Love Story: Our Next Emails

Photo by Melanie Mauer, NYC, Bryant Park

Would you like to see what we wrote to each other next on that Sunday night as Danny hitched a ride back to Boston?  (Actually, he was riding with THE FAMILY that set us up!!!  haha.  They happened to be in NYC that weekend, too, visiting relatives.  I think they enjoyed being in on the action and we’re so happy they could be there to witness and participate in the giddiness 🙂

This exchange btwn Danny and I was simple, but it did make my heart full.  I mean, he called me “darling”.  He was still calling me darling!  And…his parents were excited!  This could only mean he was still excited, too!  Not that there was any reason to doubt.  Danny gave me no reason to doubt – not once, actually.  But, you know.  It all just really seemed to good to be true.  I started to let it all soak in.

(Oh, and btw, a reader asked if we kept writing our letters after we met or if we talked on the phone instead.  And…well….we kept writing the letters!  We very, very rarely spoke on the phone.  The letters were just so good we couldn’t stop.  Plus, we felt inspired to document that part of our lives…we knew we were experiencing something extraordinary – both as a couple and as individuals – and something in us said this needs to be written down.  I’m so happy we have it recorded.  I’m so happy our children will get to read this history of their parents.  Over the coming months we’ll share some of the “best of” letters with you, too. 🙂


From Danny:

Hello!  We’re on the road.  Having a great chat with Ashley.


From Mara:

Wonderful.  I hope you are nearing home!  [Note: Really, I would have given anything to know what he was telling Ashley. 🙂 ]

And, success!  I am tired and it’s only 12:15 am!  I am going to go with this and get my butt in bed right now.  I am sure you must be exhausted as well.  Hopefully you find your home safe and sound and can crawl right into bed.

Of course, I couldn’t help but read over some of “the document” tonight 🙂  [Danny had printed out all of our letters thus far and had brought me a copy.]   That thing is unreal!!! 🙂  What a collection of emails we have!  It was actually pretty fascinating to read them now that I know you even more and don’t have to just envision you, but know the real you!

Also, it was amazing to see that the guy behind all those emails was the same guy in person … spot on. All that is in your heart is most definitely evident live!  YOU ARE REAL!!!  🙂  No doubt about it.

Well, I couldn’t be more grateful that I met you!!!!!!!!  There is so much to say.  And so much to be thankful for.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for being one of the most positive influences I have ever encountered.  I absolutely loved being with you this weekend and, of course, can’t wait to see you again.

But for now….this girl is going to sleep!  I think I am exhausted from all the good emotions of the weekend.  But know that it’s a good feeling to have.

I will go to sleep with a smile on my face, as has been the routine for the last few weeks.

And tmw I’ll be going to buy some more Welch’s grape juice first thing cause that stuff really is pretty dang good. [Note: that is Danny’s favorite drink.]  I am staring at the empty bottle right now wishing I could down a glass of it.  🙂

Much love,


Photo by Melanie Mauer, NYC, Bryant Park

Mara dear,

So for once is it possible that you’re in bed and I’m doing the late night writing?  I’ll try to keep it short so it gets to you in time!

I did just get home and had a nice conversation with my parents.  They were OH SO EXCITED to get the run down on the weekend!  And I was excited to tell them.

Mara, I, too, am indeed thankful for this weekend.  What an amazing experience to actually know you, and find additional reasons to love and admire you.

Needless to say, Ashley is quite thrilled with the outcome of this little visit.  It was a lot of fun to talk to her on the way home (much better than the bus ride, that’s for sure).

Mara, I’ll wish you goodnight now, with the promise of more tomorrow.  Oh, I hope you sleep well!  As usual, I will be going to bed after a great prayer of thanksgiving.

Goodnight Darling,


From Mara:

Hahhaha……. I am smiling big.  So fun to get your email (as usual).

And, very happy to hear that you made it home safely.

So cute to hear about your parents.  Oh yes, my parents got the run down tonight, too.  And of course they put me on speaker with each other and my sister and bro-in-law who were there.  Anyway, they were oh so excited to hear all the details.  It really is quite a unique experience we’ve had and it’s an amazing story to tell.

Sleep well and hope you have a fantastic day tmw !!



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  1. Anonymous September 20, 2012 at 6:35 am - Reply

    Oh my, oh my…. I wish I could marry you both! You are so lovely!!!! Such a beautiful story!!! I can't get enough of it!

  2. Livyb September 20, 2012 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    SOOOO happy the love story is back this week. It has been such a good thing in my week. Thank you, again, for sharing your story!

  3. Natalie Soud September 20, 2012 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    I love reading these! I feel like I'm getting to virtually know you two better and better. Plus, it takes me right back to that beginning-of-love feeling…so fun!

  4. Jaxon Peterson September 22, 2012 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    I know in your emails prior to the weekend you were already saying, "I love you" to each other. My question is: after the weekend did you feel a sense of reservation in saying those kind of things?

  5. mara September 23, 2012 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    yes – we were slightly more shy about it! We still expressed it, but I think we were a little more reserved and had to slightly warm up to being together in person. BUT…you'll love what happens next 🙂

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