!) but I did. It was a time in my life where I was trying new things, getting out of my comfort zone always playing everything safe. So he came over that night. When I answered the door I’m sure I looked like a giddy lil school girl, he was so cute in person. We completely hit it off and were instantly inseparable. It was three weeks later we went on a romantic weekend to the coast (Crescent City) that we both first said “I love you”. Then in April, 4 months after meeting, my sister was in town visiting, and he got down on one knee and proposed to me while we were all at my best friends house for dinner. Of course I said yes. We planned the wedding for June 2011, I knew I wanted a long engagement and a little over two years was perfect for me. We’ve now been married for 9months. Our wedding was beautiful and I’m so thankful to be married to my best friend. We have so much fun together and compliment each other so well. He’s what I was looking for and needed, now I can’t imagine life without him!

  12. My husband and I are truly high school sweethearts. We started dating freshman year and have been together ever since, even going to separate colleges. We’ve been married for nearly 8 years and have 4 beautiful kids!

  13. You have wonderful work! I love “love stories.” Here’s mine in a nutshell: Girl gets married and has baby boy. Girl finds out guy is leading a double life. Girl divorces guy. Girl raises baby. Girl doesn’t date for four years to focus on baby. Girl finally goes on speed date. Girl meets guy of dreams. Girl gets guy. Girl introduces guy to baby boy. Guy falls in love with baby boy. Baby boy falls in love with guy. Girl marries guy. Guy adopts girl’s baby boy (then 6). Girl and guy have another baby. Girl and guy and babies live happily ever after.
    Celebrating seven years of joined marital bliss Saturday, March 2012.
    Thanks for considering our love story.

  14. What a great giveaway, TY!!!!! Our story began when I had a friend I was with all the time, she had a boyfriend that liked to walk to the gas station alot. Well he made friends with the guy behind the counter and I can still remember 8 years later that exact moment he drove up for the first time in his Camaro and walked across the road. I’d like to say “Love at first sight” but we were both so so shy we literally just made eyes at each other for 2 weeks before we even spoke more than hello to each other. Our friends helped push us along and that began our talking/dating. We have been married exactly 1 year and I hope 100 more to come…

  15. Our love story started out a little bit differently than many others. We met on an online four-wheeling forum we both belonged to. Keep in mind that we lived on opposite sides of the state – I was finishing up my undergrad and he was living/working back home where we grew up. Somehow the discussion came up of doing a tandem kissing wheelie stunt on a four-wheeler. The bet was placed between a long-time couple that lived together and us (who had never met and lived on opposite sides of the state) on who would do the stunt first. We met when I came home for Thanksgiving break and decided to do some wheelies and see if we could do the kissing stunt. That was our first “date” and kiss. We took a picture to win the bet (see picture linked below) and have been inseparable ever since. We are best friends that still four-wheel, rock-climb, mountain bike and do everything together. After four and a half years, two dogs, a cat, and a house, we’re getting ready to move into the next chapter of our lives – planning a wedding. ?
    http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m54/boarderchck11/tandemkiss-1.jpg
    http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m54/boarderchck11/n22405101_35451830_7922.jpg

  16. What an awesome giveaway!!!
    The first time I saw my husband was at a singles activity….I didn’t know anything about him but went home and wrote *husband* on my calendar {and the unknowingly checked out his brother the following week – haha}. The two problems that followed were every get together following that one he fell asleep – and when he didn’t fall asleep he ignored me. Flat out ignored me….As a result of his sleeping habit I didn’t not pursue my interest – nicknaming him Mr. BoringPants. I had also heard that he told someone I was annoying {the nerve} so I figured if he was going to like me, great…if not…great. About a month after I first saw him he called me over at another activity while talking with a mutual friend. He mentioned he was going to invite me for Ice Cream and I said, “Why? You think I’m annoying” – haha! We ended up having ice cream and then I watched a movie because…you guessed it…he uasleep! {In fact – side note: he walked me out to my car afterwards and was so tired walking back up to his apartment that he fell on the stairs and dislocated his shoulder…lucky for him, it gave me a reason to phone!}. I suppose *the rest is history* a they say….we kept our relationship secret for 2 months to just it be what it was going to be without anyone’s input and 2 weeks after that we were engaged….and 3 months after that we were married. When we took our wedding bands in to be engraved we wanted something unique, something that was *us* and represented who we are and our relationship. So, his is engraved with none other than *Mr. BoringPants* and mine with *Miss Annoying*. We are gearing up to celebrate 10 amazing years this coming winter {November} and seriously life just keeps getting better!

    Thanks again for this opportunity!

    • And let’s not forget our two {for now} incredible kids that have been added to our family – life is sweet! :)

  17. I met my soulmate in South Padre Island, Texas on a Spring Break Trip. I was with a group of girls on the beach when we were approached by a guy and his friend. He was wearing a sombrero that said, “Kiss me. I’m from Cali.” His pick up line….”what does my hat say?” I read it aloud and he said, “ok!” We didn’t kiss, but shared many laughs and stories over the next few days. One phone call a few days after our trip turned into multiple phone calls a day and a long distance relationship since he was still living in California and I was in Texas. A year of distance forced us to make a decision. I packed up my Honda with all I could fit and moved to California. This was a huge decision considering I was leaving all my family, my friends, my job….all I knew, to follow my heart. We were married in 2007, had our son in 2010 and we are now awaiting the arrival of our daughter that is due this August. Our chance encounter on the beach turned into an amazing love story and one I am certainly thankful for.

  18. My love story with my husband, Reuben, is a long one. I was on the tail end of finalizing a divorce when I met him…in a bar of all places. Never would have imagined meeting my soul mate there…anyway, I was there with my girlfriends when I met his friend who took a liking to me, offered me a drink and introduced me to his buddies, including my future husband. I didn’t like this friend much and by the end of the night he went home with my girlfriend. The next weekend she wanted to hang out with him and asked me to come with her so she wouldn’t be alone…so she brought me and he brought Reuben. We all had a blast and by the end of the night Reuben was asking me for my phone number. I wasn’t too interested at the time so I said no. My friend said, oh just find her on Myspace (yes, lame, I know). I wanted to hit her. But he found me on there and we started talking and became friends. We would hang out when our friends were hanging out and became friends ourselves. Once my divorce was finalized we started dating. He is in the military though so it was about that time when he was being re-stationed. I always expected him to ask me to come with him but he never did and then moved away the day before my birthday. I was devastated. We continued a long distance relationship for a time but being a single mom and trying to support my kids and maintain a relationship with him was hard so I told him we had to break it off. I was so sad. BUT he wouldn’t give it up. He started sending me flowers and FINALLY..after 11 months of dating finally said “I love you” to me over the phone. I was so shocked I hung up on him! (He had his heart severely broken by a fiance during a previous deployment so love scared him…this was a major step for him) He told me a couple days later that when I was ready and tired of my life that he wanted me where he was. 3 weeks later he had his buddies pack up my house, load up a Uhaul, and was on a plane to drive me and my belongings up to Washington state…a 3000+ mile journey. We spent the summer getting settled in our house before I sent for my kids (who were spending the summer with their dad). A couple months later, at his grandfather’s memorial of all places, his dad asked us when we were getting married. I just kinda looked at him and was like “When ARE we getting married?” He was deploying in a month and a half and decided to make me his wife before he left…so 3 weeks later, we got a pastor, a crowd and a beach in Ocean Shores, Washington, said our vows and started our married life. He deployed 3 weeks later and I spend the first 15 months as his wife alone. It was so hard. BUT 4.5 years later, we’re still happily married, my older boys are getting big and we had our own baby..a fire red headed little girl that will be 2 in July! :)

  19. Love it! Our love story began at the Grand Canyon — we were both working there for the summer when we met (he came to one of our concerts and stared at me — he admits it! lol), we dated for a year and a half or so in College and have been married for almost 23 yrs now! During which time as an Army family we’ve had 4 kiddos, survived 6 year or longer separations plus “normal” Army schools,etc (he’s been home about 10.5 -11 of our 23 years :D ), multiple moves around the world, broken bones, etc! Boring it’s not! We recently went to a Weekend to Remember and in spite of our hardships and challenges are more in love with each other now and looking forward to more years together!

  20. Hi Leah! Super cute giveaway inspired by a cute love story! I’m excited to share mine! My husband and I met at “Acclamation tryouts” (which was the singing and dancing group at Southern Utah University.) We clicked instantly and kept saying, “I hope they let us be partners!” We had so much fun at try-outs and then at the Acclamation “get to know you” hike. There we couldn’t stop laughing at each other and he still thought I was “cute” as I fell down the mountain on my butt. The only problem was he was kind of dating a girl that was on Student Government with me. Since we didn’t know if we were just great friends or if there could be more there, we didn’t really talk about it and let things happen as they would. He broke up with his girlfriend, and told me he had feelings for me just 1 week after we had met. We decided to take it slow in hopes of not hurting the other girl. It was hard because we fell in love so fast and we were together 24/7 with road trips to performances, late night rehearsals, etc. There was lots of drama along the way, and Drew even had to win back my 5 brothers’ “trust” and “approval” after he took me on a spur of the moment trip to San Diego to see Dashboard Confessional. (They couldn’t BELIEVE someone would take their sister on such a dangerous trip where we would have to drive through the night to get back for school in the morning.) Luckily, he did win them back, and he won my heart as well! We were engaged 5 months later, and married 5 after that. He is my eternal sweetheart and my best friend!

  21. My love story started with a huge crush – on my hubby’s best friend. While that never worked out, the friendship and later romance between my hubby and I is the best thing that ever could have come out of it.

    Thank you for the chance to win. Your designs are beautiful!

