Monday, February 14, 2011

My Eternal Valentine

Today was supposed to be my wedding day.

Well not today, but today 11 years ago. 2-14-00. We referred to the date in code "twenty-one, four-hundred" so none of our family or friends got it. It was our "one day"...but I'm getting ahead of myself.

At sixteen I went on my first ever blind date. I never thought my date might end up being twenty and sporting a stylish goatee. In fact, I was such a straight arrow that the facial hair made me leery, but no more than a twenty year old who didn't have anything other than work going in his life. My dad was a doctor. I had high expectations!

And then he made me laugh.

Magic. We talked, we laughed. During our "activity", a volleyball game, (since he was on the opposite team) he served right to me every time! (He swears that wasn't his intention.) Granted, I was not overly impressed, but on our second date I knew.

We dated 5 months. He went away for two years on a service mission and we wrote every week, all the time planning toward this perfect 21-400. Finally after two and a half years of waiting, we were reunited--and his family wanted us to hold out for ANOTHER 6 months!!!

I came home from college, and we got married in January--because his parents planned to be out of town over our coveted date. Oye! Well, what can you do? I got the man, and two weeks sooner than I'd anticipated, so now we have an extended celebration: every year we celebrate an anniversary, and laugh about 21-400.

Here's to the sweetest man in the world who supports my dreams and tells me he loves me every day! Happy Valentines day Matthew.


  1. What a sweet story. I love the pic of you in the veil. Happy Valentines Day.

  2. Oh, what a lovely story!

    Just popping by to say hello to a fellow crusader, lovely to meet you.

  3. A very sweet story--MAN, you guys were babies! I can't imagine somebody I picked at 16 still being the right one for me all these years later... I barely got it right at 22.Congrats on the anniversary!

  4. Very nice! Love the pics. I'm a fellow crusader and new follower. Nice to meet you.

  5. That is the sweetest. Congratulations to both of you. Dropping by from the crusader list to follow and say hello. =)

  6. It's nice to see happy couples, sometimes I think they don't exist anymore.

    and so beautifully worded, right from the heart.


  7. What a sweet story!
    Fellow crusader saying hello.

  8. So sweet! So worth the wait :)

    Hi from a fellow Crusader
    W.I.P. It: A Writer's Journey

  9. Hi again Crystal - we're in the same Crusade Group so I hope to visit regularly.

    I visited your other website the first time I visited and followed your blog, and now I have a certain tune running through my head, and the lyrics "Will you be my first, my last, my only..." Definitely catchy!

    Team Lucas anyone?

    I'm assuming Immortal would be the long-term novelisation project you envisage in the future. Sounds interesting!


  10. Hello, fellow crusader!

    What a great story - I'm glad you finally got your man!

  11. Yay for Crusaders! I'm so excited to get to "know" you all.

    Adina--Team Lucas indeed! The book is actually written, all 130K words of it... SO yeah, only have about 40k words to chop, but not until we get the musical on stage!

  12. Hi, fellow Crusader. What a sweet story. It made me smile.

  13. Very sweet post. A reminder not to get hung up on the date because it's the relationship.

  14. I love this story! Real is so much better than people expect. I'm following you back. See you around.

  15. 21 400! What a sweet story, thanks for sharing it with us.

  16. What a great story, thanks for sharing it. :)

    Hiya, buddy crusader! Thanks for following me--I'm making the rounds today and checking out your blog too. Nice to meet you, and Happy Friday! :)

    Artzicarol Ramblings

  17. Very sweet! How lucky you both are to have found each other. :)

  18. Hello fellow Crusader, what a sweet love story. Just stopped by to say hello and to follow you.

  19. LOVE LOVE LOVE Fairy Tale weddings! :D

    Here's an award for you!


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