Monday, December 10, 2012

Our Story

One of many profile pics
In desperation, she signed up for an LDSSingles account.  A PAID one. *gasp*

The first profile pic I saw

In desperation, he signed up for an LDSSingles account.  A PAID one. *gasp*

She just wanted to talk to some adults for once.

He thought she would make good practice for when he really started dating.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

On January 20, 2012, he sent her a message remarking on how interesting it was that they were nearly perfect matches on the compatibility profile, and how he had family in Thatcher.  Coincidence? Well...

Thus began the journey.  Messages were sporadic at first. I have a test today, she'd say.  I'm going to a hockey game tonight, he'd say.  They exchanged names.  They exchanged numbers.  They chatted on messenger.   They chatted on video. (He was wearing a red shirt and had just had his hair cut the first time!)

She really liked him.  REALLY liked him.  A LOT.

He really liked her.  REALLY liked her.  A LOT.

She found out how fresh he was off a divorce, decided she didn't want that drama right now and just wanted to be friends.  She managed, for perhaps the first time in all history (or at least her history) to truly put a man she was attracted to on the "just friends" shelf.  She started dating other men.

They still chatted.  He still called.  He always enjoyed their conversations.  She was always happy to hear from him.

She got tired of having so many men interested in her.  (I know it's hard to imagine.)  She wanted to choose one.  But whom should she choose?  Men kept coming out of the woodwork!

She narrowed and whittled.  She debated and questioned.

He patiently waited.

She wanted to meet this other guy she was dating, and they were meeting in Utah, but she would have a couple days before he arrived due to other arrangements.  Could she maybe meet Seth while she was up there?  Yes, he'd love to meet her.  Just as friends, of course. Silly girl.

July 4th, 2012.  They met in a park.  He was there with his kids.  (He was wearing an orange shirt, FYI.)

My view from the ground at a tree in the park
It was a little awkward.  Just a little.

He introduced his (adorable!) kids.  They warmed up pretty quickly!  They all spent the afternoon together until the kids' nap time.  Then he dropped them off with their mother.  Seth invited Arienne over.

He rocked her to sleep!
Arienne was falling in love.

He played guitar for her. She swooned inside. (Who doesn't like a musician?)

He took her to dinner.  They laughed and talked.  He took her to USU campus.  They talked and laughed some more.  He showed her Michael Ballam's office. (So cool!!!)  They walked around, Seth acting as her personal tour guide.

She was fighting it and losing.

They found a hill on campus overlooking the Logan temple.  When it became dark, fireworks started going off right over the temple.
See?  Awesome!!

She fought it harder. (She was meeting another man the next day! Giminy.)

He finally took her back to her car.  They hugged good night.
The next two days were the vacation from the Netherworld.

She unexpectedly had two more days to kill by herself before she could take the kids home.

Call Seth.

What? No!  It felt weird.

Call Seth.


Call Seth.

Okay!  Fine!

Okay, fine! Hehehe

Can she come see him again?  Absolutely!

He had his kids for the weekend.  (There isn't much that is more attractive than a man having fun with his kids, and handling them well, too.)

She fell harder.

He had to be with his kids that night.  She found herself thinking about him all night.  What was going on with her?

He invited her to church with him the next day.  She happily accepted.

The kids were happy to see her.  She was happy to see Seth.  (He wore a dark green suit.  Nothing like a man in a suit. Hubba hubba!)
First picture together

The hymn started.  She heard him sing.  She heard their voices blend together so very beautifully.

That was it.  She was in love.

That night he kissed her.  It was beautiful and perfect.

It took me about two weeks to disentangle myself from the other men in my life.  But I distinctly remember the moment I knew he was the man I wanted and he was the only one I wanted.  I had spent the previous two years trying to be flexible about the qualities of the men I dated.  I tried so hard to throw the list of the ideal man I had created as a teenager out the window.  But like the children's advertisement for a nanny in that classic movie, Mary Poppins, the list came right back to me in the form of a real person.  He is everything on that list and then some.  Heavenly Father blessed me and looked after me.  He brought Seth and I together, and I will be forever grateful.

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