  22. I met my husband Steven when I was in college. I was a divorced mother of a 3 year old and was whining in class one day to a gal I sat next to that I didn’t have a boyfriend and needed to go out on a date or I was going to go crazy being a mom all the time. She said “I know this guy, it didn’t work out with him but I can give him your phone number if you want”. Well, I did give her my phone he did call and for several weeks we talked on the phone because he worked night shift and I was days. We met for our first date on March 19, 1993. He took me to dinner and out dancing. When he dropped me off at my car after he gave me a quick hard lipped kiss and we said our goodbye’s but not before he asked for a second date to which I said “Sure why not” (boy did that sound stupid).

    On May 7, 1994 we got married and we will be celebrating our 18th wedding anniversary this year. Not all a bed of roses but sure worth the planting of them. We have added 2 more children to our family and now are grandparent.

  23. Feb. 14, 1998
    Valentines Day
    This is the day we met. I was new to the singles class at church. I didn’t know anyone. The leader had us fill out valentines to hand out in class (as singles, we didn’t have a valentine.) Nick and I exchanged valentines that day. Became best friends for 2 years before dating. I truly married my best friend! We have been exchanging valentines ever since. We’ve been happily married for 11 years.

  24. In a coconut shell (our story seems pretty long), my husband and I met in high school, 10 years ago. We were in marching band and by default, spent a lot of time together. After dating on and off for 6 years, me being engaged to someone else, and he enlisted in the army, we got married in Sept of 2010. He was stationed in Korea for a year. I visited and stayed for 2 months so that we could be together for our first Christmas together as a married couple. Upon my return to the states, I found out I was pregnant with our daughter. After 8 more months of being apart, things were not easy when he came home and I was due to deliver at any time. He had to report to his new duty station across the country and I knew he wouldn’t be with me during our daughter’s birth. We’ve been through rough and tough times, but we’re together and that’s all that matters. We know things are going to get better and easier, but it’s also going to get tougher and worse. We are in it for the long haul because of our foundation of friendship.

  25. My husband and I attended the same Church growing up and our parents were acquaintances but we didn’t know each other. We attended junior high together and didn’t even know it. We finally “met” at a mutual friend’s high school birthday party where we were partnered up for a game of Scattergories. I had a crush from the start but we didn’t go to high school together. A few years later, we ended up in the same high school church group and I asked him to the 1999 prom a few months later. That was our first date (a bit formal, right?) and we have been together ever since. We were married in 2006 and blessed with twin girls in 2009. Life is good with your best friend by your side. :)

  26. Oooh!! I’m loving your design! I heard about this giveaway at the Dating Divas site. I’ll start following your blog too!

    This pretty much sums up our amazing love story (she being me, he being my sweet husband):

    she first noticed him during her management collegiate course (he was the graduate teaching assistant for the class). she decided she must meet this guy, who she so lovingly described to her five closest friends as “the most attractive man she had ever seen.” the day came in a little coffee house where the attractive man would make his first move without meaning to. he told her, “hey, nice profile pic.” and she graciously replied by saying, “well, i’ll add you so you can look at it any time you want.” after asking friends for the scoop and running into him “on accident” for the next few months, she quickly found him to be the most humble and compassionate she had ever met. he had a love for Christ with a heart she will forever be enthralled by. after final exams, he asked her on what would soon be known as their first “non-date date.” exactly one year from the non-date date, they would marry in a little garden surrounded by the melody of a string quartet, family, friends, vintage hankies and God’s love. they vowed that day to place God first and to travel the world together. 05.29.10

    I’ve enjoyed reading everyone else’s love stories!! What a fun giveaway! Good luck choosing!

  27. You are very talented! Such a wonderful idea. My story, at least for me, was LOVE at first sight….well I just thought he was super attractive:) So we never officially met when I first saw him but we had mutual friends. My best friend said she would set me up with him and told him I thought he was good looking (talk about awkward!!) There were a lot of awkward run-ins with him without officially meeting and the set up wasn’t happening. I was kind of glad, because it was awkward. But after 8 months or so of that and forgetting he existed, we finally did get set up and from there it was PERFECT! I guess it was meant to be after all :)

  28. My husband and I were highschool sweethearts! :) A mutual friend set us up on our first date and we clicked right away. I’m sure I fell a lot faster than him because I was telling my best friend the next day that I was going to marry that boy. It took a year of dating and him thinking maybe he wanted to be with someone else, and realizing after the first kiss, that he already had the one he wanted, for him to know. We dated for another year and were married my senior year of high school, April 1, 2000. He actually had to take custody of me before we could get married, hahaha. Next month wil be 12 years for us being married and next spring I will have been with my husband for half of my life! :) We now have 5 beautiful children age 6 and under. We sure are busy, but it is SO much fun!!!
    Thank you for this opportunity!

  29. We met on the Yellowstone Fire in 1989 and are celebrating 23 years of marriage today. I was head over heals from the moment I saw him and we spent every evening together when we were not working for the next 5 weeks then about 2 weeks after returning home he came to visit for the weekend and we got engaged and 4 months later married in SLC. He is the one and only young man that I ever told I loved him. Five kids later and many ups and downs in our marriage we are still totally in love with each other.

  30. We met through a friend one night at a barbecue. He heard me making plans with this friend, and then casually asked our mutual friend “what are you doing Friday?” which he knew was when our hangout was. A week later we started dating….and a year later I married my best friend. :)

  31. You are so talented!

    Our love story is a fairytale–complete with Romeo & Juliet parental drama and whatnot!

    My husband and I grew up together attending the same congregation. I was his little brother’s friend and the bane of his existence. He teased me into tears more than once!
    A year after he graduated high school, he joined the Marines Corps and came home to visit after boot camp. We made nice and went to my midwinter ball together. After I graduated and left for BYU, he visited me as often as possible before he deployed to Iraq. We didn’t get engaged until after his first deployment and didn’t get married until after his second. It took 3 years when we knew we wanted to be married after 6 months! We fought for each other and with our 4th anniversary on the 28th of this month, I’d say we’re chugging along quite nicely!

  32. My husband and I started writing each other while he was in Iraq. He came home for leave and we dated for a total of two weeks. He left to go back to Iraq on father’s day and July 7 he called to ask me to marry him. He came home in November and we were married in January. We have had three kids and I love him more than I ever thought possible.

    • Looking back at what I have written it doesn’t sound that amazing, but it felt so different at the time. I had a friend that found Jared’s profile on ldsmingle, I had not desire to even go there, but after bugging me for a couple of months a dropped a short note telling him thanks for his service. He wrote back and we found out that I knew his aunt and he knew my cousin. Small world we grew up about 5 minutes from each other. Him in Idaho and I in Utah. So we started writing. I was teaching at the time and had been having a bad week all of the sudden these beautiful flowers arrived. I could not for the life of me figure out who would send me flowers. When he finally told me I think I was already in love. And our story just took off. We have had our ups and downs. Just recently we lost our third child. I know that through our trials comes the greater love. And that is why I know our love will last. He is always my light.

  33. While I read that many people can say that they are high school sweethearts, our story enables us to say that we are elementary school sweethearts. :) My husband and I are 36 years old and can say that we have known each other for 30 years! We met in first grade and went to school together until our senior year of high school. We always had a crush on each other in elementary school, gave one another special Valentine’s on Valentine’s Day, wrote notes to each other, and looked for each other every summer at the pool and summer rec. We even have a picture of us on the playground together from 4th grade, which we used on our wedding programs. We did not date in junior high or high school, but always remained aqcuaintances and classmates. A few years after college, a group of friends got together for a “mini” reunion over the Christmas break. Out of everyone who came, we were the only two who came alone and single. This kind of “forced” us to talk that night and allowed us to reminisce about the good old days of elementary school and our “love” for each other as kids. We have been together every since that night. My husband surprised me on my 30th birthday and took me back to our elementary school to reenact our 4th grade playground picture. After several silly attempts with the timer on the camera, we tried again and that time he quickly changed his pose and got down on his knee and asked me to marry him! Of course, I said yes! Our five year anniversary is coming up in May and we have been blessed with two beautiful children. I love our love story!

  34. My husband and I met at college. My roommate was helping him to carry his things to his room and they came to get me so we could go to the cafeteria for dinner. Different activities that first week kept pushing us together, so we had no choice but to get to know one another. Two weeks later we knew we wanted to spend forever together and got engaged. We were married the following spring and have been happily married through almost 16 years, 6 kids, several job changes, a couple bouts of unemployment, several moves and many other adventures thrown in!

  35. I know you wont pick me but I love all of your stuff. Your announcement was the cutest and the love story was my favorite part. My dad got me hooked on asking couples their love stories because you and see so much of who they are and its fun watching them fall back in love each time they tell it.

    I just told my love story in my talk at church and think its the greatest (of course!) It’s a looong one but I’ll hit the main points.

    I first meet BJ at a young single adult ward when I turned 18. I had 2 girlfriends with me and we were eating our rootbeer floats at the munch in mingle when BJ and his two friends sat at our table. He pulled out a mini deck of uno and we all played spoons. After that the 6 of us hung out all summer long. Greatest summer of volleyball, pool parties, and hanging out. I was dating a guy at the time so I didn’t get mixed into the love triangles that summer until the end when I broke up with my boyfriend. BJ asked me out the very next day while we were hanging out. I said no thank you. We went our own ways hanging out a few times with mutual friends.

    He went on a mission then when he got back I got a text saying from him asking if this was still my number. In true mormon fashion I realized his was a RM and his last name was Balls and if we got married I would be KRYSTAL BALLS! I loved it! I started chatting it up with him but he wasn’t interested. A mutual friend who had always liked him had me invite him to different events over the next few months. He always came because I was there and I didn’t think anything of it. Our friend always pointed out how much we had in common and we just shrugged it off. For my 21st birthday I invited a ton of people and he was the only guy that stayed the entire 6 hours.

