Love Story: Danny’s Packed & Ready to Go. More Emails from the DAY WE MEET!

         (Photo by Melanie Mauer)

Hello dear readers –

We hope you’ve enjoyed hearing about our ‘Love Story’ and reading the emails we wrote to each other sight unseen in the 3 weeks before we met.  It’s been fun to share them with you.  We just wanted to share what love can feel like when two people come together with their own individual peace & happiness.  It’s really amazing.  You guys, it’s better than the movies.  🙂  It’s better than romance novels.  It’s the best kind of love I’ve ever experienced.  And…it makes for a really amazing marriage.  We couldn’t be more grateful for the union that we have.  And it’s only because we chose to do the inner work first – the work needed to heal and have self-worth.  The work needed to be vulnerable enough to LOVE for the sake of loving.  And the work needed to truly be at peace & happy with our lives – even in the state they were in, with divorces and infertility in our recent past.  If we can do this, we know that you can, too!!  Little by little.  Whether you are married yet or not, we just know it’s possible!  🙂  It’s important to note that every story will look different.  Some will not have what you would call a storybook ending.  It may not even be close to that.  But even then – so much beauty & liberation awaits you individually as you try to heal and be at peace with your lives.  And we hope you feel our support and love every step of the way as you try to get there.

Today I present more emails from the day we met.  🙂 🙂 🙂  Part of me wants to just give them all to you today at once – every last one.  But that would still be one loooong post.  You know me, my posts are long enough (like this one)!  So, I’ll still break up the last bits of these emails into I think 1 (maybe 2?) additional posts.  But I’m too anxious now so expect these to be posted sooner than later.

And, very soon we have some special photos to share with you.  We were so incredibly lucky to have a reader and photographer from Kentucky (Melanie Mauer) come to New York to photograph us in the very spot where we met.  The photographs are just beautiful and we cherish them so, so much!  And the woman behind that camera was unreal.  She really could be one of the kindest, most lovely people we’ve ever met.  We loved her assistant, too.  They won our hearts big time and we are so thankful to them for their loveliness, cute New York saaviness (they got a cabbie to hang out for a photo!), and generosity.

And here we go …



I’m sitting at my desk in awe.  I re-read what I wrote to you and what you wrote to me, and I just feel GOOD.  Ashley wrote me two texts this morning – “I got a feelin’….”   “that tonight’s gonna be a good night”.  I laughed all the way to work.  And I sang, and I smiled, and I just loved you!  (btw, please don’t have high expectations for my singing abilities….I’ve never been trained and I’m not that polished…I just like it, I love music and can’t help but sing along!)  So anyways, it has been a good start to the day.

But then getting in here and being able to reread what you last wrote to me…well….I’m just moved….and deeply touched….and full of love for you and the effect we have had on each other, and full of gratitude for the way God has used the both of us to bless and inspire the lives of the other.  That is really beautiful.  I could go through line by line and tell you things I love about what you wrote, but I do have to get some work done today :).  So instead I’ll just take one of my favorites “I want nothing more than to leave my good mark on this earth.  I don’t know why or how………..but that drives me beyond belief.  That is probably the biggest driving force of my existence.  It encompasses so much.”  I have felt that same drive in me for so long now, I’m never quite sure what is in store for me or how I’m going to do that….but I really want to live a life that matters….and I trust that if that is the desire of my heart than God will help me do that.  And to find someone who feels the same driving force is just a miracle and a blessing.  I love you for that!

So for now, and thank goodness for only a short time, I bid you farewell.

I have a feeling I won’t be able to contain my happiness today, nor do I want to.

Thank you darling and love!



Thx for your wonderful note!!!!!  I couldn’t be happier that you just love who i am.  And that I just love who you are.  We are quite an extraordinary match.  I, too, have a good feeling.  No matter what, I will love you beyond measure tonight.  No doubt about it.  And even if we don’t end up married, I will forever be grateful that we met and could help each other along the path.
It was meant to be that we met.

