Friday, February 12, 2010

Tales of Love

As an incurable romantic Valentine's Day is one of my FAVORITE holidays. Ever since I was little I have always been sentimental. My Mom, the greatest example of a loving human being here on the face of the earth, always showed by example her unconditional love to all of her children. As I grew older, and became a young wife and mother, I discovered just how much I could love others and felt so blessed to have my husband and kids (who are young adults now) in my life. There were changes that would occur, that were unexpected. When Dan-the-Man came into my life a whole new chapter (more like book) of the meaning of romance came into my life......
I was divorced with two young children to care for, and didn't exactly have the faith that love would come my way again. Dates gone bad, fix up by friends that went south left me wondering if love would ever come my way again.
One day while on the Internet I found a link for pen pals. This wasn't a romance site, just a place to exchange e.mails, have some conversation. I met a nice lady from France who was a school teacher, a hilarious guy named Bob (whom I'm still pen pals with today 11 years later) from Michigan, a farmer's wife from Tennessee with three children.....and then Dan-the-Man. Dan and I started exchanging e.mails, stories about our lives, families, work, interest.....and things started getting more and more interesting. After several months of e.mailing each other, we braved the waters and took a graduated step to phone calls. On one phone call Dan announced "I want to fly out to meet you in person". **GULP** Scared, excited, twitter patted, butterflies, all wrapped into one, I agreed.
The weekend was memorable beyond belief. Our first kiss took place at the top of a mountain after a tram ride up the Palm Springs Ariel Tramway on a beautiful September day and our romance began. I was living in California, Dan in Kansas, and when we had to say goodbye for his flight home, we knew we should never be apart. Both of us were already lovesick. That's when the romance became letters, emails that made me (and close friends who were in the inside loop) swoon. Love quotes everyday that left me floating on air! After flights back and forth from Kansas to California and California to Kansas our hearts could not take the separation. I flew out to Kansas and Dan had the most magical weekend for us planned. A single rose for me when picking me up at the airport, a dozen long stemmed roses at his place with chilled champagne, dinner at a cozy Italian restaurant....then a walk down at the Country Club Plaza. He arranged for a carriage ride and while under the stars above, proposed to me and I have been madly in love with him ever since!
Of course you are getting the reader's digest version of this story, but I just want to say if you have a lonely heart on Valentine's Day, keep your chin up and eyes open because sometimes God had other plans for you. We may not always understand at the time why we face the challenges we do, but there is a reason....sometimes those reasons aren't clear at the time, but when the time is right, things fall into place and you will live your happily ever after life, like me!



Suz said...

Bless you Nancy!
what a delicious story
A kansas guy....lucky you
reads like a movie on Hallmark
I am a romantic too
and have the most wonderful husband
love abounds in our home
It's what it's all about

Cathy said...

I love your beautiful story, Nancy. Yes, I believe that wonderful things can happen, and those who find their true love are very, very blessed.

Happy Valentine's Day

Martha said...

A great Valentine's Story -- and I think you should keep "Dan The Man"!

Country Dreaming said...

The wait for "the right person" is always the hardest. But when you find that person your set for life!
Since Dan and Ken are best buds it only make since that the wives are best buds too.
Dan is "the man"--I'm glad you two found each other.!


Elizabeth said...

That made my afternoon! Such a cute story, and I'm sure there is more to it ;) Happy Valentines day to you both!

Jules said...

Reading your story gave me goosebumps! Even though I have heard the story before, it is special. You give me hope...

Karen said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful love story with us!
Ladybug Creek

Terri said...

Your story is pure romance! Thank you for sharing.
Happy Valentines Day to you both!

Anonymous said...

Oh, this is adorable...romantic...heartfelt...beautiful! And you're so right; hope is something to be always with us, not matter what our circumstances. I'm sure you've given many of the readers passing through here hope. A perfect Valentine for us all! Happy V to you(and your Dan the man!)

Leslie said...

What a wonderful story. Happy Valentines Day Nancy!!!

Susan Higgins said...

Hi Nancy... I'm new to your blog. I love your story of how you met your husband. I met my husband on 8 years ago - we've been married almost 2 years now. I'm glad you overcame your initial fear of meeting your new husband - LOVE rocks!

Beverly @ My SEw Sweet Studio said...

What a beautiful love story, Nancy. Your Dan the Man is quite the romantic. I am so happy that you found love the second time around.
I also enjoyed seeing your pictures of the wedding and venue. What a lovely place for a wedding. Beautiful happy couple.

Carol J. said...

Hi Nancy. That is such a great story! And you're so right about waiting...good things come in their own time. :)

Moonstone Gardens said...

Hi Nancy,
Lovely post. My husband and I were good friends for several years (I was only 16 when I first met him). He was living with another girl and when she dumped him quite cruelly, I stepped in to lend a shoulder to cry on. We fell in love and have been together for 33 years.
By the way, we were married on Valentine''s Day and he's still my best friend.

Catherine said...

Wonderful story .And beautiful wedding pictyures! Catherine

Gary and Elizabeth~ said...

Hi Nancy,
I love your "Love Story". I am going to share your story with my daughter,she is soon to be divorced and is 32 with two beautiful children.
I believe in love at first sight that is how it was for Gary and I and that is what you and Dan had.
Love is grand in deed.
Big hugs, Elizabeth

Nezzy said...

.....and the romance novel begins! What a wonderful tribute to the love of your life. Ya' just never know what God has lurkin' in the shadows for ya!

God bless and enjoy your Saturday!!!

myletterstoemily said...

what a lovely, romantic story. so happy for you!