    My friend made it possible for us to hang out with him the next weekend and at dinner we told her how we meet. I paid for the dinner and he said he would take me out sometime to pay me back. I was all for that. He said, “Yes! I finally get to go on a date with you!” We both realized we had wanted to go a date but never tried again so we went out and had the long talk into the wee hour of morning. You know the how we grew up, why we are who we are, where we want to go in life kind of talk. When I was getting ready to leave BJ said, ” Dang, I should just propose to right now huh!?” We both just chuckled but we knew we were meant to be together.

    We spent every weekend together after that and 5 months later we were engaged. We knew we were made for each other and that we were the best friend we had always wanted and never wanted to lose. Being sealed in the temple was the greatest thing that ever happened to us… well until our daughter joined our family. =]

    I loved reading all these loves stories! I was going to say I loved most of all Hailey Stukard’s story but I think Jessica Good wins my vote! Good luck picking one!

  36. I met my husband on a blind date. But I didn’t know I was going on a date! I was going hiking with some friends and at the last second she told me we were going on a date instead, and I was going to be paired up with her boyfriend’s friend. We made pizzas, the the whole group went hiking up to a cave by moonlight. My hubby was such a gentleman helping me over logs and making sure I didn’t fall! When we got to the cave, we went in and watched a movie,, “Thumb Wars,” in the cave. It was a terrible movie, but the experience was wonderful. I saw him again several weeks later and he got my number. After that we were inseperable!

  37. I love reading all of the love stories!

    My husband and I met in Asia when I moved there to work as a missionary. He had been there a couple of years and I was joining the team he worked with. Three months after my arrival we began dating and a month later we were engaged. He was preparing to go stateside for several months and didn’t want to be without me, so I went home with him and we got married 4 months after our engagement. I think that is where our love story really begins- until that point neither of us really knew what love meant. It was after we were married that we really got to know each other and began learning to love one another. Five years, four homes, three children, a few tragedies and countless joys later I am still learning to love and am continually surprised by what an amazing man he is.

  38. I met my husband Jeff at a bbq at his house my first year of college. My friend dragged me along to meet these really funny guys. There was just something that clicked with me, my future husband, and his best friend. We hung out and were inseparable for about a year and a half before we finally decided if we were going to the grocery store together and calling each other after “bad” dates and girl/boyfriends that maybe we should try dating. We dated for another year or so then he told me he wasn’t waiting any longer that he was going to marry me. I couldn’t imagine life without my best friend so we were married in July 2002.

  39. Drew and I have a hurricane of a love story…that’s what brought us together, changed our wedding date, and rightly describes our lives.

    Andrew came to Slidell shortly after Hurricane Katrina his Louisiana in 2005. He’s from Dallas and came down to help a family gut their home. He never thought he’d come back. However, he felt the Lord speaking to him about moving to New Orleans because he’d see revival in the city. So, Drew (that’s my nickname for him) sold everything he had but some clothes and his car and moved to Louisiana. He came to a party at my house through a mutual friend, hooked up with some interns from our church, and began serving at our church’s hurricane relief line. We weren’t fast friends for sure…truly, we aggrivated each other most of the time. It was a love for God and swing dancing that brought us together.

    2 years later, we started dating, then came the engagement, and the wedding. Our wedding date was set for August 30th, 2008. 3 years and 1 day after the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. (You may be thinking this is an odd date to choose since the hurricane was so traumatic -well I’m a teacher and have to work my schedule around planned breaks.) Anyway, Hurricane Gustav decided it wanted to come then. Our out of town guests were told that they had to leave their rooms by 10 am on Saturday. People were scared and beginning to evacuate. So we decided to have a wedding instead of a rehearsal. I was at school when we made the decision. I was standing in the bathroom of my class crying and thinking, “I’m getting married in 6 hours…this is not the way it’s supposed to be!!! We don’t even have a place to stay for our wedding night.”

    After lots of help from wonderful friends and family, we made some extra food, rearranged the cake, photographer, limo, reception hall, etc., and got married! Surprisingly enough, about 75 people from our 125 guest list were able to make it. A friend bought us an extra night at our hotel in the city, and it all worked out beautifully! Beautifully!!!!! The Lord truly is faithful to us.

    Now we have each other, 2 wonderful kids, and an amazing love. The story continues to unfold by the grace of God.

    (sorry this is a bit long)

  40. Your designs are beautiful! I’m wishing I could go back and have a custom design for our wedding– if only!

    My husband and I met on a Sunday morning, Christmas Eve 2007. I was a Sunday school teacher and my future hubby was in town visiting his family for the holidays. He was sweet enough to drop his nieces off at Sunday school — and there I was! He said he saw me and his heart dropped. He eagerly waited through service to return for the pick-up, and we started talking. Talking led to lunch, lunch to dinner, and finally an exchange of phone numbers.

    He flew back home and over the next few weeks, we talked every night, eager to learn about each other. One day I told him about a trip my mom and I were taking that week to an Oregon winter resort. In passing I said “I wish you were coming”; a few days later, he was driving his front-wheel drive Honda Civic 8 hours through treacherous winter condition to meet me at the resort. He swears he almost died — numerous times! Whether that’s true or not, all I knew was he was there, really there! We spent the most amazing few days talking, playing, and ultimately falling in love. Unfortunately, I was moving to Phoenix in a few months, and the greater distance seemed daunting.

    So what did he do? He moved to Arizona! Before I even arrived, he’d gotten a job, found a house with roommates, and was anxiously awaiting my arrival. To have so much devotion and sacrifice so early on, I knew he was the one. Skip ahead a few months and I have a beautiful ring on my finger, given to me on a hike in the Sedona mountains. We were married in June of 2009 back home where we met, and we’ve been giddy in love ever since.

    I love our story, and I love our love. I’m a lucky girl.

  41. My husband and I met when we were in high school. He was a junior and I was a freshman. He actually lived in my neighborhood. I was 14 years old when we went on our first date to the Snowball Stand. We dated on and off through college and really kept in contact when he went away to basic training with the Army and later when he went to Afganistan/Kuwait/Iraq as well. We have always had a long distance relationship because of our jobs mostly but finally got engaged, married (2009), and then almost 2 years later had our first baby who just turned 1. Oddly enough this past year has been our first year living together as a married couple and because unemployment and the Army it looks like we won’t be living together next year either, however our love story will still continue!

  42. I am crossing my finger for this!! What a great giveaway!

    Our story is quite the same as most until you get to the engagement weekend :) We first met at church in November, Jeff was new in the ward and I was the photo directory person so I got to meet all the new people their first Sunday. I was immediately attracted to Jeff, however he HATES cameras so he didn’t even pay attention to the fact that we talked with a group of people for roughly 10 minutes. A few month later he was sitting by himself in front of me so I knew I could have all his attention. We hit it off and he was all sorts of confused as I knew lots of stuff about him (from our conversation a few months prior) and he couldn’t remember me. We continued to see each other at church events and then a few weeks later he asked me out and it was smooth sailing ever since :) Fast forward a few months and Jeff has a ring and is ready to pop the question. He has this huge weekend of festivities planned, all romantic and amazing. Nothing set in stone as to when he wants to pop the question just figured he would have the ring with him all weekend. Well, sadly, I get sick and am throwing up all weekend. We do one of his events, but I end up throwing up during it twice! (I had no idea he had a ring or that he had any plans at all the rest of the weekend) We head back to my place and he ends up nursing me back to health all weekend. Finally I start feeling better so he takes me for a hike as I said I thought it would be fun because he loves hiking. I’m personally not a fan but I thought it could be an adventure with my love. Well I really hate hiking and forgot how much I truly dispise it. The whole time I was MAD we were hiking, said a few times “This is NOT FUN for me!” Poor guy! He wouldn’t even walk next to me :( Finally we get to the top and I see the gorgeous view and I calm down. He knows my favorite show is The Bachelor, so he brought a rose with him and asks me if I would accept his rose. My heart melts even more. Then he takes me to a different view and finally he pops the question! Needless to say the hike down was WAY more enjoyable!

    Almost 2 years have passed and we have LOVED every minute of being together!

  43. What a fantastic site! I would LOVE to use one of Leah’s designs for my own wedding invitations this fall! My love and I met online. I had just given up on meeting anyone, and then I got a message from this amazing guy. We chatted for a few days before meeting for our first date, which was perfect. 3 days later, I met his entire family at a 4th of July BBQ and we were well on our way to being madly in love. He is an absolute sweetheart and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with him!

  44. Marcela

    Have you ever had the feeling when you start dating someone that this person isn’t for you? Something just didn’t click or make sense? That’s how it was with all the guys I had previously dated, including the one that I had just broken up with as I entered the MTC. Hubs and I met in the MTC in Brazil–he was a teacher and I was a missionary. He had a long-time girlfriend and I had just broken up with someone and obviously neither of us were looking for someone. He was always very nice to everyone in our district and when it came time to go out to the field, he gave us all his contact info to keep in touch (that wasn’t an uncommon thing to do with the teachers at that time). Anyhow, I left on my mission and never heard from him until the end of my mission. I had 2 separate dreams with him towards the end of my mission–one of which he had passed away and I came to his house and was told the news of his passing and was just crying uncontrollably. I told his mom, in my dream, that he had promised me in the pre-mortal existence that he would find me here and we would get married. End of dream. Anyhow, fast forward to the end of my mission and he was still around and available so we started talking and after dating for 5 days, got engaged and 2 years later were married in the Orlando Temple. Our engagement was difficult since I lived in Chile after and then back in the US and he was in Brazil the whole time. That was 7 years ago on Monday and we have 2 beautiful children and expecting a third next month. Our story isn’t a typical love story since it was long distance and the circumstances were different but it’s beautiful to me and I’m so lucky to have him in my life!

