Love Story: Continued…

Oh man, this is the look of love.  This photo was taken during those early days.  I could not get that dreamy look off my face.

After several email exchanges over that first weekend of knowing of each other, Danny & I were just head over heels.   Here are some of the next exchanges.  hahha….I laugh at my boldness, but ladies, I seriously couldn’t help myself.  And I really didn’t care where it would take me.  I knew by then that I was going to be fine either way.  So I just went for it and didn’t hold back.


Oh my goodness……
Danny, I could just hug you.  You are one amazing man!  I feel beyond words right now.  THANK YOU for your wonderful email.  You have touched me so much.  I have just loved, loved our exchanges as well.  I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to converse with someone who has so much inner strength and has such an understanding of so many things.  This is so strange to say, but I feel love for you as a fellow man…you know? [Hahaha…can you believe I just said that?!?] I just know exactly what it feels like to have gone through something so terrible, yet to feel so close to God and therefore still be able to offer so much good, regardless.  And I see that in you.  And that rocks.  And it makes my heart full.  I love anyone that can kick some butt like that.  Oh wow.  Seriously impressive. 🙂

I hope you’ve had a good Sabbath.  I do love the Sabbath so much….I didn’t used to like I do now.  But now I appreciate every drop of the renewal, the rest, the good music, my young women whom I teach, etc.  And my ward!  Well, my ward [congregation]out here is like family to me.  I have never been more surrounded by love as I was this last year.  They all have cared for me so much & I will never forget their unbelievable amounts of kindness.  It was amazing !  And still they are so protective of me and so good to me.  I’m a very lucky girl.

Oh, thank you, Danny.  I can’t wait to write you more. 

I will be re-reading your email many times over in the meantime. 

Goodnight to you! (It’s fun that we are writing from afar yet both still on the east coast, you know?  You don’t feel all that far away 🙂  I am already so excited to meet you.  Let me know if you end up in NY some how.  It would be fun to just meet as friends.  Otherwise, coincidentally there is a chance that I might be in Boston the last week of next month.

All best,



I was already wanting to marry this man… haha….so I sent him a Brooklyn hoodie in the meantime  🙂


I would love to come down to NY! 

If the conversations thus far are any indicator, dinner and a little walking around getting to know each other sounds wonderful.  If it works out for me to hang around on Sunday as well, hopefully you’ll let me make you some made-from-scratch buttermilk pancakes in the morning (It’s a Sunday tradition in my home, that and I enjoy cooking for my friends, and although not the most complicated meal I can prepare, it’s one of my favorites)

And yes, how great is a church family!  Sometimes I try to imagine where I’d be without them and their support, friendship, and love.  The way people take you under their wing, the compassion in their eyes when you tell them your spouse has decided to leave (I get a little emotional when I remember the first time I told a few of the older women in the ward.  The compassionate look on their faces just melted me and their motherly instincts just kicked right in.)  I don’t know how I could possibly get through it without them!  I’m thrilled you’ve experienced the same kind of support and love.

Like you, as exciting as it might be to date again, more than anything I, too, look forward to the day that I can marry again and begin a family.  Besides having great parents who I feel gave me every opportunity to believe in myself and raise me in a happy environment, I also have two of the best examples of marriage/parenting in my two sisters and their husbands.  They give me great hope for the kind of home I hope to enjoy someday.

Enjoy the rest of your evening, Mara.  And as always, thank you!  I can’t tell you how much I enjoy the genuine personality that seems to leap off my computer screen.  I think I had one of those stupid grins on my face all day long 🙂  I find myself anxiously checking my phone each and every time it buzzes, only too often to find that it’s someone from work interrupting my thoughts or some lame offer from American Express…bummer.  

Have a great week!  And thank you for continuing to brighten my day with these amazing exchanges!!



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  1. Laurie October 10, 2011 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    OH, thank you for sharing!!!! i am teary-eyed as i read this. You guys are two of my favorite people, and getting this insight into your early days is so much fun!!! I am so grateful for your great love and how it all came to be. You were both so ready, and jumped right in! you guys are the best!!! lots of love, can't wait to see you!!

  2. This girl loves to talk October 10, 2011 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    these emails are great! Just a few months ago I posted my husband and I's first emails on my blog. Ummmm my first email seriously said "Lets not got to convention … lets get married instead!" (this was to a guy I hardly knew.. convention is a yearly Young Single adult gathering where YSA from all around australia get together) I must have been pyschic because we certainly did get married (just after said convention 😉

  3. Angela October 11, 2011 at 4:01 am - Reply

    Thanks so much for posting these. I am very touched and also inspired by how open you both were right from the start.

  4. debsfreckles October 19, 2011 at 5:07 am - Reply

    I am all about be open, honest, and forward. Dating would go a lot better for a lot of people if they could/would be themselves from the start.

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