Love Story


Chapter One


Our love story started long before Matthew and I ever actually met.

And when you think about it, most love stories start that way. Every moment leading up to the one in which you meet your future husband or wife somehow shapes you and prepares you for that person you were fated for. Any previous heartbreaks or dark days or lonely nights can be crucially important in the grand scheme of things—sometimes we need to know what something feels like when it’s wrong before we can ever really know it when another thing is RIGHT.



So that’s why I need to start the story with a little bit of background. The whole “girl meets boy, boy and girl fall in love, boy and girl get married” model is a little too simplistic for my needs. You people want details, don't you? Of course you do.


When I was 18 years old and working as a waitress at a little family restaurant, I met a guy who was 10 years older than me. He was the one who came before Matthew. We dated for three and half years, and even lived together during the last year and half of that relationship. We moved into a tiny little house and owned Gracie and Cooper together and our relationship was never a terrible one. He was a good guy, I was a good girl, and we really did love each other.


But for every moment of those three and a half years, I had a nagging, itching, aching feeling that he would never be the right one for me. Despite his great heart, he lacked ambition and drive and handled his finances very poorly and, at the heart of it all, was very insecure despite being a bright and attractive guy. I understood him, though. I understood that his family had never prepared him for LIFE, and the poor decisions he had made as a younger man had him caught in a sticky web and a hole he just couldn’t seem to dig himself out of.


As the years went by, he could give me less and less of what I needed. Things became strained between us. I was a terrible nag, and I see that now. But the problem was that there were just too many things about him that I wanted to change. And as I began to realize that I could never change him and shouldn’t have to, I struggled SO much with what the right thing to do was. It ate away at me day and night, because I honestly couldn’t imagine my life without him. And being alone TERRIFIED me.


Somewhere during all this, I read the book The Secret which is all about the law of attraction. I really, really believed in what it said. It inspired me. I realized that I had not arranged my life in a way that allowed for all the things I so desired. I hate to skim over this because it’s so important, but let’s just say that I KNEW I had to decide what I wanted my future to look like and start taking active steps towards attracting that future. And staying in my current relationship at the time was a major roadblock. I knew in my heart that if I stayed where I was, life would always be a struggle.


So one day the breakup finally happened. We talked and cried for hours and finally decided that we could never truly work. He decided to move out and let me stay in the house and keep the dogs because, on his income alone, he couldn’t afford to live there (I made enough waiting tables to cover the bills if pennies were tightly pinched).


I can honestly say that the 48 hours after that break up were the toughest of all my life. I ugly-cried those kind of tears that come from somewhere inside you didn’t even know existed—a place of fear and sudden awareness that you are completely alone.


And that’s the place I was in when I met Matthew. We met a mere 48 hours after the ex and I called it quits, which could either be considered really terrible timing or really great timing. I choose to believe the timing was perfect.


But let’s back up again for just a minute.


Remember how I was working at that little restaurant? Well, for a couple of years I’d been waiting on my future in-laws without even knowing it. We’ll just call them Mr. and Mrs. D for our purposes here today.


They were an odd couple. Mrs. D was a beautiful blonde and friendly as can be, and Mr. D was quiet, reserved, and hard to read. I really enjoyed waiting on them, though, and I found it amusing when Mrs. D would occasionally mention their son in California and how perfect he and I would be for each other. She mentioned this to me on at least two or three occasions, but I always laughed and just politely reminded her that I had a boyfriend. I came to find out later that, in actuality, Mrs. D talked a whole lot more about Matthew and I one day meeting than I ever knew at the time; Mr. D now says he had to hear about it every single time they came to the restaurant, and Matthew, when he was in town, would always go to eat there and would hear about me then, too. But for some reason, I was never working when Matthew happened to stop in with his parents, and our paths never crossed.


But then one day, on January 19, 2009, our paths DID cross. And to make it all the more strange, I wasn’t even working that day—the encounter was, TRULY, by chance.


Little did I know when I woke up that morning, Martin Luther King Day and a university holiday, that my life was about to be turned upside down.




Chapter Two


It was a Saturday that the ex and I had broken up, and by Monday morning, though I was by NO means “over” the breakup, I was feeling ever so slightly hopeful; or at least looking forward to a fun breakfast with a friend.



One of my male coworkers was (is) like a brother to me; we were hired on at the restaurant around the same time, and over the six and a half years until this point in the story, he and I had become close and occasionally planned a breakfast outing to catch up on the events of each other’s lives. A week prior to this aforementioned Monday, he and I had planned to meet for breakfast at the restaurant where we worked – only I got called into work when another waitress went home sick. I didn’t know it at the time, but this was a game-changing move. One of those moments where the Universe intervenes because that particular event wasn’t in keeping with the greater plan.



Truth be told, if I had met my friend for breakfast on that previously planned date, or if I had shown up to the restaurant even a single moment later on the day we DID end up meeting, Matthew and I would have never met. My life would be drastically different right now. Funny how the smallest little decisions and changes of course can alter the entire plot of your life.


So on that Monday morning, January 19 of 2009, I woke up, got showered and dressed, and headed out to a 9:00 AM breakfast with my friend. Like usual, I was running a couple minutes late.


Once I arrived, I parked my car and walked across the lot and into the little diner where my friend Chris was already waiting in the line to be seated. We chatted for maybe thirty seconds before the outside door of the restaurant swung open and, to my surprise, there was Mrs. D! She seemed excited to see me and exclaimed, “Jenni! I know this might seem strange, and I know you have a boyfriend, but my son is here in town—we were just leaving, and I saw you walking up—I’d love for you to come out and meet him!”


I gave her a hug and laughed, saying, “Well, actually, me and my boyfriend just broke up, so it’s ok.”


I thought I’d humor her. Many proud mamas had bragged on their sons to me before, and if or when I ever did end up meeting these “handsome” princes, things were usually awkward and anything but a match made in heaven.


Mrs. D led me just outside the little foyer where we’d been waiting. Her car was a few feet away, and the driver’s side door was still open where she had gotten out. I peered into the car and there he was: the infamous son.


I’d be lying if I said I heard a choir of angels singing, or if I said a bright light shone upon him like some supernatural vision from God, but there truly was instant attraction. He reached over from the passenger side seat to shake my hand and said, “Hey! Nice to finally meet you!”


He had the bluest eyes I’d ever seen, and from then on I was in somewhat of a stupor, which is not unusual for me when faced with awkward social situations (especially involving shockingly attractive members of the opposite sex).


I said something along the lines of, “It’s really nice to meet you too! I’ve heard a lot of good things about you, and I just love your Mom!”


Mrs. D mentioned then that Matthew was going home to California the next morning but would be back in a couple weeks. I replied saying maybe we would see each other again when he returned, and the conversation wrapped up.


But in typical Jenni fashion, I had to say at least one ridiculous thing before going along my merry way, so just as I turned around to walk back into the diner, I decided to poke my head in the car one more time and say, “oh, excuse me SIR? What did you say your name was again? I already forgot!” Yes, I called him SIR. And as soon as that word flew off my tongue I was mortified with myself. Why the !@#$ did I just call him “sir?” What an idiot!


He just laughed and said “Matthew.”


“Ok, thanks!” I replied. “Maybe I’ll see you again soon!”


They left, and I went back into the restaurant where my friend was waiting.


And just a couple moments later we were inside and seated at our table near the back of the little one room diner.