  45. Kevin and I met one day when I was pulling an all nighter with a friend at my college, and he was working at the building we were at. I needed a cup of coffee but there were no more cups, so I convinced my friend to go ask him if he knew where any more were. He did not, so we sadly went back upstairs to our studying. Later that night he came and found me and started talking nonstop. While he was there my friend and I started chatting about him on facebook saying how hot he was. After a little while he told me he was going to get coffee and wanted to know if I wanted him to pick me up some too. When he got back with the coffee he played us and sang songs for us and we all hung out all night and into the morning. That morning all 3 of us went for breakfast. After breakfast I gave him my number and I apparently told him multiple times to text me. That evening he told me that he didnt want to waste such a beautiful night so he wanted to spend a nice evening with me. He surprised me with wine and chocolate and we sat by the river under the stars. We started casually dating for 2 months. He kept asking me to be official but I kept saying no. He kept telling me no rush, and shortly the country song “No Rush” by Josh Turner became our song. He was very persistent and finally he gave me an offer I couldnt resist. He asked me out after the school year with a promise ring. Of course I said yes! We became serious very quickly. A month later he told me that he loved me, but I didnt say it back. A month or so after he told me I finally said it while we were sitting on a dock by a lake under the stars. A few months later at that same dock he gave me an adorable speech about a talk him and his grandpa had and began singing our song “No Rush” to me. After singing part of the song he told me that he wanted to rush. That is when he got down on one knee and pulled out a ring. It was the most amazing thing it the world. I still stare at my ring every day to this day because I am so in love with him. He is not only the love of my life but he is my best friend and I am the luckiest girl in the world to have him!

  46. When I was 13, I broke my leg in a horseback riding accident. I was devastated – track season ended early for me, I couldn’t ride, I had to have surgery, and I was stuck in a wheelchair for a while before I could even graduate to crutches. One Saturday afternoon, a boy who rode my school bus came by to see how I was doing. We spent the afternoon hanging out and playing games. After that day, he carried my books between classes and helped me on and off the bus. We grew to be best friends, and eventually started dating. High school kids are sometimes silly, so we were on-again-off-again, but even during the “off” times, he was my best friend.

    We moved to the same place for college, and withing a year we moved in together. We started in a tiny one bedroom apartment, ran a business to support ourselves, got Bachelor’s degrees and started grad school. In May of 2010, we celebrated our love in front front of family and friends. This April will mark 10 years since my accident: possibly the best thing that could have happened to me.

  47. My Husband Eric and I met in Detroit Metro airport at 6am. We both worked for CVS/pharmacy and had joined a special project to travel and set up newly acquired stores. By the end of the first week we both know that we where meant to be together. We traveled for a year all over the US, from South Bend to Chicago to Vegas. After the first month we told the company that we where engaged so that we could room together and so that the company wouldn’t split us up when they reassigned everyone on our team after Christmas. When we returned home Eric moved into my place and we have been together since. We where married in August 2010 and had our daughter in June 2011. Eric took a new job in October and has been in South Dakota while I am in Michigan with our daughter, trying to pack our things and tie up everything with our house. I am finally moving in 2 weeks! I can’t wait to be back together with my husband!

  48. This would be perfect for our 10th (Yikes!!) anniversary in September.
    My husband and I met at a young adult group at our church. My friend/roommate made me go with her because her new boyfriend attended and she wanted to go (and our YA group had recently disbanded due to everyone moving away for college). I had a crush on another guy and became friends with this other guy. He had a cool car. When he finally cut his really long hair, he got the attention of all the girls in the group…and he finally got the nerve to offer to drive me home (under the guise that my friend and her bf could spend some time alone). We had great walks along the beach after group and became friends. I was a little surprised when he went in for the first kiss a few months later. We had our first real date shortly after where he brought me a long stemmed purple (my fav color) rose. Three long years later, we were married. 10 years, 3 moves, and one baby boy later…here we still stand!

  49. I never thought cookies and pictures hanging on the wall would lead to marriage. I have been married for almost 2 years and love my husband more with each passing day.

    My husband Trae and I met at a pub/bar. I had been baking cookies all day and went to grab dinner at this place. (They have great, cheap sandwiches.) Trae was sitting with another friend of mine, Sean. I sat with them and invited them over for freshly baked cookies. My friend “surprisingly” turned down the offer. (By this point, Sean had sent like three text messages telling me to flirt more with Trae!)

    Trae and I walked back to my place to eat cookies. Upon walking into my Italian themed living room, Trae asked if the prints on the wall were of Orvieto, Italy. Turns out he had done the same study aboard trip I had, only a year before I had!! We spent the night pouring over my photo albums, eating cookies, and talking. Who knew that prints that had traveled thousands of miles would bring two people so close together and would lay the foundation for a wonderful relationship and marriage!

  50. Well, it all started when I was 13 and my husband was 14. I still can’t remember exactly how we met, he just starts showing up in the trusty diary :) When I was a freshman in high school, I stole “his” seat in seminary {on purpose, of course} and the rest is history. I liked him from the beginning but we didn’t date until I was 17 {boys don’t get it sometimes, do they?} and he was working before his LDS mission. We dated for 6 months before he left. I wrote him his entire mission and waited and dated…lol. If I was available when he got back, great, if not, great {his words}. I was available and knew I was going to marry him before he did…I let him do the figuring out of that one. We actually got engaged on what would become our second child’s birthday :) It’s been almost 9 years and we have never looked back.

  51. My husband and I met through our friends Al and Emily. My husband went to watch Al bowl on Thursday nights. One night Emily invited me to come along. (I knew that Phil was going to be there, but he didn’t know I was coming) I had just gotten out of a relationship and was not expecting to get into another one. However all day I was nervous about what I was going to wear. I decided to be myself and wear my Brewers jersey. On the way there I was nervous that I had chosen the wrong thing. My nerves quickly went away as he was also wearing a Brewers jersey. He called me the next day and we talked everyday since. Our jerseys also played a huge role in our wedding. Seeing that our love of baseball was one of the first things we had in common, we had a Milwaukee Brewer wedding. I married my best friend and the love of my life. He makes our love story perfect in my eyes.

  52. My new husband and I met 6 years ago while we both worked for a department store. Didn’t care for him but after he left the store we ran into each other at a mutual friends dinner party. After that night we were inseparable! We have been through some really rough times together but we always make it together because of our love. We woke up on 02/29/12 and decided to go to the courthouse and get married! Best decision ever! Now we’re planning a wedding for our family and friends to witness us exchange our vows for them to see! Never been happier!!!!!

  53. My Love Story. Single mom for 10 years (since he was 1!)..Single dad for 5 years. Both only lived 7 miles away for all those years. Met on Match.come..yep, those commercials are true!! God’s plan for us to be together ….but was not aware He uses online dating now to bring people together :) Ha!!
    Tim was different. I felt I could be me. Comfort. Peace. Easy. Never had that before. I had always dated those guys with “red flags” (& didn’t recognize until later)…. but once we had fallen in love and I had the light bulb go off from everyone saying “you’ll know when you know”…oh yeah. NOW I get it. HE is the guy!! And in fact, my 11 year old son said, “Tim, I need to talk to you for a minute”. Love that confidence. Yes! My son asked Tim if he would ask me to marry him. That was true confirmation for us!
    Tim’s dad is a pastor in Pennsylvania and his mom recently passed away & is buried outside the church. We want to honor her there and have a simple wedding with family only..carry her favorite flowers, yellow roses. Jackson,my son will walk me down the aisle (I don’t have a father that is active in my life).
    So we both work from home with our own businesses…his office is upstairs, mine is down. I miss him even then :) Love our Christ centered foundation, his love for my child and devotion to our family. So our love story is just beginning! I’m taking his name April 21st!!! Can’t wait to grow old with my bestie!

  54. My fiance, Moise, and I met through his cousin who was leading a fashion show I was in for an international event at our college. He gave us a ride to McDonalds and while dropping us of at the location of the event, I accidentally left my timberland boots in the backseat of his car, which we now joke was the beginning of our modern day Cinderella story :) It would take 2 years after our meeting though for romance to develop as we became good friends first. Moise was a very patient and a great pursuer! On our 3 year anniversary in August 2011, he proposed to me in a way I will NEVER forget. We are getting married in May and are so excited that our wedding gets to bring together our families as he hasn’t seen his parents in 12 years (due to wars in the Ivory Coast) and I can’t wait to meet them face to face!!!!!

    In our culture ( I’m Kenyan), there is a dowry process to getting “officially engaged” and the groom is responsible for finding people to represent him before the brides parent’s to ask for their daughters hand in marriage. Moises parent’s, via skype, shared the sweetest story to my family of how they have been on a journey searching for a rare and precious pearl for their son. They searched all through the Ivory Coast but found nothing. So then he sent investigators throughout Africa in search of the pearl. They found a hot lead in Kenya but were told the pearl would be found in Richmond, KY ( where my family lives). Richmond in their language means “city of wealth” so they knew they were on to something. And now they have tracked the pearl down in KY and are asking my family for permission to recover the pearl ( me;))

    I can’t wait to marry Moise and to be a part of his family!!! He is the man God has handpicked to love me for the rest of my life and I am honored to be the wife of a man with great integrity, humility and honor ( not to mention he’s a dreamboat!). As a Type A person, Moise brings adventure and spontaneity into my life and I can’t wait for us to write the rest of our story together as husband and wife.

