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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Holiday Happiness

The holiday season is certainly very special for us! Met at Christmas, engaged on Thanksgiving, and getting married New Years Day! :)
"Mike and I met during Christmas at my aunt’s house in Florida. He was my cousin’s best friend and I was instantly smitten. He was so different than anyone I’d  ever met. He was hilarious, sarcastic, extremely intelligent, and had the most amazing stormy blue eyes you’ve ever seen. He chased me around my aunt’s back yard with markers—I guess that meant he liked me, too. After the holidays, I went back to Alabama with my family, but he never left my mind. That was in 1998, and I was 11.

We saw each other every other Christmas for the next few years—only 4 times between 1998 and 2003. We spent the time between, chatting on Instant Messenger, sending ridiculously long emails, and occasionally  talking on the phone. We never fully came out and said that we liked each other, but it was obvious. We’d go months without speaking, and then pick up right where we left off. Despite the distance, there was something that just kept drawing us back to each other. The last time we came to Florida for the holidays was in 2005. I was so excited to see him. I had just turned 18, I had grown up a little, and I just knew that if he was there that Christmas, I would finally tell him how I felt after all those years. He didn’t show. I was 16 the last time I saw him.

When I was 19, I moved to Florida with my boyfriend at the time, Jason, so he could pursue his education. I hate to admit this, but as soon as my then-boyfriend decided to move to Florida, Mike crossed my mind.

I knew I would finally be in his home state, closer to him than I’d ever been. Needless to say, my relationship with Jason didn’t work out for a number of reasons. I moved in with my mom in South Florida where I did a combination of sulking and stalking Mike's MySpace page. After a few weeks, I got up the courage to email him. I never expected to get a response—we hadn’t spoken in a year and a half, nor seen each other for almost 4 years. He responded. We (again) emailed and spoke on the phone for a few weeks until we decided to finally meet up.

When we reunited, it was magical. Fireworks. One day turned into three, and we both just knew. This was it. This is what everyone talks about, hopes for. This is why fate kept bringing us back together no matter how much the cards weren’t in our favor. And finally, after almost 10 years, on that weekend, fate managed to set everything up perfectly, flawlessly. On the way home after that weekend, I called my friend, and the first thing I said was, “Oh my god, I’m going to marry him!”

It was heartbreaking going back to our normal lives after that weekend, but we knew everything had changed. We drove back and forth, 4 hours, every weekend for a month until we decided to take the plunge and move in together. We found an apartment in Central Florida and moved in together after only one month of dating. It was crazy and exciting and scary, but here we are three years later, planning our wedding."