Monday, February 14, 2011

My love story....

My husband is a wonderful man. I am grateful every day that he came into my life. We have been married almost 12 years and I swear it feels like just yesterday, that we said our vows in front of friends and family right here in the house we live in.

 It all started 15 years ago when we first met. He was a bartender (working a second job) and I was a waitress and single mom trying to take care of myself and my son as best I could.

 When he asked me out the first time I said no. Well, not really no, just not right now. I had just ended a not so great relationship, and I was just not ready to date again. But by the time the middle of December rolled around, I was ready to see if the cute bartender at the end of the bar, was as cute on the inside as he was on the outside. So, at that point... I asked him out. He didn’t say no. (thank goodness) But he did say,  not yet.(Ironic huh??) He was leaving town to go on a business trip with his other job, so our date was going to have to be postponed for a couple of weeks. In the mean time, we spent many night chatting on the phone getting to know each other. We talked about our favorite, books, and movies, and things we liked to do.
I remember thinking... “wow, he talks on the phone a lot for a guy!” (Things haven’t changed much)

   Well, finally the two weeks were over and the night for our first date was here. It was the weekend just before Christmas and He picked me up from my apartment in a pick up truck decked out for the season. We drove to the restaurant where we would be having dinner, but before he let me out of the truck, he stopped and said. “I have something for you. He reached behind the seat and pulled a blanket off of a pile of Christmas presents!  I was shocked, and giddy with excitement! This was crazy!  On our first date?? Well, I have to tell you it was the sweetest thing ever!  As I unwrapped all the packages I realized all those phone conversations we had , really meant something!
There was a copy of “A Wonderful Life”, his favorite Christmas movie and one that I had never seen!  A  novel I was looking forward to reading,  a teddy bear, a slinky a mini etch- a- sketch.... all toys that I loved as a child.  Oh my gosh! You mean he was actually paying attention and listening to those conversations????   
The middle and the end of the night were as wonderful as the beginning, and knew right away there would be a second and then a third date. It was a whirlwind romance.. (I always wanted to say that) and 2 months later he was telling me he loved me for the first time in a parking lot while we were helping a friend park cars for the Super Bowl. (I know, romantic right???) But truly, I wouldn’t have had it any other way...

 So that’s the story of our beginning. (greatly edited) but it’s not really our love story.  Our love story is 12 years of laughter, support and friendship. 12 years of courtesy and respect. He is my biggest supporter and I his. Not a day goes by that I don’t feel his belief in my ability to do anything, and I truly believe he can as well. He is my rock and I try to be his. It may not be everyone's idea of a perfect relationship, but it’s perfect for us.  Now I know, he’s going to sneak onto this blog while he is at work soon and check out what I’ve been up to. (I think that’s so cool) So I have only one more thing to say...


Happy Valentines Day my darling!  I love you.
 

42 comments:

'odd and old' Linda Dacey said...

ain't love great...

joanna said...

How romantic!! Happy Valentine's Day!

Lynn said...
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Lynn said...

Karen, Loved your story. He really, really listens! I messed up entering linky and it will not let me redo. I found when the error page does come up on my link, if one simply clicks on go to home page, my love story appears. I am so bummed it messed up.

Sylvia said...

Happy Valentines Day Karen...

That is so sweet that he actually took the time to buy you your favorite childhood toys...and to express his feelings so unexpectedly...Very romantic!

Hugs...
Sylvia

Julia Smith said...

It was a whirlwind romance.. (I always wanted to say that)

:-)

I love his pile of I've been-listening-to-you Christmas prezzies. I really enjoyed your love story, Karen - Happy Valentine's Day!

lmlynch42 said...

Loved your love story.
It should honestly be in Woman's Day or something.

Thanks for sharing.

Lisa

Victoria said...

What a sweet love story that is! That's amazing he bought you all those presents! Mine was probably a whirlwind romance too:) Happy Valentine's Day!

Bevy said...

That IS really sweet.

Love these kinds of stories!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

One of the best qualities a man can have is the ability and desire to listen! I think that is required for a long happy marriage. You two seem to have found true love! Happy Valentine's Day! Linda

Jennie Marsland said...

Listening is the heart of a relationship, isn't it? Loved your love story, and your very artistic blog. Happy Valentine's Day!

Daniella said...

What a lovely story! I love a good love story, and yours is truel great.
Happy Valentines day!!
xxD

Shirley said...

Karen,
How wonderful. Love is grand and we are all so richly in love..
Happy Valentine's Day,
Yours Sincerely,
Shirley

Thanks for hosting this lovely party! Wish I could stay home today!

Gabriela Delworth said...

Happy Valentine's Day!


Love your story!


~ Gabriela ~

Leah C said...

Yours is a sweet, sweet love story:) And this is really a great way to spend Valentine's Day! Have a happy heart today:)

Jacalyn @ rmebathproducts.com said...