  55. My husband and I met when I was 15 years old. we went to different high schools but he came over every day after school. We started out as friends but when ever I saw him or he called me on the phone I would get butterfly’s in my tummy. After 4 hour long phone calls each night and him coming over everyday he asked me to go to homecoming with him. Of course I said I would and we went that night and that night he asked me to be his girlfriend. we dated for 4 years and got a small apartment together. I was only 17 at the time we moved in together and my husband was 18. He decided to join the Marine Corps so we went our separate ways but stayed close friends. His first duty station was Japan and he would call me at 2 or 3 in the morning for the 4 hour long phone calls again ? He came home on leave and we saw each other again and our love had never died for each other.
    he only had 2 weeks in the states for leave and in the 2 weeks he was home that was all it took for us to fall back in love again.
    Once he went back to Japan to finish his time there we started to get a wedding together. 7 months later he came home on leave again and asked me to marry him at the air port in front of everyone there. 2 days later we got married and the wedding was everything I dreamed of ?
    we now have been married for 2 years and we have 2 beautiful girls ?

    • I dont know why there are question marks in the post I made lol but they are supposed to be ( !!)

  56. Our first meeting came at a party. He came with my ex-boyfriend and I was with someone else. He spent the night chasing around my best friend. Several months later we met again when we were living in the same dorm and our circles of friends started to intersect. He had to ask me out 3 times before I agreed to give him a chance and we’ve been inseparable ever since!

  57. I graduated from BYU twice, single and headed off to have a real job. Having one bad dating experience after another, I decided to be happy single and move on with my life. I bought my own house and a new car and just settled in to enjoying life, when my husband appeared at church. He noticed me his first day there, but I didn’t meet him until a few months later at an activity for singles who were out of college. (I was there with another boy!) We really got to know each other through our callings as Relief Society and Elders Quorum presidents at church and became the best of friends. He even explained his philosophy of dating to me one night, which made it easy for me to chase him once he finally realized he wanted to chase me. We had our first date in June and were married in December! This year we will celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary.

  58. I love my “love story” :) In 2009, I went to Japan for a year to join a team of church planting missionaries, teaching English classes as a way to draw people to the church and teach them about the Lord. Before I left, I knew a little bit about my team, including the fact that there was a single male member. My family and close friends loved to tease me about this, saying he was going to end up being my husband! He was 6 1/2 years older than me, so at first I thought there was no way anything would ever happen between us… and besides, I wasn’t going to Japan to look for a husband, I was going to see if Japan was where God wanted me to serve Him!

    Well, little did I know that I’d be spending almost every day with this guy, working and ministering alongside him… getting to know him quite well! We became really good friends, and I’ll confess I developed a little crush on him not too long after I arrived in Japan. (much to my parent’s delight!) About halfway through my time in Japan, I started feeling a strong calling from God that this was where He wanted me to spend the rest of my life, and I made the decision to pursue a career with this team of missionaries as soon as I returned to Canada. Apparently, this decision caused my single male teammate to see me in a new light and he suddenly started thinking about the possibility of dating me. Meanwhile, my feelings were getting stronger and stronger and I couldn’t wait to see him again each day because I liked him so much. He made me laugh all the time, and yet he was really mature (particularly in his walk with God) and knew how to be serious too. He was so good with people of all ages and made everyone feel special. I just loved to be around him any time I could!

    A few months later while we were on a team camping trip, he worked up the courage to ask me what I thought of the idea of starting a relationship with him. I couldn’t have been more thrilled… or shocked that this was happening and let him know about my “secret” feelings for him. When we returned from our camping trip, we skyped my parents and he asked for permission to start dating me. (sigh… couldn’t have been happier that he took that step! I’m pretty old fashioned and I really appreciated that he respected me and my parents enough to do that!)

    We dated just a few months and then we got separated by an ocean since he left for the States for his furlough, and then a couple months later, I moved back to Canada. I went to visit him, and he came to visit me. We met each others’ families and when he came to Canada, he again he had a talk with my Dad, asking for permission to marry me. I knew what was going on so unfortunately I wasn’t too surprised when he asked me to marry him, but that didn’t matter to me… we were engaged!

    We got married in 2010 and have enjoyed the last year and a half together. Right now we’re working on getting ready to go back to Japan together and starting our ministry there together. I’m so thankful for the gift God has given me and I couldn’t be more blessed. I have an amazing husband and I am so lucky to spend the rest of my life with him!

  59. We were hooked up through my sister, I thought we would just be a fwb, but we have been married for 10 years with a couple of little girls. And its gets better as we go!

  60. My husband Ray and I have been married for 29 years. We first met when I was senior in HS. I was coming out of the chapel at church and I heard someone mocking my high school. I saw this missionary standing against the window and walked up to him and told him off. I then walked out the front door. The mocker was my eventual husband Ray. He says that he was almost scared of me until he asked some people who I was and he heard nice things so he bacame curious. I was accepted at Ricks college in Idaho. He found out and sent in an application for school there. He was return from his mission in July of 82. I saw him a lot at church because he was assigned our ward to serve in. Before he left he came by my car while I was in seminary and left a small smurf on my window and it said “I like you” on a tag. I knew immediately it was from him.

    After he went home from his mission we only spoke two or three times. I was at college having fun and he was North Carolina working and I honestly didn’t think he was going to come out again. When he showed up at my door several days after Christmas of 1982 I was really surprised but also scared. I already knew he was the one but I didn’t think I was ready to settle down. We went to a new years eve party with friends but I kinda ditched him. He tells me now that he doesn’t remember it that way. He said he had a wonderful nite with me. He left for school the next morning and I went back up several days later. When I got to the dorm room there was 1 dozen white roses waiting for me. That was what sealed the deal for our friendship. From that point on we ate together every day, he would walk me to my classes and even attended a few, my roommates loved him and he did anything they wanted him to. He even let them use his car to drive down to Utah for the day. We would go to the Friday nite dances and he would be in the middle and myself and 4 of my roommates would dance around him. He use to say that he got 5 for the price of 1. We still keep in touch with a couple of them.

    In April of 83 Ray wanted to go the LDS Temple in Idaho Falls. Ray’s roommate, my roommate and her boyfriend and I came with him. He and his roommated went to do a session and the rest of us went to the library to study. We headed back to the temple but they weren’t finished. In the visitor center we were asked if we wanted to watch a movie and we said yes. They put on a movie about a couple eloping to Las Vegas to be married against everyone’s opinion. They changed thier mind when they say how scary Las Vegas was and waited to get married in the Temple. I laughed the whole way thru because of having lived in Las Vegas all of my life.
    When Ray came out he asked me to walk with him around the temple grounds. We came to a bench and I sat down and Ray got on one knee and spoke about how much he loves me and would like to spend our life together and be married in the St. George Temple. Then when he said will you marry me – i burst out laughing. The movie had zipped thru my thoughts at the same time he asked and just laughed. I apologized several times and then I put my hands on his cheeks and said I would be honored to marry him. We were married on June 24, 1983. Since then we have had 3 children 1 girl and 2 boys. We also have 2 grandchildren that we are adopting and have had since birth. 2 girls, one is 8 and was just baptized, the other one is 6 and is is the process of losing all her teeth at once it seems. Ray and I have lived thru tight financial times and flush financial times, we have lived in 4 homes and lost one to foreclosure, our oldest daughter had 3 children with the same man but we have raised the 2 oldest which has been a great joy in our lives. She had a son that she gave up to adoption thru the church and he went to a wonderful home. We have been able to take the girls and have them sealed to us for all eternety. It was so beautiful to see them standing in the doorway all dressed in white waiting to be called over to us. It was amazing. Our oldest daughter now lives in Louisianna with her new husband and we wish her well, our 2nd born is a son. He is 24 and he has a lot of health problems and lives with us right now. Our youngest son is 22 and works at a great job but has not moved out yet. None of our oldest are active but they know the church is true but feel that with things that they are doing would not be welcome back which thier dad and know is not true. We have weathered Ray’s diabetes and his heartattach that almost took him from us. We have weathered my breast cancer, 3 strokes, and a few other lovely health acares thru the years but I am so grateful I met him that day and that Heavenly Father prompted me to talk to him again. Our blessings are great and wo are our family and friends. I look forward to meeting what comes with his hand in mine.

  61. Ours is a l…o…n…g story. And my husband really tells it the best. In short it goes like this:
    Him: Living and working in DC
    Me: Living and working in Utah, considering a move to DC
    Us: Email/pen pals for months before ever talking on the phone. Never saw a pic of one another either.He thinks I am a hippie/granola with a pixie hair cut.
    Me: Fly to DC for and job interview
    Him: Picks me up at airport where we see each other for the first time. Sees I am not a hippie/granola but quite the opposite, the pixie was grown out by now.
    Us: Spend the week together and know we are made for each other
    Then two years of dating, moving, flying back and forth, inaugural balls and gasp…beauty pageants.
    Him:Proposes at the top of the US Capitol Dome
    Me: Said Yes
    Us: Married on St. Patrick’s Day in SLC LDS Temple, Honeymoon in Jamaica and live in Arlington, VA. Six years, two cars and three apartments later we are still in VA and now have a toddler who we love more than we can say.

  62. I wasn’t going to even consider dating him because he is four years younger. He turned out to be very smart, charismatic, chivalrous, caring… Just an all around great guy. Turns out he’s everythIng I have ever wanted and I love him so much for everything he is. I look forward to his return from Afghanistan so we can continue Our Story.

  63. I have loved reading all the stories! My husband and I have known each other for a long time: almost 20 years! (We were married in our 30’s) Our story starts back in high school when I was active in church and Michael would sit in the back row. If anyone would have told us then that we would one day marry each other, we both would have laughed out loud in disbelief! I was a goodie-two-shoes, and he was a “bad boy.”

