Love Story: Our VERY LAST emails before seeing each other.

(Photo by Melanie Mauer)

Today is the day – – here are our very last emails from the last few hours.  After these emails end, I race off to Manhattan.  A few hot texts go back and forth in between lots of laughing and heart pounding as we get closer and closer to each other.  And then….we lay eyes on each other for the very first time.  We hear each other’s voices for the very first time.  (I am dying just thinking about it.)

For now, let’s finish off these emails……….Danny is on that bus headed to NYC!  🙂


Mara –

Holy moly!  I’ve been racing to get to the bus station in time.  But I’m here, and I am so darn excited I can’t hardly stand it.

Your suggestion of sushi sounds terrific (I didn’t have time to grab any snacks so I’ll probably be hungry).

So I had to call today to activate a new credit card today and the customer service rep said, “I hope you have a nice day” to which I responded, “Oh, I will!  You have no idea, this could be one of the greatest days of my life!”  She just laughed.

I don’t know how I’m going to keep my heart from pounding.  I don’t know that I’ll try for that matter, but just embrace it and let the love course through me!

Well the bus is leaving the station, and so begins the first of what I hope becomes many journeys to see the woman that exceeded my dreams!

Sending so much love to you!


Danny!!!!!  So glad you’re on that bus!!!!  How can I not just be so happy??????   Thanks for your note.  I am at the store buying food for us for the weekend as I have nothing here.  Oh my, I need to eat!  I can’t wait to eat at Nobu with you.

Oh what a weekend we have ahead.

Can’t wait to see all of you!!!!

Lots of love,



Mara – It is very exciting isn’t it!!!  So at first I was a little worried, the traffic out of the city seemed terrible, but we have a wise bus driver who took some unusual routes and now we’ve avoided the worst of the traffic and I’m cruising on my way to see you and embrace you.

I feel amazing! A little nervous yes, but mostly I just feel good. I’ll keep you updated on my status to help manage your expectations (I don’t want you getting too excited too early 🙂

With love,

Dearest Mara,

So I’ve been reading emails to/from you for the last hour. I can’t stop smiling, nor can I actually believe everything that has happened to bring us to this point.  This is SO COOL!!!!  And my heart is full of love for you!  I am reminded (as if I could actually forget) of all the reasons I am so maddeningly in love with you.  These emails are pure gold.  I’m so glad that for these first three weeks it has been this way.  I have been able to share things with you and learn things about you that may have taken months in person because we would have been preoccupied with other things… know…um going to movies and stuff  ;).

Not only has this been truly great, and I have loved every minute if it, but I have all the more reason to be grateful and hopeful that this unique aspect of our courtship will continue and help create something truly amazing.

Well, I just google mapped us.  We’re past New Haven.  I’m about 75 miles out.  So at least another hour and a half away from you.

Darling, are you nervous?  Or just plain excited?  I’m feeling a mixture of both.  Mostly though, I’m just happy…and grateful.  Grateful to have met you, and grateful to finally meet you!

I’ll let you know of any further developments in my travels.




Yes, you are my sweetheart and if I have my way you will be for always.

My heart is racing.  I have no appetite.  I should drink some water!

I just KNEW that you would be reading all the emails on the bus.  Cause that is exactly what I would be doing.  And that is exactly what I want to be doing right now, but I guess I want to make you cookies more.  Cause I am making you cookies.  Do you like chewy ginger snaps?  I have been running back and forth from the oven to the computer  🙂

Danny, what an experience we are having.  Do most people experience this?  I don’t think so !!!!  This is a human experience that I don’t think many have had.  BUT, in the spirit of wanting to experience EVERYTHING in this life, well, I am thankful that this is something we get to do.  Even though our hearts our hanging out there, waiting to see how all this will turn out, I wouldn’t pass this up for anything…because THE REWARD IS TOO GREAT.  🙂  The reward of having a love like this, having a husband like you………..well………I really can’t think of anything else I would desire more in this life.  I would give a limb for this.  Instead we’ll be dining at Nobu.  🙂

AHHHHHHHH……….I love you.