Are you still coming on the Peter Pan?  I believe that destination is Port Authority.   I simply cannot wait to pick you up.  And I am assuming you will go to the bus straight from work, which means you may not get dinner so we could grab a bite to eat when you arrive, if you’d like.  I’ll try to have some snacks on hand at my apt, too.

Oh, what a beautiful day.  So much I want to fit in before I see you. 🙂

I love you dearly!

Big hug,



I am taking the Peter Pan (Fung-Wah just seems so sketchy….maybe not though?)  And yes, it does get out at the Port Authority.

I plan on catching the 5:00 pm bus.  They say the travel time is 4 – 5 hours….depending on traffic, so I’ll probably just have to keep you updated on my location as I get closer…hopefully I won’t arrive any later than 10:00 pm.

Okay, have a wonderful day!  And yes, this is VERY cool!

I’ll give you that big hug soon enough 🙂



Thank you!

I just had a big train nightmare.   Power outage – reroutings- and now I’m on the wrong side of Central Park and am ever so delayed for an appt.  But oh my —— Nothing could take this smile off my face. 🙂 🙂 🙂

I love you!



Darling.  I am at the temple.  I had to move mountains to make it here.  But I just HAD to come.  I must give thx to God.

With love, Mara


Mara – My goodness….I really do just love you.  I hope you have a wonderful time.  Will be thinking of you every minute!


Well, it has been a wonderful day for so many reasons.  I feel so much comfort and peace on this amazing day.

I am heading now to Brooklyn.

I know it will be late, but would you like to go for sushi when you arrive?  At none other than Nobu? As long as we get in by 11:15 pm, we’re good.

I can’t believe this is happening.  Wow.

Much love,


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  1. Sara May 17, 2012 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    You certainly are leaving a positive mark on the world- both of you! Thank you for all of your inspiring thoughts and stories.

  2. Ashley Doan May 17, 2012 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    I'm on the edge of my seat! I can't wait to read the rest and hear about this amazing "first look"!

  3. Unknown May 17, 2012 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    How exciting!!!!!

    By the way, I found your blog several months ago through the blog Natalie's Sentiments. She wrote a post this week I thought you and Danny would like.

  4. Unknown May 17, 2012 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    For some reason I can't get the comment thingy to show my name!

  5. Nora May 17, 2012 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    YAY! These are so loving and delightful and exciting to read. Thanks for adding so much power and goodness to the world. Loving others and being vulnerable is changing my soul, and it feels SO SO good.

    • mara May 19, 2012 at 3:25 am - Reply

      Nora – this made me smile big. So glad to hear it!!

  6. melanie mauer May 17, 2012 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    Mara, you are so KIND! We are missing you in the Bluegrass today! xoxo, -melanie-

  7. Elizabeth May 17, 2012 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    I can't wait to see the pics Melanie took. She really is the most genuine and sincere person you would ever want to meet.

  8. Laurie May 17, 2012 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    can't wait for the rest of the story, even though i know what happens!!! this is the best 🙂

  9. Brooke May 17, 2012 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    Ok. Seriously. SERIOUSLY. I just started reading your blog this week and I am in love. As a newlywed of just a month, you are already filling me with inspiration and things I can do better. And talk about a beautiful couple! I'm so happy and thankful you two are able to turn such difficult things into positive lessons for all of us. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    • mara May 19, 2012 at 3:26 am - Reply

      Brooke – – haha – – thank you. That was so sweet to read, as are all the comments.

  10. Brooke May 18, 2012 at 12:53 am - Reply

    Also CRAZY… you both know the adorable Chelsea Sue! She was in my ward out at BYU last year. Small world. And what a darling girl 🙂

    • mara May 19, 2012 at 3:27 am - Reply

      WE ARE HUGE, HUGE CHELSEA SUE FANS!!! She's one of my favorite women ever 🙂

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