    Well, after several years of both of us being at different places, the Lord led us both back to the church where we grew up. Our singles class wanted to go to a camp for a singles weekend retreat. This annual retreat is something that I have been to many times, and this year I really didn’t want to go, so I made plans to double-date with a different guy and my sister and my brother-in-law and watch a college football game. As the weekend drew nearer, I did not have peace about the plans I had made. I called my “guy friend” and family and apologize for cancelling, but I knew that I was supposed to be at the retreat.

    The story doesn’t end there though! :) I drove straight to camp after work and walked in to the dining hall just as dinner had started. I walked up to the hostess and asked her where I could sit, and she pointed out an empty chair by the door. That chair was right next to my husband! He turned and said, “HI,. ESTHER!” with the biggest smile on his face! I was caught a little off guard because I remembered his last name, but I could not for the life of me remember his first name, so I confessed that I didn’t know it. He started talking to me during dinner, and kept talking. After dinner, we were standing in the parking lot, and he said, “Meet me for coffee tomorrow morning at 7.” My mouth hit the proverbial floor!!! HE TOLD ME WHAT TO DO! That is what caught my attention… he didn’t ask, “So, do you think you could possibly consider, would perhaps be willing, maybe meeting me tomorrow morning, if you want…” :) Michael had guts to flat out tell me to meet him! I remember somehow acknowledging that I would. Michael says that he didn’t think I would be there and that he was shocked when he saw me the next morning waiting. I was intrigued by this man, and I wanted to find out more about him. The rest of the weekend was spent finding out that he met 32 out of 33 things that I had listed I wanted in a husband… we were married 10 months later!

  64. My husband and I met my second semester in college, I had just transferred to a different university. It was the end of my orientation day and was just leaving in my dad’s truck that I was borrowing, when surprise, it wouldn’t turn on (at this point, I didn’t have a cellphone with me). Well up comes a car and to guys get out to come help, so I hop out of my truck (he always tells me about how much it shocked him that little me jumped out of the big truck). Anyway, he works on the truck for a little and it finally starts working. We say our goodbyes, I say thank you and I’m on my way out. Well not even a mile down a one lane road, the truck just stops again, and my luck he was going the same direction and was behind me. He ends up stopping and calling AAA whilst finally getting my number. (We always joke that it was meant to be that it stopped for the 2nd time).

    Flash forward a week later. My dads car stalls about 10 miles away from the house and he starts walking home down a busy road. Of all people to pick him up and take him home is my future husband, and they hadn’t even met yet!

    If that doesn’t shout fate, I don’t know what does.

  65. I had always believed that I would meet my husband in church…and that’s what happened. Apparently the first time we met was uneventful because I don’t remember it at all! But one day some months later I noticed him and said to my best friend “that’s the guy for me”. He became part of our circle of friends and we started to get to know each other, and started dating a little while later. Eighteen months after our first date we got married. Our love story is still being written through the highs of two children arriving to the lows that life sometimes deals out. But one thing is sure, I love my darling more than the day I married him and am happy to be writing our story together.

    • Not sure how the second “i” got into my name!

  66. Thanks! I met my husband on match.com! We met at Old Chicago and have been together ever since. We have been married almost four years now!

  67. I just married my wonderful husband last month! We are met online, plentyoffish.com. He wasn’t what I was looking for with three kids from his first marriage, but God knew he was perfect for me. From the time we started talking on the phone and through text I knew he was different, special. He is such an amazing man who loves Jesus and I couldn’t imagine my life without him. Little did I know 14 years ago when I was in high school raising my sister, God was preparing me to become a step-mom. I am so blessed to have my wonderful husband and children. The 28th will be 11 months since we met and a little over a month since we said I DO!

  68. My husband and I met in college. He was a very shy person when we first met, but eventually we became very good friends. He was dating someone else, and i was too. Those relationships never worked out for either of us, we knew we liked each other, but he wouldn’t ask me out. I waited for some time until he finally asked. He always treated me with respect, and then he took me to the John Hancock building to ask me to be his girlfriend, we had fun and we finally got engaged after 2 years of dating. We have been married for 7 years now, and it has been amazing to share each day with the man that loves me even with all my imperfections.

  69. The first time I remember “seeing” the hubs, was when he gave a talk in sacrament meeting (about mothers I think – which is ironic, and a whole other story). I was there with my friend Tammy and leaned over to her and whispered “I’m marrying that one!”. That was followed by an unfortunate incident with a flight of stairs, a walking boot, mocking the walking boot, asking a friend of a friend for my phone number – and finally a 1st date. Next November, we will celebrate our 20th anniversary. CRAZY! (Thanks for the chance to win! I love your work!)

  70. Love Story! Love em!! My husband and I met online on LDSchat.com. We chatted online for a while and really hit it off. Then we talked on the phone. Then we met in person and neither of us were really attracted to the other but our personalities really hit it off. We became great friends, then ended up dating, then drifted apart, dated other people while still staying great friends, dated again with him choosing another girl, hurt hearts, still good friends, etc. I graduated college and moved home to find a job. He realized how much he missed me when I wasn’t just an hour way. He was driving truck at the time so arranged to have deliveries where I was in Ca. He expressed how he wanted to date me, but I told him he needed to get his life in order. Well, the amazing man he is, he totally changed, pursued me hard core, wrote letters, called, etc. When I moved back to his area because of a job I got, he ‘helped’ me find housing near him. :o ) Needless to say, eventually we began dating, got engaged on my 29th birthday and were married a little over 4 years after meeting. It’s been 8 wonderful years of marriage with ups and downs and I wouldn’t want to spend them with anyone else. He is my love, sweetheart, my other half and best friend.

  71. My husband are part of that statistic that 1 in four meet online. Each of us on a whim placed profiles on match.com. Ironically both of us were nearing the time of almost giving up. He clicked on my profile in August 2008 we spent the next two months emailing, texting, and talking on the phone. Which built a fantastic foundation for us. We had our first date in October. Again it would take two months for our second date to happen. But it was that second date that convinced me I wanted to see him more and more. my husband has been in a career change lately and going to college for the first time at 36 and although it is not always easy it just proves to me that he is the person I am happy to be spending the rest of my life with. :)

  72. A phone center romance :) My husband and I both worked in the same phone center when we were in college for years, and knew of each other but I NEVER thought I would date him. He dated bratty girls and I thought he may or may not be aq bit snotty….He stopped dating the worst of one of those girls, and one day came over handed me my phone and said “your phone is full!”. Why did he care? :) I deleted some people in my phone and didnt think much of it. I never saw him touch my phone again. A few weeks later I received a text that said, “What are you doing up so late?” Taken by suprise, since I was up (feeling a little stalked, just kidding a little giddy) we text back and forth. We found out we both loved the same pastimes, music (one of those artists being peter brienholt). We started hanging out and it was just meant to be. We just loved each other and were not only in love, but we were best friends who did everything together (still do to this day!). We had to really fight for our love as he had parents who didnt believe in our religion and lots of issues we had to learn how to deal with in our families, but we did it! We dated a year and a half and then were engaged on St Patricks Day of 2006. We were “lucky” in love and celelbrate that day as our engageaversary. We are so happy to have each other and to come across this most uncommon love, in the most common of places at work. So happy to have my best friend as my companion and don’t know what I would do without him! ?

  73. My husband and I grew up across the street from each other. We have known each other from middle school. In high school, I dated a lot, and everytime I got my heart broken, he was there to listen, and just sit with me. In May of 2001, we started dating. If you saw one of us, the other wasn’t far away. He proposed in September of 2004, and we got married May 15th, 2004, exactly 3 years from our first date. We bought a house, and then April of 2011, we welcomed our baby boy!!! We have been together for almost 11 years, and about to celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary. I always wanted to have that boy next door story when I was dating in high school, little did I know, that would be my love story.

  74. Our love story began as a friendship in high school. It all started when we were 15 and 16 years old. We saw each other 6 days a week, sometimes 7. We went to school together, church together, and hung out with friends together on the weekends. We were such close friends, but neither of us thought of dating until I went away to college. I told him that one of my goals in life is to never have my heart broken. Neither of us had ever been in a relationship before; so he pursued me from a distance and we kept our friendship as strong as ever. He told me he liked me at Baptist Brownie Bake-off Sunday (a church function. I told him I wasn’t sure how I felt, but I would pray about it. 4 months later (which felt like a lifetime to him), he took me and my sister on a roadtrip for my 19th birthday. That night I told him I liked him too and we shared our first hug on my couch with a pillow between us. lol. We dated for 11 months and grew closer and closer together with every passing day. On my 20th birthday, he proposed on bended knee at a park at sunset. Our family was ecstatic! We were married just 5 months later on July 16, 2011 and shared our very first kiss EVER at the altar. I have grown to love my husband more than I could ever imagine loving anyone and as we seek God’s will for our future, my love grows stronger for both God and my husband. God has blessed us immensely and all glory goes to Him for the love we have for each other.

    There are so many more details to our love story that simply won’t fit in this message. The website attached is our wedding website with more details about our relationship. But the point is: I love my husband and I love our love story! <3

  75. My sweets and I met 20 years ago and will be married 19 yrs this July. We were friends (BFF’s) before going out and one day I was sick and he heard God tell him to look after me. And he has ever since… Our wedding song was “if there hadnt been you” by Billy Dean. We have 4 children and one is a brain injury survivor and almost 3 years after his accident our son now lives with epilepsy also- where the stress of a child with an illness or condition can sometimes destroy a marriage– it strengthened ours. We also work together daily on our farm! Even after 19 yrs he is my first Thot in the morning, last Thot at night and my heart skips when I see him walking across the yard- he is my husband and my very best friend.

  76. Our story is not your typical girl next door, we grew up together and I ended up dating other boys … STUPID! I’d always had a crush on him :) He’s the perfect man for me, filling all my spaces :) We went through big ups and downs and lots of emotional things before our relationship was solid enough for either of us to know it was going somewhere.