We ordered our breakfast and, after a few more minutes, the hostess walked up to our table and slipped me a little note. “That guy just came back in and told me to give this to you. He saw you sitting with Chris and didn’t want to be rude and interrupt,” she told me.


My heart skipped a beat. I unfolded the little note. Matthew had written his name and phone number and the message: Be back in two weeks. Would be great to hear from you!


I was shaking. I can’t explain it, but I felt like I was dreaming. My mind was racing with thoughts of how completely serendipitous this encounter was, but how completely awful it felt to be entertaining thoughts of another relationship so soon after my last one ended.


One of the waitresses at the restaurant, a good friend and mother-type figure to me, stopped by our table and read the note. She had seen the whole thing unfold, and the way Matthew had come back in and stared back at me as I chatted obliviously with my friend. With a knowing look on her face, she said “Jenni, it’s a God thing.”


And she turned out to be very, very right.


Mrs. D and Matthew both corroborate the story that, when they had left the restaurant after our initial meeting, Matthew matter of factly told his mother that I was the one. That he knew it. And she said she had always known it. She told him what I said about my boyfriend and I breaking up, and Matthew demanded she turn around. They came back, he scribbled his note on that little piece of paper, and he went back in to find me.


And I COULD just say “the rest is history,” but that really wouldn’t be doing the story justice. The part that comes next is half the fun! I suppose that sometimes fate might whisper, but in our case, it screamed.




Chapter Three


Three full days passed after that fateful encounter, and the little note Matthew had left for me remained tucked away inside my wallet. I certainly wasn’t following any rule on how many days to wait before calling a guy; rather, I was feeling pretty terrible about calling him at ALL, given my still VERY freshly single status. My ex-boyfriend hadn’t even moved out of our house yet, and although I remained fully aware of that note and secretly wanted to call the number on it, I refrained. It just seemed so wrong to be having thoughts about another guy so soon.



Then, on the afternoon of the fourth day, I went to work and, as I clocked in on the register, I noticed a bright blue, folded sticky note with my name on it taped to the window beside me. I pulled it off and opened it, and there was Matthew’s name and number again, but this time in the handwriting of one the hostesses who answers the phone.



I turned to my manager and asked what it was all about. “This guy already gave me his number!” I said, confused. “What is it doing here again?”


My manager gravely told me that Matthew had called the restaurant and asked for me the day before, but since I wasn’t there, he simply left his name and number with the hostess. “Is this guy stalking you? Do you want me to call him?” he asked with concern.


I laughed and said I didn’t think so. But secretly, I was impressed with Matthew’s tenacity. He was interested, and he wasn’t beating around the bush about it. I liked that.


I texted him that afternoon and apologized for not calling. I told him that I’d wanted to, but it had only been several days since my ex and I had broken up and it felt a little irreverent to be calling another guy so soon. I said that I’d call him when I got off work that night.


The reply I received went something like this: Ok, little miss four days later! Good thing I remain optimistic, ‘cause it was beginning to look like I wasn’t going to hear from you!


Matthew later told me that those were the most torturous four days of his life. He kept his phone within an arm’s reach and pondered whether or not I was playing hard to get or something. When he didn’t hear from me right away, he had called the restaurant (from California!) in case I had “lost his number.” Patience is not this man’s greatest virtue; I can definitely attest to that now!


I don’t want to skim over anything, but I also don’t want to drag this out for weeks. So let’s just say that I called Matthew that evening, and by the end of about a one hour conversation, I knew I had just met the man who would one day be my husband. I called my best friend the next day and told her so, which, naturally, was met with a somewhat apprehensive “umm… ok?”


Truth be told, the relationship encountered quite a bit of trepidation from my friends and family, and understandably so. Everything happened so fast and so furious and so SOON after the end of my previous relationship.


Matthew was almost seven years older than me, had a successful career in insurance and financial services, lived states away, and still seemed dead set on ME. People didn’t trust him, and even I had my moments of doubt as things moved along at lightning speed.


During the week after our first phone call, we talked for hours every night. I learned that he was a huge fan of the book The Secret, just like I was, and he told me that he, too, tried to live his life by the principles of the law of attraction. Coincidence? I think not.


He also told me he had moved his trip back to Texas up a few days so he could spend more time with me, and our first date was scheduled for less than two weeks after our initial meeting. I remember getting a text from him just a couple days before he flew back down to Texas, and it said that he “couldn’t wait to have me in his arms.” I was a little alarmed by this, given that we hadn’t even had our first date yet, but I sort of loved it all at once. It was nice to feel wanted without that veil of pretense and cautious, “acceptable” behavior. Matthew is one of the few people in this world who throws themselves shamelessly and without hesitation at whatever they desire.


So we had our first date. I wore a little black dress with heels and a bright green sweater, and he wore jeans and a black button up shirt. We met at Starbucks, we hugged like old friends, he led me to the car he’d borrowed from his dad, and he opened my door for me like a true gentleman. He started the car and a CD began to play – all my favorite songs, one after another. I demanded that he admit he’d stalked my Facebook and made a CD from all my listed favorite artists, but he denies it to this day. Either he’s lying, or we just have identical taste in music. Either way, it was perfect.


And that evening began a week of “first dates.” We had dinner together several times, went to the movies, visited the nearby Natural Bridge Caverns and Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch in San Antonio, spent his birthday with his parents and grandparents, and then said a very bittersweet goodbye before he headed back to California.


I think it was on the third date that week that I really fell in love. We were deep under the ground in the chilly caverns and listening to the tour guide as she lectured on stalactites and stalagmites, when Matthew wrapped his arms around me from behind and just held me there as we stood. I can’t explain it, but it just felt… RIGHT.


A few days after he went home to California, on Valentine’s Day 2009, I received a very special delivery while I was at work – a gift that would turn out to be one of the most amazing and romantic things I’ve ever been given.


 Chapter Four 


In part three, the story left off just after our week of first dates and Matthew’s return home from California, and just before Valentine’s Day two years ago. I was at work that Valentine’s Day evening when a special delivery arrived for me via Matthew’s mom! I was too busy to chat with her much when she arrived, but she dropped off my gifts along with a gorgeous dozen white and red roses from Matthew. He had arranged all this before he left!


I waited to open my gifts until the restaurant was closed for the evening, but believe me, I thought about them ALL NIGHT LONG! Once the last customer had finally left, I sat down at a table with my roses, a large yellow manila envelope, and a wrapped gift. A note on the outside of a card instructed that I open the wrapped gift first.


In order to understand the significance of what comes next, you have to first understand my obsession with New York City. During those few weeks that we had know each other up until this point, Matthew and I had discussed how much we both loved it there, and how it is my absolute favorite place on Earth. So I opened my gift and found this adorable New York picture that Matthew had hand decaled with romantic little words:






I was tickled by that, of course, but what was in the big manila envelope was the real kicker.




Matthew had created this full page invitation (with a beautiful photo of a bridge in Central Park faded in the background), and it read:


(My Name)
You are hereby cordially invited to
“The City of Lights”
On Monday, the Ninth of March,
Two Thousand and Nine
at
The Ritz Carlton New York, Central Plaza

Enchantment will start promptly at 8:00 PM,
Romance will begin at first site,
…..Falling in Love will last a lifetime

Host: Matthew (Last Name)
Price of Admission: Your Company, Your Smile, and Your Grace
Please RSVP by February 16th, 2009

We apologize for any inconvenience,
Kisses are the only form of payment accepted at this time

Ummm, yeah. CAN WE SAY EVERY GIRL’S DREAM COME TRUE?!?! And Matthew had also created a fake airline boarding pass with the assigned seat “next to your man” and with flight and confirmation numbers matching the days of our first two dates. I know. Sickening! I’m here to tell you that not every man is completely clueless when it comes to romance!


