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The First Day of the Rest of My Life

On the morning of January 2nd, 2008, I noticed that a guy named John had checked out my profile on Yahoo Personals. I thought he was mighty handsome and I liked what he had to say. Having nothing left to lose in my life, I sent a message his way. Little did I know that the simple act of responding to an online ad would lead to a more wonderful change in my life than I could ever hope to imagine.

Much to my surprise, John wrote back to me that night, and from there began a flurry of online exchanges, followed shortly by phone calls that lasted for hours into each night, and before long an actual face-to-face meeting.

Some say it was pure coincidence, or some sort of cosmic accident that our paths crossed at this time and in this way, but I know better. We were meant to be together during this stage of our lives. Everything we'd both experienced in the past helped to form us into two people who could merge their lives and create a "happily ever after" that truly is.

There is not a day that I don't think back and feel amazed that God saved such a special man for me, and sent him at a time that I would appreciate all he is. Some days I still expect to wake up and find that it's all a dream. Thru all the ups and downs of day to day existence and worries about the future and getting older, I feel secure in the knowledge that our love will see us thru. At last I know what true contentment feels like, and it feels very good!

I've kept transcripts of those first online messages exchanged. Each year on January 2nd I reread them, and I smile. Not only is my life a testament to how all things work out for the good, it is also a testament to how every choice we make, every action we take, ripples out into the universe like waves upon the water. One small text message sent sailing into cyberspace on January 2nd, 2008 set into action a love story that continues to unfold. How blessed I am!

15 comments:

  1. I love your allusion of your choices and actions rippling out into the universe. I am reminded of Kurt Vonnegut's expression of a "karass" of two, when the two you become an entity in yourselves.

    When we were first married many years ago we couldn't get over on how clever we were to have created this marvelous entity of us!

    May January 2nd always bring you happiness.

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  2. Many parts seem like something I could write and mean. Thanks for reminding me how fortunate I, too, am.

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  3. Thank you Oldegg! The older I get the more I realize how blessed I am at this point in my life and how important every choice and action is.

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  4. Awesome Greta... sometimes you have to kiss a few frogs (or in my case toads) to find your prince. Indeed I've found him and it sounds like you have too. I am happy for you as well. Treasure each day you have together!

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  5. You're making tears trickle down my cheeks. Every thought of writing a memoir?

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  6. Dearest Cheryl, you appreciate the true beauty of this event because you know well what my life was like before it came to be. Yes, I have considered writing a memoir, but it would have to be published either under a pen name or posthumously. ;-)

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  7. That is truly romantic and fate. God had his best plans for last!

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  8. Beautiful. No one deserves a happily ever after more than you.

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  9. LOVE LOVE LOVE this.

    Happy Monday. :)

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  10. As you know, our lives took an amazingly simular path. We are turly blessed. As usual, your blog paints a picture of love, faith, and peace.

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  11. Josie - we find things in unexpected places and knowing the worst of times makes us appreciate the best much more. I am truly delighted for you...(and for me of course :) )

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  12. Somehow I knew you would, Jamie! :)

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  13. Thank you Mary. I often reflect on how the direction of my life has followed yours down the path. Good things do come to those who wait! Isn't it wonderful that these years, no matter how hard they sometimes might be, can be the happiest and the most loved times we've ever known?!

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  14. Loz, that is so very true. Both John and I appreciate each other and our relationship far more than we would have if we had met up at an earlier time in our lives, and we take great care to nuture it. I am equally happy that your life has worked out in wonderful ways. It's not about the challenges we face, it's who we face them with!

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