Love Story: Yet Another Day Closer

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My dear Danny,

Darling, so much for retiring to bed early!  I am too excited that I cannot sleep.  I am laying here in love, trying to visualize you in person, and going over and over in my mind the moment we will meet.  I am so very much in love.  Know that I am all yours!  I really can’t even think of a reason why I wouldn’t want you.  Really.  Can’t think of one.  The things we have already talked about are what I truly care about the most…and you have it all.  All the other little details are so very insignificant to me.  I mean that.

I love you.  I can’t wait to see the man that houses such a beautiful soul.



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Sweet Mara,

Oh…I’m sorry it didn’t work as well for you as it did for me.  Admittedly I still didn’t fall asleep until about 12:40 am (way too giddy and in love).  But, by then my 20 hrs being awake at that time overruled that excitement eventually, and I finally slept through the night until at least 6:00.  Again, you’ve stolen my words and thoughts.  I’ve only been putting any disclaimers of “if it doesn’t work” because it seems like at least some caution should be expressed…..but I’m with you.  There is nothing that could stop me from loving you the way I do now.  Especially because weaknesses and flaws mean so much less when one approaches life the way you do!

Wow, so I just went through last night’s emails again, smiling radiantly, and just thought….WOW!  I mean, if that isn’t one of the best exchanges I could ever imagine….I mean…HOLY MOLY!!!  I really don’t have words.  So grateful, so full of hope and love.  Thank you, Mara, for every ounce of the woman you are.

I am truly happy.  Thank you, Mara.  Yet another day closer to your embrace 🙂

With great admiration,


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I am twinkling all over.  Haha.  Thx for your oh-so-good email.  I will respond more when I can.  For now I am sending you a photo …I just got my hair done [note to readers:  This was actually the first picture I sent to Danny – to shy to show him a photo of my face so he got one of my hair.]  Right now I am in a dressing room quickly trying on some clothes as I’m trying to figure out what to wear when I meet you.  I know I am so vain.  But only sometimes. 🙂

Love!!!  You!!!!

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Mara Dear,

Today flew by (yeah…one more down!!!).

And then shopping…..well, I did get a few things that I’d had my eye on for some time now.  I think I’m looking quite sexy 🙂  Hopefully you’ll like it.  Btw, if we are to go to Wicked, how should I plan on dressing?  Do nice jeans with a tie and vest/jacket count?  Or should I be even more dressed up?  What kind of outfit will you be wearing?  I certainly hope I can at least look passable next to you.

Mara, I know I already said it yesterday…but I absolutely LOVED your email last night.  I’ve read it so many times – last night, this morning, this afternoon, tonight  – each time feeling my heart just leap for joy.  You make PERFECT sense!  I feel like I understand every word you say.  Mara, we are lucky, and blessed.  Every night since meeting you I have knelt in pure gratitude for this life changing and life giving union.  Any worries or fears or doubts about my future just wash away, every part of my life is rejuvenated and imbued with strength.  I’m nicer to my coworkers, my lessons at church are more heartfelt, I am more in tune with the spirit of God (I have learned some amazing things over the last few weeks) I am more thoughtful and kind to those around me – all while being distracted by thoughts of you nearly every moment of the day!

Oh…and marriage….to YOU!!!  I couldn’t possibly hope for anything better!  Thank you for not feeling like you shouldn’t say something like that just because we haven’t even “met” yet.  And yes…I know that sounds ridiculous, cause who says stuff like that?  Well…YOU DO!  And I love you for it!  It’s not like I haven’t been thinking about it since the moment I began to read your kind sweet words and understand your amazing heart and soul.  Thank you for being more open than I ever could have imagined anyone being with me.  I can’t tell you how happy I am that I noticed only a few days before meeting you that I had no filter myself and that other people weren’t used to that.  It makes me appreciate it all the more that you don’t have one either.  Here we are, two people willing to bear our hearts and souls to each other, and in each others words find solace, hope, courage, home.

And Mara, love, thank you for reassuring me that your love is strong, and real, and will continue no matter what.  I promise you I will not doubt that.  I couldn’t.  I have been enveloped in it from the start.  But yes, your words still mean so much to me because I keep asking myself “can this be REAL….I mean come on!  This is impossible, isn’t it?”  So thank you for making it undeniably clear.  I am just in heaven thinking about how lucky I am, and just how much I am dying to be with you, and to love you as you have loved me.