So needless to say, I accepted the invitation, and that trip to New York City with my future husband turned out to be the most fabulous few days of my life. The Ritz Carlton ruined me for all eternity. I will compare all hotel experiences to that one, and nothing will ever match up. Matthew convinced the poor fellow at the front desk to upgrade our stay from a basic room to a two room, two bathroom suite, at no extra charge (the guy is a sweet-talker, what can I say?), and from our room on the seventh floor (my lucky number) you could sit on the window seat and gaze down at sixth avenue and central park below. I spent many teary moments on that window seat, wondering when I would wake up from this lovely dream.


Thankfully, I never did.


Matthew had brought along the movie Serendipity for us to watch while there in New York, and the next day after watching the movie in our cozy room, Matthew surprised me with lunch at Serendipity 3. Appropriate, yes? Here we were inside the restaurant:




After that New York trip, Matthew and I continued a long distance relationship. We would see each other every 3-5 weeks on average, he flying down to San Antonio where I lived at the time, or me flying up to Huntington Beach, California where he lived at the time.


In June of that same year, we took yet another trip, but this time to Maui, Hawaii. Mind you, we had only been dating four and half months at this point, but I had a feeling a proposal was imminent.


A couple of days into our stay, Matthew surprised me with a limo ride to a location away from our hotel, where we found a small table set up near the beach, complete with white linens, a candle, and a little vase of fresh flowers. We had our own private chef, who was arranged about 10 yards away, cook us one of the most delicious meals I’ve ever eaten (some type of grilled Hawaiian fish – whatever it was, it was amazing!).


BUT. Things really did not go as Matthew had planned for them to or at all how he had envisioned. We laugh about it now, but our romantic and private little dinner table was smack dab in the middle of a grassy clearing between another hotel and an enormous ugly apartment complex with hundreds of balconies overlooking our little spectacle. We were also within about 15 feet of an outdoor shower spicket which people were coming up to from the beach to shower off under! It was awkward to say the least, and Matthew was pissed. At one point he went over to the chef to “check on our meal,” but he was really asking for the ring back – it was supposed to be “served” to me with the dessert, but Matthew was so displeased with the atmosphere that he decided to postpone the proposal.


The meal wrapped up, and I was feeling anxious. Knowing Matthew, I had a feeling he wouldn’t propose under these imperfect circumstances, but I wasn’t sure!


We ended up taking our limo back to our resort – and BY THE WAY. The limo was 1980’s style Uncle Guido GREEN, inside and out, which was another scenario Matthew had not planned for! The whole ordeal was definitely laughable.


So when we got back to our hotel, Matthew suggested we take a walk before the sun set. Mmm-hmm, “a walk.” Ok, buddy! I thought to myself.


As we walked along beside the gorgeous floury-soft sand beach, we suddenly reached a little clearing where there was a patch of green grass beside the sand, and Matthew stopped. My heart skipped a beat, and before I knew it, he was on one knee, saying something about loving me a whole lot and wanting to spend the rest of forever with me, et cetera, et cetera. Honestly, and sadly, I might add, I don’t remember his exact words. Even though I expected this proposal, I was still in some sort of weird shock. Maybe it had something to do with the gorgeous shiny rock that was sparkling up at me as he spoke – just sayin’!


Obviously, my answer was YES. And I believe they usually end these little fairytales with “happily ever after.”


man, I miss that tan.

But the truth is, things haven’t always been super easy; living states away from each other for that year before our wedding was really tough. Once we DID get married and moved into our home together, we had to learn to live as a couple – but I can honestly say that when you are deeply and unselfishly in love, things aren’t that hard. And I wish each and every one of you, if you haven’t found it already, a love story just like ours – not because our relationship is perfect (because it isn’t – honest), but because we have found a way to love one another despite. Despite our imperfections, despite our quirks and idiosyncrasies, and despite a sometimes uncertain future.



This first year of marriage has taught me a lot, and I can’t wait to share our journey with all of YOU. This life can be a beautiful thing – sometimes sad, sometimes tragic, sometimes full of sorrow and suffering and pain – but ALWAYS full of love.


I’ll leave you with something I wrote on a private blog on Valentine’s Day two years ago, just after receiving those gifts from Matthew:




I have learned to listen to my heart.  I have learned that if you never make room for better things and better ways to be, if you never clear out the things in your life that stand in the way of your happiness, then you are not aligning your universe to allow for amazing things.   In this life, you don’t find yourself.  You create yourself.  And the same goes for love: you don’t find love, you create a road for love to travel and wait for it to come.

*** Here is an important love story update I wrote on our 3 year wedding anniversary. We have had our struggles, but love prevails. :) 


*** Due to way too much random spam about weirdo spell casters (seriously), comments have been turned OFF

815 comments:

  1. what a lovely couple and what a gorgeous photo.

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  2. sweetest thing i've ever heard!!! you two are precious, and your blog is the cutest! :)

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  3. Just found you through Aly's blog and it's adorable. Your story is amazing and so romantic! :)

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  4. Your love story is beautiful and it was so intriguing to see it unfold in so many chapters. You kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.

    Best Wishes to you Both!♥

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  5. In true Elizabeth form, I thought I'd share my reaction to your love story by pitching you a movie idea.
    Are you ready? Of course you are.

    Okay. Picture THIS.

    A fun, flirty hour and forty-five minute romantic comedy starring Matthew McConaughey and Katherine Heigl. Alyson Hannigan is the snarky best friend and the climax of the movie is Times Square. In the rain. With Jewel playing. Heigl/Jenni says something like "I didn't want to fall for you, okay? I had my life planned out. Like a jigsaw puzzle. And then you came along and jostled all the pieces and now...I can't seem to make them fit. Without you. So I'm asking you to stay. Because it turns out...you're my puzzle piece." Cue laughter/crying. Cue New York tourists clapping and taking pictures. Credits roll to something funky like Tom Jones. The blooper reel shows snapshots of Hawaii and the proposal, including a shot of Matthew chasing down people on the beach who are trying to use the shower.

    Just think about it. We could have the next "Pretty Woman" on our hands.

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  6. Sweetest/ Most romantic story EVER!!!

    Beats any novel I've read :)

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  7. Ohhh me oh my, that was the sweetest thing to read!!! What a fantastic love story and what a knack you have for telling it.

    Love your comments on having to love each other despite. Mike (husband) & I fell really fast too. And I loved that about us. But now after nearly 3 years of marriage I am loving the slow depths of what that love looks like!

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  9. Jenni, I just love to read how you two met! Your story is truly inspiring!! Thank You!

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  10. u guys look soo good together. wishing you a life time of happiness. god bless

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  11. Tears! What a beautiful love story!

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  12. Wow, your story is amazing!! I love how you write!!

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  13. What a great story you have! I really enjoyed reading it and looking at your pictures. You were certainly a beautiful bride!

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  14. You have a great story. I for once lost my faith in love but your story lights the fire and magic in me to believe in true love again.

