Love Story: Telling Family that We are in Love

(The collection of our ‘Love Story‘ emails are published here on this blog in all their unscripted glory. These are letters between two people who had never met, two people who had also each faced a divorce in the year prior.  If you are new to this series and want to read more, click here for the very first exchange.)

Danny –

I could not stop smiling if someone offered me a million dollars.
The smiles just continue & continue….

…but my number is xxx-xxx-xxxx.

It just feels strange that you don’t have it.
I guess I can’t get Friday out of my mind.  Plus you’ll likely need my number then to text me.  So I’m just thinking way, way, way far in advance.  🙂

Mara –

My goodness, I am in heaven.  Yes, the laughing and smiles are uncontrollable, and did I just put a few of your pics on my iPhone an hour ago???  Maybe!  I needed to put a picture in to match your phone number, and a few others just decided to come along for the ride.

Good night to you dear Mara….I don’t even know if I’ll be able to sleep.  My heart is POUNDING way too much.

Can’t wait to wake up tomorrow, one day closer to meeting you. 🙂  Though I will treasure these days and the hope they brought with them.

Thank you for everything that you are doing so that we can be together this weekend and just soak it all in.  I can’t wait!

Dreaming of you.

Much Love (and many scattered and delightful thoughts as you can tell above),

Dear Mara,

So, last night I started a small little project out of silly curiosity…how many pages would our 200+ emails take up if I just stacked them end to end in a word doc….at Times New Roman font size 10?  NINETY EIGHT PAGES.  How bout that!!!  I guess we have spent some considerable time writing each other.

Oh, and I started re-reading some of my favorites (but honestly, which one isn’t), and I am just blown away.  Mara, if these aren’t some of the most important and beautiful words ever written and read between two “strangers”, well….I’d be shocked!  I truly treasure what has happened here, and the way in which it has happened.  This is really quite wonderful, and I am ooohhh so excited to finally meet you, face to face.  I think about it all the time!

Hope you’re having a good day and that you’re getting plenty of stuff done.  I know I’m trying (in between getting carried away in thoughts of you).

My best to you for all the happiness you bring me!




98 pages????  Holy moly.  You are just so cute to even figure that out.  I love it.  I re-read our very first emails recently and just smiled.  I could tell from day 1 that we were on the same page.  You have just felt so good to me from the beginning.

I’m on the train.  My stop is near.  I’ll take with me all your adoring words and love.  You make me melt sooooo much.  Danny, thank you for loving me.   It just means the world!!!!

I can’t wait to see all of you.

With so much love,


Mara, I love you!

I just got done with an hour long conversation with my mom.  Until now I’d kind of been holding out on them.  I told them about you, I told them I thought you were great, that something could happen, etc….but I was very cryptic because part of me felt so stupid trying to explain this miracle that had happened between us by email.  Not even that really, it’s not that it’s over email….it’s that I love you AS MUCH AS I DO in just a few weeks of email.  So anyway, I hadn’t quite unloaded on my mom yet, hadn’t found the right time to say “Mom, not only am I doing just fine, but life is actually amazing, and I’m in love with a girl that I haven’t even met, and I’ve told her I’d marry her RIGHT NOW if I could.  She is everything, everything you would ever want for me, I feel closer to God now than any time before, and I couldn’t be happier.”

But, I just did that, and I am simply beaming…it makes you all the more real to talk about you so freely to my mom.  She’s just laughing and excited and amazed and grateful, I think mainly because she knows I couldn’t be happier.  So, the secrets out…my family now knows that I’m in love.

So Mara, I love you!


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  1. Sara Estis April 18, 2012 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    Everything happens for a reason and blessings, like you and Mara finding each other, just continue to reinforce that belief. I truly believe that parents just want their children to be happy and want what is best for them. So excited that your Mom became a great resource for you to share your excitement with!

  2. Morgan and Norman Reece April 18, 2012 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    I love these because my husband and I fell in love through letters 🙂 brings back memories.

  3. RKProws April 18, 2012 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    I love the e-mails and am so glad you both are willing to share them. They are beautiful and I always look forward to them!! 🙂 Can't wait to hear about the first meeting!! [Much love]

  4. Anonymous April 18, 2012 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    Oh my gosh can I relate to the last paragraph where Danny is speaking to his mom about the whole thing, it's weird to explain a love phenomenon that happens so un-traditionaly, I had the same experience except my husband served his mission where I was from, we never talked/dated on the mission (obviously)I just knew of him because he served in my area for about 6 weeks but after his mission we ended up talking on the phone randomly and started a phone friendship…this later progressed into more and it's just weird how things that are meant to be have a way of finding you and falling into place, needless to say it is was awkward telling his parents that he had falling in love with a girl they had never met over the phone and that we were probably serious enough to get engaged at some point, they were not happy, but here we are 7 years later and couldn't be happier together :), I know Heavenly Father put us together and we were meant to be no matter how weird anyone thinks it is, it is like Danny said a miracle…

  5. C. April 18, 2012 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    Wow. I mean, I have liked reading your emails but MAN did Danny's last paragraph get me! I am trying to hold back tears for you two. How awesome.

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  7. Laurie April 19, 2012 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    This was so fun to read, because after Danny talked to mom, she called his sisters (me and Kelli) and let us know! We were all so excited!!!! I looked up Mara's photo on Facebook and thought she was beautiful. Then just a short time later, my baby was ill and Danny said she was praying for us. I decided to ask DAnny if I could email her and say thank you. Well, the most beautiful email came back from dear Mara, and I immediately wrote an email to Danny saying, I can see why you fell in love with this girl over email, she is so warm and wonderful with just her words! You two are perfect for each other! love you both

  8. Angel July 28, 2012 at 8:16 am - Reply

    i have no idea how I stumbled upon your blog but I have not been able to stop reading. It's funny how you are starting a book club….when I'm deep into reading your LOVE STORY and I just can't stop!!! : ) I can't/don't want to read anything else : ) hahahha
    D+M all the best. Happy for your bliss. now to read some more : )

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