Sunday, February 10, 2013

Our Love Story





Hi, everyone! In the 9 months that I have been blogging, I haven't gotten into any deep, personal things.  I'm basically a private person, and I like to keep my blog on a light note.  Until now. Today is special...it is Keith and my 14 year anniversary.  So I decided (with his permission of course) to share our love story.  It's kinda long...are you ready?




Keith and I met at Bowling Green State University in Ohio when we were 19-year-old sophomores, almost 26 years ago. We lived in the same dorm and would often see each other standing outside in the wee hours during fire drills. (Unfortunately it was a common prank for people to pull the alarm in the middle of the night and we had to evacuate every time!) Keith said he thought I was cute (which is something in itself, since he always saw me with bedhead and no makeup!) and he began to 'chat me up' during these drills. I definitely thought he was cute, too, but what especially attracted me to him was his sense of humor! He had a quick, dry wit that always kept me laughing.

We soon began dating, and all was good for awhile. However, the following year I moved to North Carolina as part of a Student Exchange Program for my junior year, and the long distance took its toll on us.  We were young and not really mature enough for a serious relationship, so we broke up.  But we still had some sort of a connection that allowed us to stay friends.

Fast forward 5 years. I had met someone else and was getting married. Keith and I had kept in touch throughout the years, so he was invited to my big, fairytale wedding, and he actually came. ("Awkward" he says now.)  I eventually moved to Florida and we would call each other occasionally and it was like no time had passed at all.  He still always made me laugh.




About 6 1/2 years into my marriage (we had moved back to Ohio) I was blindsided and crushed when my then-husband told me that he wasn't happy and didn't want to be married anymore.  How could this be happening?  I never dreamed in a million years that I would go through something like this.  My 'safe' world was shattered as I had to leave a beautiful home that I loved, downsize into a tiny apartment, divvy up belongings (which became quite petty), begin to financially support myself, and go through a divorce that I didn't even believe in.  All of my hopes and plans for the future were destroyed, and instead there was a gaping question mark.  It was a VERY dark and painful time for me. 

Around this time Keith was getting serious with someone, but he was still there for me. He'd send me funny emails or call with an encouraging word.  Even though he lived 2 hours away, I remember selfishly thinking, "I wish that he was single, so that we could spend more time together!"  I honestly didn't think that we would ever become romantic again; I just enjoyed his company and he was being such a good friend.

He and his girlfriend eventually did break up (I didn't have anything to do with that, but was I happy? ok, maybe I was a weee bit jealous) and we started spending as much time together as we could.  Because of the 2 hour distance, we were doing a lot of driving!  We even took a little 5 day trip to the Bahamas together, as FRIENDS (although my friends teased me about it and didn't believe me! Honest-it was platonic!)  We literally laughed non-stop the entire time we were there!  To this day, that is one of the funnest trips that I've ever been on!  When my mom picked us up at the airport she said she saw the writing on the wall (with us ending up together) and she was hopeful.  She adores him!

I casually dated a few guys, basically to have something to do and someone to hang out with...but I always wished that I was with Keith instead.  When I started to realize this and admitted to myself "Whoa!  I'm in love with him!" I was actually conflicted.  What if he didn't feel the same way about me?  I'd be devastated if I bared my soul to him, and then in return lost our friendship.  But I finally decided to go for it, and when I nervously told him my feelings he just said "I've always loved you."  My heart melted!!



We officially started 'dating' again, and we became exclusive.  The following Christmas Eve my parents and I were leaving for Arizona to visit my sister and her family.  Keith told me that he had to go into work that day (remember he was 2 hours away) so I said my goodbyes to him over the phone.  Imagine my complete shock when he suddenly showed up at the airport, and he had a news camera crew following him!  He had a gorgeous bouquet of flowers, and an exquisite ring that he had designed, and he got down on one knee and proposed.  Everyone around us started clapping, just like in the movies!   It was so cute because he never gets nervous, but he was shaking so badly he could hardly get the ring on my finger!

The camera crew had filmed all of this, then they briefly interviewed us and we were the 'endearing' story on the local news that night!  (The crew had been roaming around the airport trying to find something interesting since it was Christmas Eve, and Keith had snagged them and said he was about to propose-they loved it! Serendipity! So now we have a recorded copy of his proposal :)  The bad thing was that I then had to leave him to go spend the holidays in Arizona!




The next couple of months were a whirlwind as we planned an intimate wedding with just family, and I prepared to transfer jobs and move.  We figured since we'd known each other forever, and being in our 30's, why wait?  (Later in the year when it was warmer we had a bigger celebration with friends.)
It's been a wonderful, fun 14 years!  I truly believe that Keith is my soul mate, and I am SO thankful that God gave me a second chance at love!!  Our relationship has exceeded every expectation that I could have had...he still makes me laugh every day, he is supportive of everything that I do, and he is still my best friend! 



Well, now you know our love story!  I hope that by telling this, someone may be inspired to never give up on love!
Now we're going off on a romantic 'tryst' that he has planned for us  ;)    Thank you so much for stopping by!!