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  15. Well that was just an incredibly beautiful story and you definitely have me tearing up at work!!!

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  16. this is a movie.... the kind of movie that Julia Roberts signs up for in a heartbeat!
    My faith in romance just re-ignited. Thanks for that!

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  17. How did I miss this?

    First of all, you are an amazing writer. It was like a good book I couldn't put down. I was so intrigued I found myself skipping lines to see what was next (but I stopped myself!).

    What a beautiful story, Jenni! Hang on to this one. He's a keeper! ;)

    Sophisticated Steps

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  18. Wow. I am seriously almost in tears. I just found your blog tonight and it was definitely no coincidence..My boyfriend and I have been together for two years and we just broke up yesterday. I was feeling so down and you really gave me so much hope that everything does happen for a reason and I have the power to create myself and my future. I am so happy for you and thank you so much for this!

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  19. liking the blog...visit us at confessions when you can...your story is beautiful with your studly husband too:-)

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  20. Found your blog by way of a friend and I must say it's the sweetest thing. Love has a way of sweeping us off our feet just in time. I have experienced a similar situation...'the break up that you saw coming long before it happened' and can truly say that I couldn't be happier about the decision I made. It's amazing what happens when we are honest with self. Even though separations can be painful, nothing is sweeter than a heart that has room for the person that was destined to be there. Thanks for sharing!!! ;0)

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  21. Just found your blog and sat and read the entire romance story. What a fairytale!! You guys are gorgeous.

    amy day to day

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  22. What a beautiful story!! I sat here with goosebumps the whole time I was reading it :)

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  23. I can't believe I've never read this page before, but I'm so glad I stopped to do so today! After reading your story, I feel all warm and fuzzy inside, like I just watched a good romantic movie:)

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  24. So glad I stumbled upon your page! I love it. Your love story is so sweet. Thanks for sharing!

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  25. This is the best story I've read in AGES! Congratulations! You're a beautiful couple. :)

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  26. Just stumbled upon the blog...it's been a terrible Monday and I needed to read something like this. I currently live in NYC but am (probably) moving back to Austin within the next year. Hopefully my mom can work some similar magic too!

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  27. Just found your blog through Meg, and I can already tell I'm going to be a big fan. This story is beyond adorable and made me teary more than once. Plus, I love a good Texas blog [I'm from San Antonio and ADORE Austin]. Looking forward to reading! :)

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  28. Great love story!!!
    You can check mine on my blog if you want!

    http://ilovecafemoka.blogspot.com/2010/11/how-i-met-my-boyfriend.html

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  29. I really loved reading your love story :) :)

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  30. I absolutely love this! not only is it the sweetest love story, but i love your blog as well! I am definitely an avid follower :)

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  31. This is a lovely story! You guys are going to have such beautiful kids!

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  32. Lovely story to read and I loved your photos. You two are quite the pair. :) Can't wait to see and read more.

    Take care,
    Erin

    http://elkculture.tumblr.com/

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  33. Jenni, that story seriously made me tear up (which is no easy task). I completely understand what you mean when you say that living as a couple is easy if you really love one another because you are so willing to give and do whatever it takes to make it work.

    My boyfriend and I were long distance for a long time so I can totally relate! That is such a wonderful and inspiring story. It could totally be a Kate Hudson movie!

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  34. ok where to begin.
    i guess first with a confession.
    i just read chapter 1, 2, 3, 4 of bridget and her hubbys love story. i cried, i laughed, i got goosebumps. and most of all... i read it ALL. which honestly, i always have trouble doing. when i went to comment, i read YOUR comment about you and your hubs unique love story so of course, ihad to read. and just like with bridgets: i laughed, i cried, i got goosebumps. God works in funny ways and i just absolutely LOVED to read yalls story. it made my heart swell.

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  35. I think this is the greatest love story of all time. I, like many of the other commenters, got goosebumps, tears, all of it. I absolutely love it!

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  36. Jenni, this was such a good read. You two meeting definitely seems like a God thing.

    One chance picture with my husband, led to the most beautiful romance. It was a long distance whirlwind as well... started talking in February (right after valentines day); engaged within 4 months, and married less than 5 1/2 months later. Here we are entering our 11th year of marriage, and I marvel at how we met, all the circumstances leading up to our meeting, and that God would be so kind to give me such a wonderful man.

    P.S. Came via your comment on Megan's blog (across the pond)-sorry about your step dad. That would be so hard. I had to go through the pain of watching someone I loved suffering. Anyhow, best to you and your hubby, and the beautiful journey ahead for you both.

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  37. I happened to come across your blog Jenni by following Marolsha on Facebook..and let me say..it is beautiful! I read the story of your romance and it was not only well written, but extremely touching. Your words about creating yourself into the person you want to be is inspiring. Thank you for being you! :) This story is just one more encouragement to have faith in true love.

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  38. Such a beautiful story! This is my first time stopping by your blog and I can already tell we'd be great friends. :) I'm hoping to one day have the same kind of "happily ever after" that you found. Looking forward to following your blog!

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  39. What a beautiful love story, thank you for sharing!

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  40. Ohhh my gosh!!! Tears! This was the sweetest story...thank you so much for sharing! I am loving your blog so much!...I sound like a blogger butt kisser but I really am lovin it ;)

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  41. What a great love story! I do have to say it was like reading an excerpt from a novel :) I wish you many years of happiness. I have been married for 11 years - I still get butterflies :)

    Jen
    www.dishesandsocks.com

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  42. Oh my goodness wow what an AMAZING story! Even more so because we can relate on two points 1) doing long distance relationship 2) getting engaged in Hawaii!

    Would LOVE it if you would like to submit your love story to our blog? We haven't focused on it for a while and would love to bring it back with your story.

    http://whatwegandidnext.blogspot.com/p/love-stories.html

    Look forward to hearing from you,

    M
    www.whatwegandidnext.com

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  43. Your story gave me goosebumps. I loved every bit of it. Love comes after you create a road for it to travel, just like you said, but somehow it still has a way of sneaking up on you when you least expect it.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  44. I'm new to your blog but let me say that just from reading this story, I'm completely hooked! What a beautiful love story!

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  45. I loved reading your love story!! It's perfectly romantic and you had my attention from beginning to end! You two make such a good looking couple! I feel like i'm overdoing the whole exclamation point thing, but I loved this!!! =)

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  46. I loved reading your story!
    I'm not really into reading peoples romance stories, because everyone always thinks theirs is best. Why listen, right?
    I think it's your writing that made me keep going after the first line or two. (That's my limit on anything romantic.)
    You have talent, for sure! My husband is an excellent writer, as well, and I am always envious of the quick witted things he can come up with, seemingly without trying.

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  47. I am completely new to your blog & was pretty darn interested before I even landed here.. but now I finished reading this & I'm thinking "how freaking cute was that story?! and how can I NOT continue to read this blog?!" :)

    Please do take up writing and find a publisher and whatever else it is you need to produce books because I want to read more - no matter if it's non-fiction or fiction! :)

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  48. Ironically, I needed to hear a story like yours. Thank you for sharing a part of your sweet life!

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  49. All I can say is you spoke to me. To my heart.
    I am in in same place u were. But it's more than 2 days after the break up, and nothing wonderful has happened yet.
    But I know it will. Thank you for your wonderful post.
    All my love.