  77. The Summer of 2000, my husband & I were both turning 14 & just entering high school. We went to different schools but were in the same Summer School P.E. Class. One of my friends had a crush on him in the beginning of the semester so I didn’t pay much attention to him since he was already “taken.” That friend ended her crush because he hardly talked to her (that boy was a bit on the shy side:)) & at that same day, I found out he was LDS & in my stake. And I thought, “Heeeeeeeey…”:D When my mom picked me up from school that day, I declared “I have found the man I am going to marry!!!” Little did we all know… :)

    So after a bit of stalking him all Summer & with the help of mutual friends, he found I liked him. And DIDN’T run in the opposite direction!:D From then on, we became best friends & officially started dating when we were 16. At that time, both of our families moved, not intending on living 2 blocks away from each other:) So we ended up going to the same high school, making us inseparable up until he left to serve a mission in Mexico. After the longest 2 years of MY life, he came home & still liked me!:D And I still very much liked him… We were married 2 months later in the Mesa, AZ Temple.

    5 years later, that same little boy I loved from Summer school is now the most amazing father to our almost 3 children (#3 is due any day!:D), my best friend & my eternal companion… And I am so glad I stalked him those 12 years ago!;) Turns out I wasn’t such a silly 14 year old girl after all…

  78. My husband and I met on a blind date about 9 years ago! We were set up by friends who thought we’d both get along due to our love of basketball (he’s a coach and I grew up in a family of sports fanatics). Our friends were right…we stayed up the whole night talking, going on walks, and sharing our lives up to that point. We capped it off by making breakfast and reading the paper together after the sun came up. We joked that we were already like an old married couple! The next week, he met my parents…and the rest is history!

  79. Our story began in third grade, my husband moved to my elementary school. We didn’t become friends until high school though (elementary and junior high boys are so immature!). We were best friends in high school and lost touch a year after graudation. We ran into each other at a bar two years ago, dated a year, and have now been married nine months! I am married to my best friend!

  80. Our love story was much like yours. We were friends first and just hung out. He was even dating someone when we first met. Flash forward a few months and we decided that we were more than just friends. Jump forward a little bit more and we were still together after 2 break-ups. We just couldn’t be without each other so we decided we should get married. Here we are almost 6 years later with three beautiful boys and our forever family! I am so glad we kept getting back together :) He is still my best friend and I love him dearly.

  81. What a beautiful idea!

    My husband and my love story started in 2005. We were both members of a web forum; having come from a very pro-military family, I noticed the profile of this handsome Marine. I had no plans of meeting him, let alone dating him but when I saw that he was scheduled to ship out to Iraq, I wanted to thank him for his service. So, I sent him a simple message expressing my gratitude for his service. He responded and we started corresponding back and forth. A week before he was scheduled to deploy, Jimmy asked me if he could come to my parents house to meet me. I agreed. I remember the first time I saw him in person, I couldn’t keep my eyes off of his deep dimples. To this day they still melt my heart. After a fun-filled weekend, Jimmy asked me if I would wait for him to come back… I said yes. We wrote letters back and forth during that deployment and 7 months later I attended his homecoming in Camp Lejeune, NC. After this deployment we officially started dating. Dating long-distance is not for the faint of heart. I lived in Pennsylvania and he lived in North Carolina… and EVERY weekend he would leave on Friday and drive 8 hours to my home. We would spend the weekend together and then Sunday afternoon he would leave and drive 8 hours back. My Mom said he was crazy… and I’d agree, crazy about me. His sacrifice on numerous fronts have left me never doubting this man’s love and dedication to our relationship. He truly is my best friend, my hero… and my husband. We were married on August 16, 2008. Shortly after my husband once again answered duty’s call and deployed to Afghanistan. Hugging him goodbye was the hardest thing I ever did… I don’t think anyone can truly understand the cost of freedom, until the cost requires the one person that means the most to you. I survived yet another 7 month deployment… and once again, by the grace of God, was blessed to welcome him home. Life has not been easy for us… but love has. Everyday I count myself blessed to call Jimmy mine… and to look into the face of our little boy with pride, hoping and praying that someday he makes a young lady as happy as his Daddy has made me. <3

  82. I was working at the credit union, and my manager told me that he was going to “hire me a husband” Little did he know that it would really happen. I kept my eye on all the people he interviewed, and I still remember what my husband was wearing when he came into the credit union for his interview.

  83. My Story with my husband is WAY to long to put in a little box, but I guarantee you it’s movie/romantic book worthy. As a matter of fact, I am slowly writing the book!

    Synopsis:

    We met as young adults, in a church surrounded by friends. At the beginning we were just friends, but a trying time in my life a true friend quickly becomes a true love. As the love blossoms we discover we’ve been together our whole lives. Childhood churches, the boy down the street I was too shy to meet, and discoveries of each other in home pictures and home videos! Truly Soul Mates designed by God. 10 years of true love, but a lifetime together! True Story.

    Hope you are intrigued!!! <3

  84. We met the summer I turned 17. We lived on opposite sides of the country and knew was unlikely to work out, but we gave it a try anyway. I went to university and he stayed in his hometown to work. He travelled twice a year to visit me and the rest of the time we made it work over the phone and skype. Five years later I finished my degree and moved to his side of the country. We were married November 25th, 2011 and our 1st year wedding anniversary will be our 10th year together. I believe in love and fate…

  85. I love your work! Our love story started online in May of 2000 when i wrote to a handsome American named Steve (on a Christian match making website) with the intention of finding pen pals around the world! I didn’t have a photo online yet so he wrote me graciously not knowing what I looked like, and I was very impressed when he wrote goodbye to me as he was leaving the website to meet someone. (not one single guy ever said goodbye before they just stopped writing!)
    Anyways, just 3 months later, as I remained on the website & even got my picture on my profile, a guy named Steve wrote to me saying he liked my photo & oh my goodness – it was that same Steve! The rest is history. We got engaged on our 2nd visit. LOL. Our 12th wedding Anniversary is May.20.2012

  86. Our story begins in a small (itty bitty) town in Iowa where parents came from all over the county (b\c the town was too small for just them) to bring their kids to play T-ball. My mom signed my sister and I up on a T-ball team and all I remember is meeting a new family with three boys. Noah, Jacob, and Isaac were their names. Their father was our (sis & I) coach. Jacob and Isaac were on our T-ball team and our families met for the first time. Soon our mothers became best friends and I remember going to their house for Sunday dinners after church….well, soon the boys started coming to the small Christian school in our area. Elementary School went by with boys picking on the girls and a mean valentine I sent to the youngest boy, Isaac.
    Reading::
    “Dear Isaac,
    I know we hate each other, but my mom is making me send this.
    Happy Valentine’s Day.
    -Libby 4th grade”
    Middle School came and our teacher knew we did not “get along”. So, what better way for her classroom to be quiet then to put us beside each other? We began writing notes and soon our notes turned into phone calls and soon our phone calls turned into house visits. Then one night the boy asked the girl out (for the 5th time) and finally at the ages of 16, the two began dating. High School was beautiful days filled with many state titles in track (the boy can run) and volleyball accolades…

    Soon the boy and girl found themselves going to college and the girl went to a University in the Minneapolis area to play volleyball, but missed her love.

    So, then the two transferred to the same college – ended up getting married after their sophomore year (yeah, crazy) and graduated from college in 2011. Now they have been married for three years and are trying to start their family and trusting God He will write the rest with love and humor. ?

  87. I’ve been married 9 months and 4 days to the man of my dreams. Our story is a little different than most. It was under extenuating circumstances that we were brought together.

    I was married for 15 years to a wonderful man, with whom I had 3 awesome children. It was in August of 2010 that he passed away from cancer at the age of 37. I was left a 34 year-old widow with 3 kids. Fast forward several months to when my best friend (of 13 years) invited me out to her parents’ place to watch the Superbowl. She introduced me to her brother Eric who I knew had never been married (he was 41). Ironically, over the years, I had gotten to know most of her entire family, except for Eric. He asked me out a few weeks later :) Once we started dating, we were inseparable. We dated for a whole 5 weeks, then he asked me to marry him. We were married 5 weeks later!!

    I was obviously devastated when my husband passed away. Once I started dating again, I knew that there was no way that I was going to be able to find someone who had all the attributes that I was looking for in a future spouse. But once I found Eric, all my wants and dreams came true. He, on the other hand, had always wanted to get married and have a family. He had pretty much given up on ever finding that until he met me. Then he got a wife and a family all at once!! So between my kids and I going through such a terrible loss, and Eric having given up on ever finding love, we are both so very blessed and lucky to have found each other. I don’t take anything for granted because I know that life can change in an instant. I am so lucky to be married to my best friend and I love him more than anything.

  88. Written by Michael:

    “How We Met:

    We first met on September 11, 2011 on a Sunday morning. When I first saw Jennifer, see was chatting with one of the members of the bishopric. I had to see more, so I walked by “on my way to the drinking fountain” and made a mental note to get to know this girl.

    An hour later, as we went into our Sunday school class, I was one of the first in the room, and I sat in a desk (we meet in the science building at BYU). A few others came in and sat on the opposite side of the room, and then Jennifer came in. She came and sat down next to me! She didn’t say much, we did the usual “hi what’s your name, where are you from” routine, and then class started.

    We both did the obligatory Facebook stalk that afternoon when we got home from church. We saw each other at a short church event that evening, and chatted a little. We went our separate ways, for about 20 minutes. Almost as soon as I got home, she added me as a Facebook friend and immediately invited me over to eat crepes (they are these little thin, Frenchy, pancake things). I went. I had fun.