I have more to write…but I’m afraid that if I begin the next part I will be up way too late trying to get it all out right.  So please be patient and know that I am searching for the right words to express the feelings of my heart towards you.

Goodnight darling…please don’t stay up too late on my account (though admittedly I will be thrilled to hear from you the moment I wake).


See here for the full ‘Love Story‘ collection of emails…starting from Day 1 of Danny & Mara.  🙂

P.S.  For anyone single & dating – let me suggest a tip – – – if you have to constantly wonder what the other person is thinking & if they keep you wondering for a long period of time, consider this a red flag!  A little coaxing is ok & you can always see what unfolds, but if this person’s love or care for you remains a complete mystery, consider finding someone who is willing to be open & loving in a relationship – – trust me………….it’s so much nicer 🙂  Any stories about how your bf/gf or spouse lets you know they love you?

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  1. Anonymous April 4, 2012 at 7:39 am - Reply

    Oh my… how many days until you meet? I just can't take it anymore!!!! hahaha!!! Our hearts leap in joy with yours!!!

  2. Anonymous April 4, 2012 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    This is my first time commenting here…but I just had to say thank you for your blog! It is so refreshing to see and read so many happy, positive posts about marriage! My husband and I have been married 2 and a 1/2 yrs and we absolutely are crazy about each other! We love being married and we love seeing other people who share that joy! So many people only have negative things to say about the topic of relationship/marriage and it can be truly depressing.

    I totally agree with what you said about being "open"! My husband and I made it a big priority to talk talk talk! 🙂 We talk about everything. I was actually the reserved one when we first got married, but my husband would encourage me to just share my heart without worrying or being fearful and I am so thankful that he helped me like that! Our relationship has grown to such depths we did not even imagine we could reach, just by being willing to be honest and open with each other.

    Sorry for making this such a long comment! Thanks again for writing and sharing! It truly is a joy and encouragement to read!


  3. JEREMYandCHELSEA April 4, 2012 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    The suspense is killing me!!! I'm so excited, but I don't want your lovely letters to end. I can't tell you what a difference your blog has made in my life in just 1 month. Thank you Mara and Danny!

  4. Mara April 4, 2012 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    A sweet way that Husband shows me he loves me – he makes my lunch EVERY DAY. And it's not one of those quickly made lunches – I get freshly cut veggies and a salad with all the trimmings. Sometimes I even get a sweet post-it note. 🙂

  5. heidelade April 4, 2012 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    As we were setting up our bedroom in our new home and picking sides of the bed my husband told me he wanted to sleep closer to the door – I asked why does he always want that side? When our little ones get up during the night and come looking for us he wanted them to come to his side instead of mine so I could get more sleep. Yep, six kids and with every baby during the night I nurse and then he takes the baby from me and tells me to go back to sleep – then he burps and changes them and rocks them back to sleep. After they wean he still gets up with them during the night. Helping a tired mom get more sleep? Oh, yes – I feel loved!

    • Anonymous July 13, 2012 at 12:50 pm - Reply

      This made me melt…what a wonderful husband you have!

  6. Lydia April 4, 2012 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    I admit, when my husband and I started dating his openness about his feelings for me and the future totally scared me. I guess I didn't have enough dating experience to realize what a blessing that was. I was used to playing games. Now his ability to be open and honest has me counting my lucky stars. I agree that being open is SO MUCH NICER in a relationship. It's beautiful to read how you two built such a strong foundation with each other before you had even met!

  7. L April 7, 2012 at 5:08 am - Reply

    So sweet!! I can't wait until you post about the day you met.

    My fiance and I met and found ways to hang out nearly every day for the first ten days of knowing one another. He then asked me to dinner and told me he didn't want me to wonder why he kept hanging out with me, that he was interested (and he listed several reasons why – oh wow), and he hoped I too was interested and shared his desire to continue seeing one another. I melted, any walls came down, and the rest was history. 🙂 I'm taking his name in 7 days.

  8. June 20, 2012 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    Being able to communicate openly was a huge blessing with my former fiance. From the very first day we talked about things that mattered — family, faith, beliefs, experiences, aspirations, dreams, goals. Obviously there were things that didn't work well and we aren't together, but that is something that I continually am looking for in a future relationship.

    The biggest question is: when does being open become a bad thing? You know, "honest to a fault" type situation.

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