41 comments:

  1. What a beautiful story Susan - thanks so much for sharing!!!
    Much love,
    Suzan

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  2. What a beautiful story. A tale of enduring, everlasting love and deep friendship that spanned many years. Congratulations on your 14th wedding anniversary. May God bless you and Keith with health, success and happines. Enjoy your romantic 'tryst':)

    Big hugs
    Sumaya

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  3. What a sweet story--it really kept me interested :) You two make a great looking couple and you have been through a lot together. I wish you many more years of happiness--thanks for sharing your story and have a very happy Valentines day!

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  4. That is such a beautiful love story. I am so happy for you both. My husband and I are celebrating our 15th anniversary on Valentine's Day and thankfully very much in love. Happy Anniversary!

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  5. Amazing love story!
    Maybe you would like we follow each other.
    Please, come to visit me and let me know your decision.
    Xoxo
    Nina, from Portugal

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  6. I loved your story. Thanks for sharing with us, Jean

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  7. Sniff. Now you've got me all teary eyed. Your story is wonderful with a fairytale ending. Happy Anniversary!

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  8. Oh Susan that is beautiful! I'm so glad you shared your story because it is one of hope and true love! (they could make this into a movie!} You were meant to be together! Enjoy your trip and congrats on your anniversary..may you have many many more wonderful years together!

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  9. 'What a beautiful love story! Congrats on your anniversary!

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  10. Wow, what an AMAZING story! Thank you (and Keith) for sharing...it gives inspiration and hope to all of us out there with "long-lost loves". Happy anniversary!

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  11. Awww! What great story with a wonderful ending! Happy Anniversary to you both! Have a wonderful celebration!

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  12. awwww, how sweet! you two are always so cute when I see you together! how fun to have your anniversary to close to valentine's day!

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  13. What a great story! It sounds like it was fate for y'all to be together. Y'all make a cute couple and it looks like this relationship will last. Have a great time on your little trip together.

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  14. This is such a sweet love story, Susan! I kept waiting for the part where you and Keith would realize you were meant for each other! I'm so happy for you both...Happy Anniversary. You have SO much to celebrate! :)

    XO,
    Jane

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  15. A love that was meant to be! Thank you for sharing. Have fun!!

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  16. Oh, how much I love your story. My daughter is still looking for Mr. Right (plenty of Mr. Right Now's) and says it doesn't happen like in the movies,, but you prove that it can.

    My husband and I have been married forever (42 years in April) and we are still best friends. This week we will be in the "for better or worse, in sickness and in health" as I help him recuperate from shoulder replacement. We wouldn't change one minute of our time together.

    May you have many more wonderful years together.

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  17. Susan,
    Congrats. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful love story. Sometimes our journey in life take us on different paths but true love will always bring you back together and you certainly are proof of this. Happy Anniversary to both of you. Enjoy your trip away together. You are such a cute couple.
    Kris

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  18. Hi! Susan!
    I'm so happy for finding you in my blog.
    Here I am following you back!
    See you soon, dear!
    Xoxo
    Nina

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  19. Love it when a friend's story has a happy ending!! Very inspirational, Susan, and have a wonderful getaway to celebrate your anniversary.
    Mary Alice

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  20. I love happy ever after! How wonderful that he was your friend through it all and to this day. Happy Anniversary!

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  21. Oh my gosh, I love it! So romantic :)

    Bobi
    http://westernwarmth.blogspot.com

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  22. Oh, what a great story! I'm glad you got a second chance, too! Everyone should have the chance at real love in their lives. Happy anniversary!

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  23. What a sweet love story. You make a beautiful couple.

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  24. What a lovely story so nice to know there is love like this out there. Well good on you both, and I hope you have a fantastic 'tryst' and lots of laughs nothing better in the world.
    I have been visiting your blog (love it) for a while, never posting, you always had so many comments but I just had to let you know how uplifting your story was...

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  25. Aw, such a wonderful, romantic love story! You two were meant to be! Thank you for sharing with us!

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  26. I'm such a sucker for a good love story - tears over here! when he said, "I've always loved you." Thank you for sharing, Susan.

    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  27. Congratulations!!! What a beautiful fairytale ending. I was blessed to marry my high school sweetheart 3 years ago... after 40 years apart. I pray everyday for many years together and am grateful for every day we share together.

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  29. Love your story...thank you for sharing!
    Jim and I have been together since we were 15...and we will both be 50 this year!

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  30. such a charming love story, susan:) we guys are so cute together! have fun on your trip!

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  31. Happy anniversary, and thank you for sharing your private story with us. Being best friends is the corner stone of a great marriage.

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  32. Congratulations! So sweet and endearing!

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  33. Happy Anniversary ! Thanks for sharing a beautiful story.

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  34. What a lovely story!! Glad it has a happy ending for you guys - happy anniversary. J9x

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  35. Great love story!! Happy anniversary!! Boy your ex must b kicking himself in the butt daily for giving you up!!

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  36. So sweet and enjoyed reading all about it. Happy Valentines to you both!

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  37. what a precious lovely story. Sometimes God has amazing things for us on the other side of disappointment.

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  38. omg- now i'm in tears- what a sweet story and a truly happy ending. maybe some day I WILL find my soul mate. Thanks for sharing your story.

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  39. What a beautiful love story, Susan!
    Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

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  40. Heartwarming, Susan. A wonderful love story.

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