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  50. One of the most BEAUTIFUL and amazing love stories i've ever read! I'm in Austin too :)

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  52. Wow! What a beautiful love story! Aaaand you are a gorgeous couple - I don't think I've even seen a couple who both have such blue eyes and big bright smiles. Loved reading this :)

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  53. Such a sweet story- you guys are so stinkin cute!

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  54. What a beautiful love story! Y'all are such a beautiful couple.

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  55. My fiance and I just broke up a few months ago and I still feel like I'm lost in the dark... it's nice to know good things are still in the future. Thanks for being so breathtakingly open and honest.

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  56. Hello from a 26 year old New Yorker :)

    First off, I've just discovered the wonderful world of blogging on the web and yours is one of my favorites to visit, so thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences.

    Secondly, I went through something similar where I stayed with someone for a while but having that "feeling" that he wasn't the one and that eventually I had to find the courage to move on. Your words of being terrified to be alone strike me so close to my heart because I too didn't know how in the world that would feel. But, I continued to move forward with the faith that it would work out.

    When I finally did, I felt like a world of weight was lifted off my shoulders and I was finally ready to search for what I wanted for my life and love. And sure enough, with not as much time as others may have approved of passing, my now fiance came into my life and started becoming more than a friend from high school. Now I truly understand what it means to can't imagine going through life without someone.

    Our life isn't perfect and the story we are writing for ourselves isn't easy but it's our story and our life. And that in itself is beautiful. He proposed at a special place to us, Rockefeller Center (terribly cliche but and nevertheless perfect for our story). And now when I think of New York City I think of it as place where our story has just begun.

    The story of your romance is beautiful and I just wanted to thank you for sharing it :)

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  57. @Angelina--your comment seriously made me smile! Thank you so much for taking the time to tell me a little about yourself and your story! :)

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  58. Aw, you're welcome!
    That's the beauty of blogging :)

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  59. I'm so happy I read, and that of course you shared your story. I was in a similar situation as you in a previous relationship for 2 years, and although he was a sweet guy he lacked ambition and I was too naggy and hard on him. And although I loved him I was never in love him. But leaving him was the hardest thing I've ever done.

    About 2 months after we broke up I met an amazing guy (or so I thought) long story short he's a jerk and really broke my heart.

    Anyway the point of this long long comment is to thank you for sharing your story. It's given me new hope and belief in real love and relationships. Your story is so beautiful and inspiring it makes me feel hopeful for the future.

    So thank you for sharing your and Matthew's story :)

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  60. I'm so glad I read this. What an incredible story to be able to tell (not to mention you tell it well). This story turned my dull/boring night into warm/cozy and left me with a giddy feeling in my stomach.

    Thanks for sharing and cheers to the two of you!

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  61. This has to be the sweetest story ever. You two are so lucky to have found eachother.

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  62. adorable. i love it.

    my love story is pretty great, too. not to brag or anything, but more of a high five to someone else with a story that makes people believe in love!

    kandyce at chotapeeleeauto.blogspot.com

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  63. Hi Jenni! I just read your amazing love story and was deeply touched! It's definitely a match made in heaven! :-)

    Irene

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  64. I just read your love story and oh my Gawd it's beautiful. Perfect!

    You two are such a gorgeous couple, but I love how honest you are about taking the good with the bad & that things aren't always peachy. I also believe in fate and that what's meant for us will not go by us - but that you need to help fate out a bit sometimes too.

    You're a very talented writer.

    Love your blog so much. x

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  65. I enjoyed reading this - SO MUCH, thank you <3

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  66. HI!
    just found your blog today. It was a beautiful love story. Glad that you found the love of your life:)

    xo,
    iyah

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  67. Hi Jenni! I live in Austin and found your blog through Austin Bloggers Social on Facebook. I love, love, love your love story. :-) I have a similar man as yours - when I meet you IRL we'll talk about them. Wonderful story.

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  68. Stumbled across your blog and this story is proof that real love still exists! I look forward to following along :)

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  69. Oh!!! Now I remember finding you before. It was that little paragraph you wrote at the end of this story that stuck with me. Literally STUCK. Like I read it and it resonated with me so well. So anyway, hello again!!

    Jenna
    The Paleo Project

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  70. Your love story is so inspirational! I couldn't stop thinking about it after I read it.

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  71. This is so...refreshing! I'm glad my friend recommended this post to me!!

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  72. I just found your blog from Wonder Forest and ever so glad that I did. This is the most beautiful love story I could ever imagine and it's seriously like I've been reading a script to a romantic comedy or something like that, just beautiful! It just makes me so excited to keep loving my man of 2 years and even more excited to think about what's in the future for us :)

    What an inspiring story :) can't wait to read more of your blog! x

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  73. How amazingly sweet is that story?! I read that whole thing from top to bottom (and I usually have major ADD so thats saying something! :) Sometimes when you know, you just know that that person is the one! We have a very similar philosophy on life/god/the secret.

    I loved reading this, and I'm so excited I get to be a part of your blog.

    Loves!
    Jenna

    PS: I totally laughed at the part when you said you went back and said SIR! Too funny!

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  74. Just read your entire story. Somehow I thought I would be the only one leaving a comment as in most "about me" or "love story" pages but oh my, I see I am not the only one your beautiful story resounded with. Thanks for sharing every detail. You are a beautiful writer and that is indeed a beautiful, romantic, amazing story!

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  75. Just found this. And thank you so so much! I just spent last night crying and crying over the man i thought i would be with forever after he told me that he could never marry outside of his culture- despite the fact he always said our love overpowered it.... But anyways.. Thank you so much for restoring my hope that everything happens for a reason. Hopefully my sob story will soon turn into a love story. :) <3.

    Ps. You are gorgeous! And i love his blue eyes! Your kids will be beautiful!!

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  76. I've been reading your blog for a few weeks now and just now discovered your love story! Wish I had found it sooner! It's so sweet! I love finding stories that remind people what true love looks like. It's the best feeling in the world finding that person made especially for you! Our hubby's sound similar in the romance department. He makes all my girlfriend's wanna barf on a regular basis with all his mushiness! Love it! Thanks for sharing such a beautifully written story! Oh...and I totally love that you called him SIR! You'll never live that down! :)

    http://keepingupwiththecotes.blogspot.com

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  77. BEST STORY EVER. This would make such a great book or movie, it's just perfect!

    You seem like such a lovely, happy couple!

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  78. I just read your story and I'm super-jealous / so happy that things turned out so great for you!! Hoping for a happy ending like this for myself ;)

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  79. Just stumbled on your blog & had to read your love story immediately. You're an incredible writer! I love you guys already!:)

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  80. I just came across your website and I love it already! I love reading people's stories of how they met and fell in love and yours is absolutely adorable, not to mention you guys are a beautiful couple!

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  81. Oh my goodness, what an amazing story! I have read your blog for a couple of months now and have loved every bit of it, but this story just gave me chills. I started reading before my lunch break and found myself antsy to get back tow ork so I could continue. Love it!

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  82. Found your blog via Adventures of Newlyweds- gorgeous site! I definitely just fell in love with your love story.

    B

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  83. I'm a new follower! I started reading chapter 1 and before I knew it I read the whole story! So cute! :)

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  84. o m g. this is the cutest story I've ever heard that isn't a movie. I think you should make your love story into a movie, for real! His Mom knew..I mean what?! This gives me so much hope that I will find the guy i've been wanting my whole life but I just have to clear the stuff blocking him from me first. What a great guy you found yourself. Man on man.

