Love Story: Good Ol’ Kip & LaFonda


When you write me an email like the one you just did, I find myself trying to think of new words to describe you and how spiritually/emotionally/miraculously beautiful you are to me.  I haven’t thought up any good ones yet, but I’m thinking I need to start to read more poetry to become better versed in how to describe a woman like yourself.  I am just laughing reading your email, because it just fills me with happiness and joy, I can’t help but let out a giggle here and a chuckle there.  And I just shake my head and think “this cannot be happening…how can I be this blessed!?!!”  I mean, I know I went through some hard times, but could I have possibly deserved this?  I mean this is just TOO GREAT!  You’re TOO GREAT.  Seriously, just go back and read the email you just wrote me and tell me how I’m not supposed to feel humbled to my knees.  I don’t even know anyone who gets to feel this way, so why me?  Well, if there is one thing I have come to know, it is that God is much more merciful than we often give him credit for.  And I will receive this mercy and kindness with the greatest of gratitude.  Mara, I really do thank God everyday for you.

Oh, and what you said about peace…I know exactly how you feel.  I’m actually less nervous each day (less nervous but more excited!!!).  The anxiety I felt has just been replaced with warmth and confidence.  Yes, all will be well…in fact, I think I speak for both of us when I say that at last, all is finally well, everything is coming together for the ultimate good.  I could not possibly feel happier (and yet something tells me it’s only going to get better, so GET USED TO IT).

Aahhhhh!  Your words give me life!  You are the very definition of amazing.  I love that I am your sweetheart!  Mara, nothing will give me greater pleasure than loving you!  I mean it.  Loving you, not to mention being loved by you, is the most satisfying feeling I’ve known…it is like it is life itself pounding through my veins.  But goodness, to be loved by you, the way you love me for all the right reasons, absolutely melts me.  I am determined to be a better man, I am confident you will bring out the very best in me.  So thank you!

hahaha…oh man – I just got an email from my sister….apparently she’s talked to my mom.  She just said “Heard you have a Kip & LaFonda relationship going on!!!  Best of luck to you this weekend!”  Hopefully you don’t need me to explain the Napoleon Dynamite reference…it’s pretty funny.  I love her.

So anyway, the news is out…I’m a happy man!  And I’m in LOVE!  And apparently my family is happy too 🙂  Isn’t this great, and aren’t our families just awesome!

And oh yeah…one more thing.  In case you feel like dressing it up just a little more, I did happen to buy one killer tie that would look great with my new jeans 🙂  Otherwise, I’m fine going casual…it’s just fun to have a reason to get a little dressed up every now and then.

Well, you’ll probably be working pretty late tonight.  Sweet love will be sent your way to keep you company, I promise!  Okay, need to give me cheeks a rest from smiling, they’re starting to hurt.  I love you, I’d say more than you can know, but I have a feeling you know exactly what I’m talking about!



Oh yes, the shaking of the head….and the laughter…just from sheer disbelief.   I do the same every time.   And I usually make some sort of sound like ahhhhhh….. HOW can this be?!??!?

I should be working and preparing for your arrival (which is TOMORROW!), but I am telling you I just feel so calm and peaceful (and cozy on this chilly autumn night) that I am taking a bubble bath.  Is that the worst thing to tell a guy other than your husband?  Maybe so!  (Sorry!)  Well, I do love taking bubble baths and someday I’ll beg you to take them with me.  Hahaha.  Just warning you now.

Btw, I LOVE what a risk taker you are!!!!!  I love it that you’re so willing to just put your heart on the line for this.  And that you even have the guts to tell your family about our unbelievable few weeks.  I must say, won’t your parents be soooooo happy to see you married and in love?   Mine will be elated. They just want the best for me.  They have given me a lot of strength and comfort and have boosted my faith that good things are ahead.

And yes!  Wear the tie Sat. PM.  Can’t wait to see it.  And I can’t wait to be dressed up by your side.

Danny, it’s crazy to think how historical this weekend could be.  There is potential for this to be the end of life as we know it and the beginning of a shared journey.  How I hope that is the case.

Saying goodbye for now.  You are in my heart, as always.

Longing for you, as usual.

With so much love,



How about you guys?  Any movies come to mind that remind you of your courtship?  “You’ve Got Mail”, of course, fits us perfectly.  We watched it together in those early weeks after meeting.  🙂

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  1. Jemma April 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    Love the Kip and LaFonda reference — too funny. I also love how Danny, who was more reserved at the beginning (as I would have been too!), is now out-and-out singing his love for you. It is just wonderful to see this evolution — hard to believe it happened in only a few weeks, with NO phone calls (which, to me, is such a special, unexpected detail of this story!). Thank you for sharing!

  2. Nora April 26, 2012 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    You guys are amazing. Reading your happy story makes me glad for my own, which is slowly evolving into something deeper and more sustaining than I could ever have pictured. Mara, you are STUNNING in that outfit. Is that yet another Uniqlo shirt?! Sending you both love!

  3. Sara Estis April 26, 2012 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    You two are incredible and your letters always put a smile on my face! Thank you!

  4. Lydia April 26, 2012 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    I can't wait to hear about how your first day together goes! AH. I can't believe it was love before first sight… what will the first sight be like?!

  5. brooke field April 28, 2012 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    these letters are so sweet. thanks for sharing!

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