    Our first date was to Dairy Queen, after work one night. On the way home, I let her control the radio (not in my nature), and the first song she turned on was “Blue Clear Sky” by George Strait, and I knew I needed to get to know her a bit more. We spent hours sitting on my couch listening to music that night.

    And that is how a Wyoming cowboy meets and falls in love with a Georgia peach.

    How he proposed:

    I walked Jennifer up Provo Canyon in the snow (the silly girl wore Crocs). Once we had walked about a quarter mile along the river (and her feet were nearly blue), I informed her that we had met each other 4 months earlier (nearly to the minute) and to celebrate, I had made something for her. I took my phone out of my pocket and played her this video (see below). She did not realize what was happening until I dropped down to my knee and asked “Jennifer Elaine Harrell, will you marry me?” In hindsight, I wish I would have asked her something terribly random, because I know she did not really hear what I had said, it would have made a great story for the kids.

    I don’t think she ever did say yes, but the rapid nodding of the head and jumping all around excitedly told the story.

    We didn’t linger long and we hurried back to the truck and the heater. Life is good…”

  89. My Best Friend

    Our Love Story began before we even met, and was designed by God. We HAD to meet, and He was going to make sure of it.

    Hi, my name is Melissa Nelson. In December of 2006 I moved home from Provo, Utah in order to pull myself out of a bad relationship. I had been attending Brigham Young University since Fall of 2004. During this time, I had also obtained my Cosmetology degree at a nearby academy. By July 2007, I was enjoying my salon job in Issaquah, Washington; I had made new friends, and I had created a wonderful new life for myself. I had no desire, or reason, to return to Utah at all. My sister and her fiance were packing up for their return to BYU, and it was a week before they would leave. Suddenly, I started feeling really terrible like I was making the wrong choice and that I needed to go back to Utah. I tried to talk myself out of it, but a few days before my sister was set to leave, I prayed real hard and felt so strongly -as crazy as it was- that I had to go back. I called up my boss, explained that I had to leave, found last minute housing online, packed up my stuff, and in no time I was on my way!

    Hi, my name is Doug Nelson. In June of 2006, I returned from serving a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As the oldest of 4 children, with a 17-year gap between myself & my youngest sister, my parents weren’t able to help me financially as much as they would have liked, and I hated to be a burden. As a result, I had decided to become an RA (Resident’s Assistant) for Brighman Young University, where I attended school. I spent Fall of 2007-Summer 2007 as an RA in the Helaman Halls freshmen dorms. Come Summer 2007, I was all set to be an RA the next year as well. This time, in some newer off-campus dorms. It was two weeks before Fall semester was about to begin when suddenly I had this overwhelming feeling that I wasn’t supposed to be an RA. I had no other job lined up and if I quit this job, I would not be able to afford housing or schooling this year. I tried to convince myself that being an RA was the right thing to do. However, when I prayed about it, I knew I was wrong. It took a lot of faith, but I felt so strongly I had to quit that I did. Within a week, I had been hired to teach Spanish at the Provo MTC and had moved into an apartment with a buddy of mine, just south of campus. I felt so blessed. But I had no idea that my true blessing was yet to come.

    Fall of 2007, Doug & Melissa found themselves in the same BYU student ward. At the time, Melissa had no interest in guys (in fact, she was ANTI guys) & Doug was infatuated with Melissa’s roommate, Emily. In order to get to know Emily better, Doug had decided to be friends with her roommates. Doug & Melissa became friends on facebook. Melissa was working from home at the time, cutting hair from her kitchen. Thinking nothing of it, Melissa gave Doug her business card with her phone number on it so that he could come get a haircut from her (which he did). Doug spent a lot of time at Melissa’s house, even volunteering to help Melissa with her dreadful American Heritage homework. The more time he could spend at Emily’s house, the better. However, as time progressed, it became apparent that Emily had no interest in Doug. But Doug & Melissa did not stop hanging out. Late night walks & chats seemed to be a normal thing.

    Doug & Melissa had become such good friends, that Doug started to realize he had feelings for her. Melissa was in denial, convinced that relationships were a waste of time. But Doug suspected Melissa had feelings for him too, so he devised a plan. Doug started talking about another girl in the ward, asking Melissa for advice; should he ask this girl out sometime? Melissa brushed it off and told him to just ask her out if he was really interested. But after Melissa went home that night she realized something… She was jealous. And this is exactly what Doug was hoping she would realize. Their friendship had turned into something more. November 13th, 2007, Doug & Melissa officially started dating as boyfriend & girlfriend.

    That winter break, Melissa took a trip with Doug to his home town in California, where they got to visit Disneyland together. While they were there, they stopped by the wishing well and each made a wish. Little did they know, they both wished the same wish & it was about to come true. January 26th, 2008 Doug proposed to Melissa, and just a few short months later, on June 27th, 2008, they were married for time & all eternity in the Salt Lake City LDS temple.

    Doug is currently employed with the U.S. Army. He & Melissa are enjoying life’s adventures together, taking in each day one at a time.

    Our Love Story may have began before we met, but it hasn’t ended yet. Marriage doesn’t end at the alter, it takes work & dedication to keep your friendship alive. We fall more and more in love with each other every day!

  90. Our story began when a regular coffee drinker at the resturant I worked at asked me to go dancing. 4 days later we spent 48 hours together and never even held hands. It was the moment I knew God designed him just for me. He respected, honored, and hung on my every word, as I did him. He proposed at surise on his father’s empty property with a ring from the gumball machine. During our courtship he wrote a poem to me titled, I am a Terry a’holic. We married 8 months later in a costume wedding. He was my knight in shining armor waiting for me at the alter. 12 years and 4 children later we are still hanging on each other’s every word.

  91. HI! This is my husband and mines fairy tale story I am from a small town in Minnesota, and i had just finished up my last semester in college ( child development) During that summer my brother ( who was stationed out in California for the USMC) had asked me if i wanted to come down for the summer to watch my niece who was turning 2. I had never been there so i figured why not, that would be sooo much fun! So i was headed out there at the end of may.
    Well when i had gotten out there i had met my brother work partner Coy, who was from Texas. ( My husband! him and my brother were Military police, and worked together) I had seen him before when we would web cam with my brother, and talked to him just a bit, but this was my first time meeting him.
    That night was amazing! We played cards together, did tongue twisters and talked the night away. It was so effortless to be with him, from that moment on i knew i had found something in him, something that i was always looking for.
    We started out becomming friends (even though we both like eachother) He showed me around California, took me to the fair, we went to the beach together and so on. Then more we did things together the more i was falling in love with him.
    We officailly started dating about two months later, and it was like nothing ive ever experienced before. I always told him he was like the song “some kind of wonderful :)
    Sadly as time went on, i was only suppose to be our in California for the summer, but i had pushed it to Oct. And now it was time to go back to Minnesot. Well my husband “still boyfriend at the time” had came back with me to meet my family. They all had loved him, and at that time we had told my father that i was planning to move back down to california to live with him. We had it set up that in dec. ( 5 months after we started dateing) i would move from Minnesota to California, and we would get an appt together.
    So my husband flew back to CA and i anxiously waited the month and a half. My twin sister helped me move my things down to CA, we drove straight though down there!
    And we started living our lives happily together, and then on our one year anniversary my husband took me to the Queen Mary ship (now used as a hotel) for the weekend. On the date of our one year, he proposed :D And less than a month later we were married!
    Now we are comming up on being together for 3 yrs this summer. My husband has gotten out the the military and we moved back to Texas, where he is from, been here for almost a year. ( quite the change from California, and esp. Minnesota!) And Earlier this fall we welcomed a new addition to our family, a beautiful baby girl.
    I went from a small town in MN to CA to TX, and my life has completely change. I tell my husband that it was fate. I know that i am truly blessed to have him, and i tell him that always! I will never get tired of telling people our story because to me it is an amazing one :)

  92. I met my husband on a blind date. It was to a formal Valentine’s dance at an art museum. “Strangers in the Night.” We left the dance holding hands. :)

    Then about three years later and two missions in between, we had our wedding reception at that same art museum where it all started! (He also proposed there).

    Definitely, a special time!

  93. I think this is cool! My story began in Anchorage, AK. I was in the US Army stationed at Ft. Richardson. I only had 6 months left when now my husband arrived. We became friends but never dated. When I had to leave because I was being transferred, I was so anxious to leave that I forgot to say bye. Got stationed in Ft. Rucker, AL and we would keep in touch every few months. He eventually would call me to find out how I was doing because he would feel through the distance that I was sad without me saying anything. So for a moment I thought this man is psyco lol. Someone told me that’s how soulmates are, they feel each other. So 2 1/2 years later I took a trip to Alaska to where I said I would never go again even if they paid me $1,000,000 to see him. 1 1/2 months later he came to Orlando, FL to see me and after he was at the airport to leave he stayed behind on purpose so we could get married the next day. This year will be our 8th anniversary and with 2 kiddos. Still so in love with him.

  94. I think this is cool! My story began in Anchorage, AK. I was in the US Army stationed at Ft. Richardson. I only had 6 months left when now my husband arrived. We became friends but never dated. When I had to leave because I was being transferred, I was so anxious to leave that I forgot to say bye. Got stationed in Ft. Rucker, AL and we would keep in touch every few months. He eventually would call me to find out how I was doing because he would feel through the distance that I was sad without me saying anything. So for a moment I thought this man is psyco lol. Someone told me that’s how soulmates are, they feel each other. So 2 1/2 years later I took a trip to Alaska to where I said I would never go again even if they paid me $1,000,000 to see him. 1 1/2 months later he came to Orlando, FL to see me and after he was at the airport to leave he stayed behind on purpose so we could get married the next day. This year will be our 8th anniversary and with 2 kiddos. Still so in love with him.

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