    Oh! and I had the same obsession with nYC and moved almost two years ago. If it's your guys dream you really should move here because it is truly the best city in the world.

    ah. this story is just so damn romantic!

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  85. I just found your blog via your post on Running on Happiness and this love story totally swept me away! You and your husband were both so bold and courageous in love - it's inspiring!

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  86. Jenni, I'm so encouraged by this post. I'm 24, never been kissed & never been in love. Yet you give me hope that one day, I too can have my very own love story! I just have to open my heart to it & send the right signals to the universe! I know it will happen when I'm ready and when fate sees it fit. Thanks again. Loved reading all the chapters of your story so far and looking forward to more! Take care!

    Rita @24andNeverBeenKissed

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  87. What a beautiful story! :)

    God Bless!

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  88. I just stumbled upon your blog and your love story was beautiful. As a romance novel junky, it's a great story, it's needs to be in a book.

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  89. I loved reading your story, I read all four chapters in one sitting, I couldn't stop! :) It SO reminds me of the story of how my husband and I met...really, truly some of the same circumstances. I had just broken up with someone; his mom had wanted us to meet; we lived not only thousands of miles apart, but he was about to deploy to Iraq in two months. The first year of our relationship was long distance Los Angeles to Baghdad! But it all felt so right, and so pre-destined. We got married shortly after he returned from Iraq, and some thought it was too soon, but we knew better. :) We'll be married five years in April!

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  90. What a fantastic story! I really enjoyed reading the chapters, you both seem and look so happy.

    Love your blog and all that it includes.

    -Jenna

    jennasnewlife.blogspot.com

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  91. love this.
    http://myseafoamdreams.blogspot.com/

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  92. I just stumbled upon you blog & soooo glad I came across it. This was the sweetest & most romantic love story ever!! your husband is definitely a rare breed- you got lucky! You should write a book, you are a great writer! Thank you for sharing :)

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  93. Ok, so this story made me get all choked up as I sit at my desk at work. I found your blog through a photographer friend of mine (on pintrest!)

    I would share my complete story here but it would take too long. I met my current (well, we aren't dating now, but working on stuff on our own) boyfriend while I was dating my ex. We actually began to hang out days after the break up. He is just as romantic and a huge sap! I on the other hand have always dreamed of a guy like him, but am not as sappy. Sometimes his love for me freaks me out as weird as that sounds. No one has ever treated me the way he does and loved me as much.

    Anyways, I wanted to just say I hope my story ends up like yours and that after we work on our crap (that was interferring with the relationship), I hope he and I can get married. You've inspired me that relationships right after break ups don't always end badly!

    Chrissy
    If you care to hear more of the story, email me at sonata18@aol.com
    Thanks!

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  94. * SIGH* I just had to keep reading.. this was like one of those awsome books you cant put down! Glad I found your blog

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  95. What an amazing story! Congratulations a few years late.

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  96. Wow Jenni,
    I'm only through Chapter one and I feel like every sentence Im find myself thinking that words you typed are the exact ones that I think day in and day out!

    I have a theory about squares. It may sound super strange but I believe that God has one persons set aside for you, your square. and that often times there are people that are meant to be in your life that fit and that are there for specific reasons -- whether it be to teach you something about yourself or about love in general -- and that these people can be triangles. or whatever else it is. because a triangle fits inside a square too, but not perfectly. only a square fits inside a square perfectly.

    hahah sorry for all of this random babbling! i just can relate on so many levels :) and your story is just beautiful! I'm so excited to read more :D

    xoxo,
    tiana

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  97. WOWZA!! What a seriously beautiful love story! I soooo loved reading htat!!

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  98. I just read this because you had linked to it from you lessons of 20 things you learned in your 20's. I loved this and was entranced by the story. I love Serendipity and fate and all of that nonsense. I think I'll hop on over to amazon and buy The Secret now.
    Gorgeous couple!

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  99. I've read your story before and re-read it again today. It's probably the best love story I've ever read on a blog. It's just beautifully written. Thanks for sharing.

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  100. i was teary-eyed after reading your love story ... it was so inspiring ... id love to hear more of your love stories ... more power to you and to your other half ... God Bless always ;)

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  101. i'm new-ish to the blog world and came across yours through a friend. i just love yours and your husband's story! the way you tell it is captivating! it's so funny how people come into your life in the exact right way at the exact right time...like if it was a moment sooner or later, there'd be no way for the relationship to work.

    i myself, am a cynic-turned-romantic(ish), and was quite inspired by your story. yours is a blog i will definitely be returning to!

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  102. O... M... G... What an AMAZING love story. **swoon** New to your blog and looking forward to your posts =)

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  103. Aww.The two of you look cute together. Great love story! God bless the both of you in your lives together as husband and wife. :') I was really inspired after reading your post.

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  104. Oh man! I am in love with your love story! It gave me butterflies!

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  106. I just found your blog yesterday and read your entire love story and it's one of the best written love stories I've ever read, as well as just a great story. I also love your wedding picture at the very top. It's gorgeous.

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  107. I have been following you for awhile but just now read your love story. I have to say, it is the most beautiful love story I have ever read! :)

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  108. I love this story! Long distance can be difficult--I did NY/California and then Chicago/California for 5 years! and you're definitely right about when you really love someone, all the hard stuff isn't that hard. :)

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  109. I started over at a post on Acute Designs where she talked about loving people's "about" pages. Then I ended up on your about page. Then I ended up here. I had sent the link to one person after reaching chapter 2, another person after reaching chapter 3, and was tearing up by chapter 4. Clearly I'm a hopeless romantic over here, but I absolutely LOVED reading this story. I'm glad to hear that it does exist for people, and it makes me happy how it happened and how you prove that there are no such things as "right timings" - you just have to have your eyes open and be ready for anything. Perfect. Loved this. Great way to start the weekend. I'll definitely be reading along now, your writing is an inspiration and the tone is wonderful. Happy Friday :)

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  110. Basically you left the guy you were with,and lived with, because he didn't give you what you needed - he didnt have money or prospects of becoming rich...and all the while you were waiting on those people and hearing about their son and so you thought maybe their son would give you what you wanted...i think that that's a pretty terrible thing to do. I dont think thats romantic at all...

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  111. @"Me" - lol... yeah, that's exactly what happened! You are pretty smart, reading between the lines like that. Nice work, detective! Congrats on coming to the obvious conclusion that every single other person missed.

    ((sarcasm)) Thanks for the laugh this morning! Ridiculously ignorant comments like this one are always good for a chuckle.

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  112. awww I loved your story...I've never been in love before...I really hope the day I find the 'right person' my story is at least half as romantic as yours...you 2 make such a lovely couple! and I love your writing!! I just started blogging, so Im really new at this but Id love it if you follow me :)!! xx, Tati

    http://internationalsoul.blogspot.com

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  113. I have just stumbled across your blog and I was simply mesmorised by your love story.

    Simply wonderful. Reminds me a lot like how I met my partner, chance.

    x Rebecca

    www.thecinnamonslipper.com

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  114. I'm a few years late to this party, but I just found your blog via Pinterest, someone posted the 30-day photo challenge post... I started by reading your love story and I'm so glad I did.
    You are beautiful.
    Your story is Beautiful.
    You've officially gained a loyal follower :)

    Peace!

