January 31, 2017

Our Story Chapter 1 -- How We Met

Our love story is one of my favorites. I'm sure all couples say that, & it is true for each couple. I enjoy telling our story to anyone who will listen (or will read it). I decided to break it down into a few different parts since there is a lot to tell. So, here is how Daron & I met each other.

Daron & I met through an online dating website (I don't even remember the name of it) in September of 2001. I can't remember the exact date, but it was after September 11th. We began by writing emails back & forth. They weren't anything special. Just the kind of things you start of with. Each one was a series of questions that we wanted to know about the other. I found out he had been in the Army, he found out I was a military brat. We talked about our likes & dislikes, our faith, what denomination church we went to. We talked about our families, how many siblings we each had. You know, the normal get to know you type of stuff. We also talked about September 11th because it was still so fresh for everyone.

After a week or so of emails we decided to instant message each other.....using AOL messenger (does this even exist anymore? haha). Daron wasn't the fastest person on a keyboard, but it was faster then waiting for emails to send back & forth. Plus, each of us still had dial-up Internet so it was really slow no matter what. A few days into messaging we moved to voice chat over AOL which was really annoying because we would end up talking over each other. So Daron decided to give me his phone number & leave it up to me to call him. I waited about an hour (long enough for each of us to log off the Internet).

When I called him it was kind of odd. I mean, I only knew him through the computer screen. Now I was hearing his voice & actually talking to him. Jokes were actually funny now, we didn't have to type out that we were laughing. We could actually carry on a normal conversation. We would talk on the phone for maybe an hour twice a week. We probably talked for about two weeks before one of us finally asked out location. We knew we were both in the Wyoming/Kentwood area, but we had left that vague for a reason. We were shocked to discover that we only lived a few miles from each other. I went past his house on my way home from work occasionally. That was unbelievable to both of us. From that point on your phone calls would last for hours (it was a good thing my house had two phone lines) & we would also talk more often. I am pretty sure I drove my mom & brothers crazy with how much I was on the phone. I know that we would stay on the phone until one of us started falling asleep most nights. I felt like I was back in high school, it was crazy.

I think I'll stop there for now. Like I said, our story is my favorite & I could go on forever telling it. I will continue telling our story in another post, I promise.

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