I love the idea of this blog hop so I HAD to join in.
To my Children,
Its always asked at some point in life by a child,
"How Did you and daddy meet?"
You may not have asked it yet or you may have already, but in case you. May ever wonder, let me tell you how I met your father, the most amazing guy on the planet.
It's funny because I didn't meet him first. Your gramma did.
Gramma met daddy in a chat room when we lived in Alaska. I was around 16 years old. Gramma had just gotten a webtv so we had some access to the Internet. It was nothing fancy but something was better than nothing. She went into this chat room called new2talkcity because in fact she was new. There she met some people that were really nice. One of those was your daddy. Gramma and daddy talked ALOT. He confided in gramma about Branden and the crap he had to go through with Branden's egg donor.
At some point gramma showed daddy my picture. He told gramma that I was a very beautiful girl. Gramma told daddy that she would allow us to talk we. I turned 18. I wonder if she knew something that we didn't. I would say hi to him here and there when I would go in the chat room but it was never anything serious. It was always just a hey how are you, oh ok type thing.
After I turned 18 and as it got towards the end of my high school years I had talked to daddy a bit more. Again, nothing exciting. I got him to give gramma his phone number and I called him right away just to mess with him.
When I got him on the phone for the first time, it was then that I first felt my heart skip a beat. The butterflies I felt in my tummy when I was dialing his number was something else I had never experienced. When I finally heard him say hello, I thought I was going to faint. I don't know why because like I said, we never had serious conversations. Just a passing hello now and then.
It was at the moment that I knew this was some thing more. I just didn't know what.
In June of 2000 your daddy and I talked on the phone for hours at a time for a week straight. He would rush home from work and call me. It would be 1030 at night for him (730 for me) but he called regardless and we would talk for hours.
His voice made me melt. As much as I tried to hide it, gramma knew when I had talked to him because she said my face would be glowing. She told me I was in love.
I looked at her like she was nuts. How could I be in love with someone whom I had never met.
She was right though. My heart was pulling for him.
I had casually mentioned how it would be awesome to come visit him for a week or so and that I was going to save up some money to come over the summer.
A couple days later, I had a phone call from a local travel agent saying I had as plane ticket to come pick up.
Gramma was not thrilled. She made sure she had phone numbers fr a police department and nearby relatives. I had strict orders to call her everyday. Of I was to miss a day, police would be coming to his door.
I left Alaska July 6, 2000 to the arms of your daddy. I was so scared to get off that airplane. I was almost the last person to get off. My heart was racing. Here I am. 18 years old. Leaving Alaska alone to fly half way across the united states to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to meet a man I met online. Was I NUTS? My friends thought so.
I was scared I wouldn't know who to look for. But the moment I stepped off the airplane and met his gaze, I just knew.
There in that airport with a single red rose and a teddy bear was a stunning man. The man who I knew I was meant to be with forever. The Internet brought us together and people have tried to tear us apart, but they have been unsuccessful. July marks 12 years with one another. Needless to say that short visit has yet to end.
This morning, valentines day 2012, your daddy gave me a ring that says he wants me to be his wife.
Daddy STILL makes my heart flutter. He still makes me smile and laugh as the first day I met him. While our time together hasn't been all roses, my love for him is strong.
Courtney & Vanessa, I hope one day you find a man that treats you like a queen. That makes you smile every day and always makes your heart skip a beat. That's what love is.
Branden, I hope you grow into an amazing man that knows how to make a woman smile and feel amazing.
One day, when you want to know how daddy met mommy, I hope this story makes you smile and feel all warm with love. I know that's how I feel every day. I am so thankful for him and you.