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  115. @Neesalove thank you so much for reading our story, and my silly blog! :)

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  116. You write so beautifully. I enjoyed reading this, felt like I was reading a novel on a beach with my toes in the sand. Was bummed it was so short! You should think about writing a book. I'd definitely read it and by the looks of it lots of other people would too. :)

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  117. Solemnly I enjoyed reading your blog. Keep on blogging and what a lucky couple of you are.

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  118. Solemnly I enjoyed reading your blog. Keep on blogging and what a lucky couple of you are.

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  119. Just discovered your blog and thought I would glance over it--did not expect to find myself engrossed in such a cute love story :) Your writing is great, both fun and easy to read. Absolutely love how you are obsessed with Harry Potter as I am a huge fan myself! Love this blog, so glad I found it!

    xo Rachel

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  120. It's really , quite beautiful love story :) Your own style in writing made it extremely great!! It is very good that you didnt see jsut the present and future, you showed us the back side of the story and made good connection. It is really impressive :) You must also know that your story crossed the oceans and arrived to Turkey :) I hope everything goes well in your life with your husband and family :) All the best !! :)

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  121. This is the best love story I have ever read, hands down! This is the kind of plot you only see in movies (which seldom happens in real life.) Glad it happened to you.

    He's romantic and handsome, you are such a lucky girl! But I am sure you already knew that!

    Love your writing style, too. You should consider writing a romance novel or something! :)

    Wishing you and Matthew a happy life together!

    P/S: Love your gorgeous master bedroom, by the way! That "collected" gallery wall is awesome and super stylish, very inspirational for sure!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  122. This is too funny! The plot of your love story is almost identical to mine! The chance meeting, the immediate KNOWING that this was the man... even the location! (Gotta love San Antonio!)

    The funniest part is I found your blog because I was considering naming mine the same thing! ("Story" is now my last name!)

    Love your writing and I'm excited to read more!

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  123. Having read your story is just like reading a fairy tale so beautiful, and fortunately this is a very true story. Hope this will be everlasting. Wish could have one like this. <3 <3 <3

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  124. I could not stop reading!!! what an amazing story! I too met my husband days after my ex and I broke up...we met an married 7 months later and it's been amazing!

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  125. Whoa! The two of you are so sweet! I am so happy to see couples taking pictures during their happy moments. Being in love truly makes life more meaningful! Keep the faith! I wish you more happy years together!


    Julio Sporer

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  126. Hope to write my own love story one day =]

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  127. This was absolutely ADORBS. Seriously girl. I hope my love story will be like this! It's like a movie! You two make a beautiful couple, too. :)

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  128. This was such a sweet story! I'm so happy for you and your husband, and just have to say props to you for being brave enough to follow what you want in life!

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  129. Just found your blog, you guys are adorable together. Looking forward from reading more about you. I beleive in love now.c:

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  130. accidentally started reading your blog ... it's great. Usually blogs devote a maximum of 5 minutes of my time, but your blog ... I still read it, there are so many positive emotions.

    thank you


    P.S. I will continue to read

    kristine

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  131. this is an awesome story!!! Brought tears to my eyes!!!

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  132. Honestly one of the best love stories I've ever heard! I'm jealous!

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  133. Really enjoyed this, Thank You for sharing :)

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  134. I'm amazed at how much u pay to write it .Thank u so much.Fabulous story and so well told!Best wishes to u!

    I think so."most love stories start that way. Every moment leading up to the one in which you meet your future husband or wife somehow shapes you and prepares you for that person you were fated for."

    For me ,i think if i don't go to that site or don't chat with him,maybe we can't be lvers and it's Coincidence.

    I knew my boyfriend from a dating site , kisswealthy,it’s not like Tagged ,iit’s real ,known as millionaires dating , find serious relationship, such as dating, even get married,and we had dated more than 6 months. Our life is very comfortable, cause my boyfriend is very rich.On weekends we will go to the seaside, or go to shopping, drink coffee, watch movies, slightly longer holiday we will go for a drive, or to go abroad.

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  135. Wow, what a romantic story. You two are so lucky to have found each other. I'm still looking at this age (50) even though I was married for 24 years. All I can say is never take each other for granted. All the best to you both xx
    Sandy

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  136. This is a beautiful story, I'm happy for you, that you have found your true love, unlike me. But I believe that one day, I'll find him. Thanks for the wonderful story. I wish the both of you an everlasting love life. :)

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  137. I just ran across your blog and might I add that this is one of the BEST posts that I have ever read. Your authenticity and "voice" in this post is so real. I am so encouraged by hear your story. I love what you said about creating a road for love to travel and then waiting on it to come to you & that is exactly where I am at now. Waiting and wondering is a tough place to be in though. Again, your story is absolutely beautiful and I wish you all the best !!!

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  138. I'm super behind reading this but I ran across your blog today and I LOVE IT. I just got out of a 4 year long relationship where we were "good" for each other, but I always knew it wasn't right. While it's only been a month, I know I did the right thing! This post was beautiful - I'm glad to see that people can find someone that makes them so happy! :)

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  139. nice blog..i am also design a blog
    dear friends tell me how is it . this blog is on love story ..

    www.feardear.blogspot.com

    and my friends send me your love story at feardear4u@gmail.com
    i am publish your story on my blog
    thanks

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  140. nice blog..i am also design a blog
    dear friends tell me how is it . this blog is on love story ..

    www.feardear.blogspot.com

    and my friends send me your love story at feardear4u@gmail.com
    i am publish your story on my blog
    thanks

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  141. Hi! I'm a new follower I just wanted to say you are an awesome writer! You definitely know how to tell a beautiful story. I am excited about following along with you from now on :)

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  142. I like your love story !! It's amazing , So romantic !!

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  143. nice story..+_+
    i wish that you'll be happy with him..+_+
    do visit my blog..
    http://aasminizari.blogspot.com

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  144. your blog is nice n true i liked it thats why i will too write my love story after 2 or 3 years if it gets competed its really amazing n changed my whole life in months pain , happiness , desires that cant b fullfilled ufffff read one of my blog i wrote last year on life if you time ...
    lifetakesyouanywhere.blogspot.com

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  145. You have a very romantic love story. Thank you for sharing it to us and letting other people know that true love does exist. I sincerely hope and pray that your marriage will last forever and will continue to deepen the love you have for each other. :)
    Matthew is very sweet and he does small things for you very romantically by the way. I think you are perfect for each other! May you live happily ever after. Cheers! <3

    Be a happy husband and happy wife always.

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  146. You made me believe in true love again. Thank you.

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  147. I came across this story while looking for a good book to read. I typed into my Google search bar: "Good love stories," or something along those lines, and saw the like to YOUR love story. I loved it... and by coming across your specific blog is the reason I began my own. :) I even posted a link to this story on my first post.

    - Hayley

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  148. Okay first off! OMG your life sounds to much like mine! Btw Just for laughs my name is really Jennifer I use my middle name for privacy purposes and my hopefully "the one" is Matthew... scary? I was also in a 3 year relationship prior to meeting Matt, which was going know where cause, just like yours, he had no ambition, had no work ethics, didn't know where he was going in life and I was just too critical. My relationship with Matthew wasn't as cute or nice as yours but it works out. Hopefully if you get the chance to ever look at my blog, and you read "a year ago" it will show you how bad it was. But everything worked out for a reason. You are simply gorgeous and your husband and you look phenomenal. I can't wait to get around to reading your other blogs.