Yes, I am so freaking excited.  I feel like I’m embarking on what could be the most pivotal moment of my life.   And yet maybe it will not be.  And that uncertainty is driving me crazy because I want you sooooo badly.  I am seriously ready to just plan my life with you.  But I know that is ridiculous and I must be patient & just enjoy this moment for what it is…  Our first date.  Or actually, our first non-date. hahha. 😉   So yes, I am a little nervous….not tons…but I am only nervous about ME and if I’ll be even capable of being my best self!!!  And will I be the one that you are dreaming of.  Will you find me attractive in person.  Will I be charming at all… by some miracle?  Will I be natural?   Will I be enjoyable to be with and fun to talk to?  I just hope that we both can feel at ease… and feel and enjoy all the good that we already know about each other…. and just savor it all.  And breathe it in.  And just be.

I LOVE YOU.  I ADMIRE YOU MORE THAN I CAN SAY.  YOU ARE A DREAM TO ME !!!!!!!!   I really hope you know that.  I simply cannot wait to be with you.

I am sending you SO very much love.

Write or text in a bit and let me know where you are.  I should leave my apt. about 40 min. before you arrive.  So that is probably very soon, right????  Wow.  Oh my gosh, I must get ready.  I am covered in flour.

Love you so much,


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  1. Blythe May 22, 2012 at 6:07 am - Reply

    I am so glad I logged into Blogger just as this was posted! I have been in awe reading your story and have tears in my eyes just about every second I am on your blog. Thank you for sharing your story! I am a 21 year old single LDS woman that gains fresh hope and courage each time I read your words. So much love to you for sharing your love with me!

  2. Punky J May 22, 2012 at 6:51 am - Reply

    This story is just not even real. Amazing. I wish somehow someway there was someone capturing these moment of you two just preparing for this moment. The smile on Danny's face the whole bus ride over, and the skip in your step in the kitchen, Mara. And of course the moment when you two first lay eyes on one another and embrace finally. Ah, how marvelous it would have been to be witness to that! BUT, I will settle for these beautiful messages that you both have so willingly shared with us. They are, alone, something quite special and unique. You give me so much hope!

  3. Natalie May 22, 2012 at 7:12 am - Reply

    This should be made into a movie! Seriously. Think about it 🙂

  4. little_tomato May 22, 2012 at 10:25 am - Reply

    I can't help but smiling happily whenever I read your emails. All of them have been brightening up my days xD

    How wonderful it is when happiness becomes much greater as it is shared with everyone!
    I believe love is magic, isn't it?

    Thanks you guys a lot xD

  5. Sandi May 22, 2012 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    I love it! "I am covered in flour."

  6. Nora May 22, 2012 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    You are MIRACLES!!! I LOVE these!!

    • Nicole May 22, 2012 at 10:11 pm - Reply

      Hi Nora! I love you! (You're a miracle too)

  7. Lindsey May 22, 2012 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    I love how your absolute excitement just radiates from these emails!! <3

  8. Maria Petrova May 23, 2012 at 4:14 am - Reply

    Soooo sweet. You guys are just … ah!

  9. Karli May 23, 2012 at 5:10 am - Reply

    Just found your blog through a friend, and I LOVE it. You two are adorable, and I love reading all your advice and stories. My missionary is serving in Queens right now and just passed the year mark.

  10. Brittany LeSueur May 23, 2012 at 5:44 am - Reply

    This is so sweet! I just found your blog and I love it. I love how dedicated you two are to your marriage and each other. It is inspiring! Thanks so much for sharing!

  11. Ashley Doan May 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    This would make one great movie!

    Every time I read a post of yours, I automatically think of how great my husband and I's "courtship" really was and how blessed I am to have such an amazing person love me. Thank you for the continuous inspiration you give us all.

  12. Julia Kay May 23, 2012 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    Mara, thank you!!! right now i'm transitioning into a long distance relationship, one that relies on love more through words, emails, texts, etc. (you know the name of the game) and it's been tough. this post really meant a lot to me and so i reposted some of it onto my blog…here's the link:

    thank you. thank you for bringing inspiration and faith back into my life and clearly MANY others.

    we love you,

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