Awwww... how sweet. Christmas presents on a first date? Now that's awesome!

Happy VD!
Jacalyn

ImagiMeri said...

Good Morning and Happy Valentine's Day Karen Valentine!

Beautiful story, girlfriend. Looks like you've been blessed by the true love - bug! I wish you many happy years together. Would you please do me a favor and post my luncheon button on your blog, with a link. I'd really appreciate it. I hope you are able to come, too.

Love ya'
Meri

Petite Michelle Louise said...

how wonderful! i loved it karen! and i am so happy you found your other half. he sounds amazing and you brth sound very happy. he's a keeper! Happy valentine's day and "merci" for sharing this party with us! I can't wait to read all of those wonderful love stories out there! :)

Farmer's Wyfe said...

What a sweet story!! Sounds like you have a wonderful man! :) Happy Valentine's Day and thanks for hosting this fun party!!

Marilou of Lulu's Lovlies said...

Happy Valentine's Day sweet girl, I love your story and after all aren't whirl wind romances the Best Kind, at least for some, mine sure was! I'm glad you found love the second time around, some times a girl has to date a lot of frogs before the Prince shows up! Hugs and Happiness and have a heart filled beautiful day! Thanks for my Hearts by the way! Worked perfect! XOXO Marilou

Sheila Rumney said...

What a wonderful romantic love story! Thanks for hostessing this wonderful blog party. Happy Valetine's Day.

Deb Harvey said...

I love your love story!!! Happy Birthday and Happy Valentine's Day!

Great blog, by the way!
Deb

dianehobbit said...

Wow! How lucky were you to meet each other, he really sounds like a catch.

ramsam said...

Love it! Presents on the first date? Thats a great sign!

animal print gal said...

How sweet story! It seems you are made for each other, and the second time is always so much better isn't it? I do believe in true love, and yes there are men out there that they are sensitive and loving!
I posted my story, and it's a long one, so sorry, I just couldn't cut it...
Happy Valentine's Day!

Paula said...

Love your "Love Story". I too said no, when my husband first asked me out. But two years later I was finally ready to embark on a new journey. How fortunate for me, he waited ... we too will celebrate twelve years this coming April!

May your day overfloweth with love and sparkles!

My Arts Desire said...

Very sweet, Karen! I esp. like what you wrote at the end. Such wise words. Xo, Sue

Cindy Craine said...

He bought you toys?! Wow he is a keeper! Loved the photo of coarse, this one and the 80s hair one too! This was such a cool idea, I can't wait to see how many you end up with. Sorry I messed up my post listing.(are you surprised, haha) Anyway, once again you've come up with a great, fun idea,love ya,Happy Valentines Day-cin

A Cottage Muse said...

Oh Karen...what a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing! Isn't it great to be married to your best friend?!!

I am sorry I missed out on this get together! Although I am living the most important chapter in my love story right now. Jim is my angel on earth and I can't believe I could love him more than I do right now!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Cyn said...

Karen what a wonderful story...So loving this linky!

Infatuated with Homes and Gardens said...

What a nice story:)
Happy Valentines Day

tammikins said...

It has been s much fun to read all of these fantastic love stories!!!

The French Bear said...

Love your romantic story Karen, how lovely and honest!!!
Happy Valentines Day!
Hugs,
Margaret B

Cottage Touch said...

Great love story, happy Valentine's Day.

fairyrocks said...

I am so happy you found your 'Valentine'
Thanks Karen for sharing and allowing everyone to tag along.

Laura Knight said...

That is so romantic! Just like a novel. With all the websites and magazines screaming with articles about negative aspects of relationships, it's so sweet and nice to read about a real, strong romance. Happy Valentine's Day!

Ragamuffin Gal said...

Your love story is so tenderly precious Karen ~ thanks for sharing!
here is the link to mine for this fabulous event! Thanks and happy Valentine's Day! ~ Katie

Ragamuffin Gal

Charlene said...

I LOVE this story!!!!!!!!! How cool that he brought all those presents & had REALLY listened to what you had said! I wish I hadn't been gone this past weekend so I could have played along too. Do ya think it's too late? HUGS!
Charlene

joanna said...

loved your story; it is so great to have someone who listens (and brings presents to a first date)!

Ken said...

Hi Karen. Thank you for reminding me of all the positive qualities of my significant other. We tend to forget these and focus on all the things that bother us about our significant other - Great reminder!

Dawn @ alteredartists said...

Sweet story! Thanks for stopping by at my place. Thanks for hosting a fun and romantic blog hop!

Marianne@RuffHaven said...

Oh Karen, Love is so sweet. It was a pleasure reading your story.
I will spend time today reading everyone of the stories linked here.
I had wanted to participate
but in the middle of all the Love my husband and I were preparing ourselves for letting our ever loyal, ever loving dog, Ginger go.
I would love the opportunity to share my love story and link up if it is still possible.

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