    God bless!

    -Jennifer

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    1. That is crazy Michelle! Talk about living a parallel life! :P Thanks so much for reading our story, and for any time you spend on my silly blog. :)

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  149. so sweet story..
    please visit my blog too :
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  150. You two are movie star gorgeous, such a sweet story, thanks for sharing!!!

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  151. what a fantastic love story! keep it up
    May ur shadow never be less1!

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  152. i have been reading your blog for awhile and just got around to reading your beautiful love story! thank you so much for sharing it, you guys are a beautiful couple:)

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  153. Wow..... i love this story! I'm going to bookmark your blog! I love this..... you guys are amazing. :)

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  154. I love this so much It is a beautiful story. you guys are a cute couple. This kind of reminded me of myself and my future husband and how we first met. You are right when it comes to the little things that happen to make two people cross roads. We both kind of have similar lives I just hope I get a great ending like yours. :3

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  155. mesmrsng..:)

    may god always bless yu..

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  156. Just stumbled across ur blog.....you guys are sickening beautiful, look perfect together and what an awesome story! Kudos to him for being sooo romantic...blessings to u both!!

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  157. Right before Valentines Day I happen to see this blog entry..how perfect! :) Love your story...getting over a break up myself, I found inspiration in your words. I truly believe that no matter how hard the break up is, something better is waiting for you on the other side if you are waiting to cross that bridge. Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness together!

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  158. Wow you sure know how to tell a captivating story. On a day like today, I really needed to read something like this. It's a truly beautiful love story!
    You've got me as a new follower :)

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  159. You left your previous boyfriend because he didn't manage his finances well. So he was good at heart and was a good person but because he was not exactly successful and could not buy happiness for you, you left him. I mean, what is up with all the girls. A good man does not deserve being loved and should be alone just because he is not successful. Girls always and always fall for the successful ones. And if they even make the mistake of falling in love with a poor guy, they realize it soon enough and leave them to marry another one 'who manages his finances well'. I mean, it's ridiculous. This is just not fair. Or may be it's only me.

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  160. ok, seriously....so romantic and beautiful. You seriously know how to tell your story! You are so lucky to have each other! Not to mention - a georgous couple! Enjoy your good fortune and happiness!

    Robynslittlenest.com

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  161. Well I like your story. Honestly, after reading part 1,it makes me feel like continue reading the next part. Its good to meet someone that really shows u everything . Both of you suits well (Gorgeous Couple) Amazing. Together Forever.

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  162. Wow.
    I'm speechless. Jenni, you're an amazing writer and reading this made me feel like I was by your side the entire time...just watching all of these situations unfold.

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  163. Truth to be told - this story touched me and now Im sitting here writing this comment in tears. You made a part of me believe in true love again :')

    I found this blog mainly because of your article on Blogging Tips seeing as I just started my blog a few weeks ago and I left it not just with your Blogging Tips but with a changed out look on love.
    Thank you.

    xX

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  164. Just found your blog and of course the first thing I read was this. SO so sweet. I love how y'all both just knew. Absolutely adorable.

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  165. http://voiceomh.blogspot.in/2012/07/one-day-i-thought-someone-will-become.html

    one day i thought,
    someone will become my love,
    someone will become my breath,
    someone will live in my heart,
    one day when when i will met her,
    i will love her very much,
    because some one will become my life!!!

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  166. You left your previous boyfriend because he didn't manage his finances well. So he was good at heart and was a good person but because he was not exactly successful and could not buy happiness for you, you left him. I mean, what is up with all the girls. A good man does not deserve being loved and should be alone just because he is not successful. Girls always and always fall for the successful ones. And if they even make the mistake of falling in love with a poor guy, they realize it soon enough and leave them to marry another one 'who manages his finances well'. I mean, it's ridiculous. This is just not fair. Or may be it's only me.

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  167. hahaha all girls r same ..u never change..u luv money ..u wanna lead ur hole life luxuriously wid bfs money hahaha kufli fellows... Never ignore a person that loves you, cares for you, and misses you. Because one day, you might wake up from your sleep and realize that you lost the moon while outing the stars.

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  168. Hey, I just found your blog through another blog, and I read your Love Story- what a perfect begining to a lifetime of love!!

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  169. Wow, so beautiful that this post brought me to tears - tears of laughter and emotion. I read that you want to write books, and I can see that you will be an amazing and inspiring author! Your love story was written so honestly, and I deeply appreciate that. I completely agree wtih your insight that we must clear space for amazing things and be open to living the life we always wanted. Serendipitous things are all around us. Sometimes the Universe is subtle and other times it's loud and clear. In any case, it's beautiful to be open to these nudges. I'm glad you have found your lifetime partner. :)

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  170. what a romantic story !! loved it

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  171. Simply........ beautiful.

    so cute!!

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  172. What a lovely story, sometimes you have to go with your gut feeling no matter how wrong the timing seems. I did a similar thing and it was the best decision of my life! This is the first blog I have ever read and you have definitely inspired me to now start mine!
    Thanks :)

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  174. According to Michael Fiore, Capture His Heart online relationship program is all about:

    "How to get that one special guy to find you, chase you, and give you the love you deserve forever! If you're sick of broken hearts, bad relationships, or just ending up with the WRONG GUY (even though he might feel so right at the time), then Capture His Heart is for you"

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  175. So. I'm preeeeetty much obsessed with your blog now. It's too early in the day to be crying, but my excuse is: I'm 7 months pregnant, love romance and your story is SO beautiful! Sharing on Facebook now...haha

    ♥,
    Galaxia

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  176. hi...
    It is really very nice feeling to have such a great story. Really very nice and touchy...

    Want my love back

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  177. I really Just Enjoyed the reading,....N thanks for Sharing ur Feelings With us,...Its beautiful

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  178. How sweet! True serendipity! You two are the cutest :))

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  179. OH MY GOD!!! this stuff is everything I dream of and more. You are so incredibly lucky jenni and so pretty. I love your blog, the design of it, the pictures, the layout your simplistic way of writing, the topics you cover.. everything! all the best and keep writing.
    I just broke up with what I though was my "Mr Darcy" and your story truly inspired. I am also a huge fan of the Secret and was wondering if you can share how you applied the secret to your love life? i really want to find my soulmate but it's just not happening. it ll be great if you decide to write a blogpost about it but if not, please email me at 27lazyladles@gmail.com. Pretty please?

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  181. Wow.. I've just sat here and read your story and it is quite simply.. Wonderful :)

    Liane x

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  184. Oh my gosh. I am in pure and utter tears. At work. SO BEAUTIFUL.

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  185. I just recently followed your blog when I saw the May blog challenge. I just read your love story, and it is truly so romantic and inspiring. Y'all are an adorable couple!

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  187. nice story .............
    i read your blog very nice story in love relationship. love relationship great part of our life without love relationship our life totally useless and boring. so you want Get your love back. then your use astrology vashikaran term. its great...............


    very nice post great work...................!

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  188. That was really a great story. You are very lucky to find your better half.:)
    I can understand how you would have felt to find the right person for you just a few days after your break up. But it's good that you made the right decision at right time.
    And you are really lucky to have such a romantic husband. May God bless you both. :)

    Here's an another piece of work by me - discussing about the very popular topic - LOVE :http://www.manpreetkaur93.blogspot.in/2013/05/the-right-way-to-love-someone.html

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