Multiples and More Question of the Week – My Valentine

It’s been a while since I answered the Question of the Week over at Multiples and More, but today’s question was just too fun to pass up… Actually, I think it was the opportunity to dig up an old photo that was too fun to pass up!

How Did You Meet Your Valentine?

Just yesterday, it dawned on me that Nick and I have been together for 11 years this month. In fact, we “officially” became boyfriend and girlfriend on February 15, 2000. We hung out all day on the 14th and Nick couldn’t get up the courage to ask me until about 2am on the 15th! Silly boy 🙂 Let me back up though…

Nick and I both attended Messiah College, in Pennsylvania (just south of Harrisburg). During my freshman year (’99/’00) Nick was in his sophomore year. My very first college class was an 8am class (I foolishly thought it would be smart to get all my classes out of the way in the morning) on Public Communication. Turns out Nick was in that very same class with me!

Mid-way through that first semester, I stopped in to say hi to some friends on my floor (sophomore girls who were, and still are, awesome!) and recognized the guy who was visiting them. We both quickly realized we were in the same class and Nick said “I’m going to sit by you now so I can bug you”.

This particular professor let us take our mid-terms and finals with a partner, and seeing as Nick and I kind of knew each other (but no one else in the class) we decided to team up. We, of course, rocked our tests! We had fun hanging out together once in a while that semester, but never saw each other as more than friends. It never once crossed my mind that we could end up romantically linked one day.

During Christmas break we chatted on instant messenger if we happened to be on at the same time, and still we were simply friends. Shortly after getting back to school though, something changed. I’m not sure when or how, but suddenly I was attracted to Nick and I was pretty sure he felt the same way about me. For the next month we danced around the issue, hinting and flirting until we finally began dating.

That’s us, 11 years ago! My how time flies… feels like just yesterday I was 18 and he was 19. Wait a minute. No it doesn’t. Kids have aged us! 18 seems forever ago! (The bears were his idea, by the way.)

As we dated (and even since getting married), we found fun little facts that linked us. One of Nick’s grandmothers used to live in the very same small Maine town I grew up in. Nick would visit her in the summer when he was a kid. We could have been at the beach at the same time! Or I could have ridden past him on my bike! Or how about this one – Nick’s mom was in a wedding that my parents attended. This was obviously before Nick and I were born, but still! I know there were other fun facts, but I’m totally blanking on them right now.

We had been dating for a year and a half when Nick suddenly broke up with me. Know that opening scene in Legally Blonde where Elle (and all her friends) think she’s getting engaged that night and instead she gets dumped at a nice restaurant? That was me, except I was dumped in the parking lot of a Burger King. I was devastated. Friends were shocked. It was rough.

Bottom line, Nick wasn’t ready to get married and he knew I was. He went off to Michigan to start his first job out of college and I moved back home with my parents to figure out what to do next.

A couple of months later we started talking on the phone once in a while. That turned into several times a week. That turned into me flying out to Detroit to visit. We had a long talk that weekend and began dating again. Less than two months later, Nick proposed. On the phone! About 6 weeks later he flew home to Vermont and I drove over from Maine to see him, where he surprised me with my ring.

About 4 months after we got engaged we were married, and the rest is history!

I love my Valentine 🙂

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  • What a sweet story! Congratulations on 11 years!ReplyCancel

  • How adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    Awww…what a sweet story, except the break up part, of course. 😉ReplyCancel

  • What an awesome story! (Except for the freak out part…that must have been rough!) Thanks for sharing. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • cheryl

    How did you end up where you two are? Loved the story, thanks for sharing and you got four beautiful kids out of it!! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Oooh! I’ll do a part two to the story later this week Cheryl! Good idea!ReplyCancel

  • What a great story! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay

    such a fantastic story! it gives me hope for my own relationship which ended a few days ago for him and i both to finish school and pursue what we need to. it’s a “long-distance” relationship, even though the distance is only about an hour and a half.
    we are both very heartbroken over the decision to take this time apart, but hope that when we can be back in the same area, we will work on our relationship again and make it work.
    we are both very much in love and it feels good to see that something good can come out of a breakup. because if it’s right, it’s right and God will have his way in bringing us back together if He pleases.
    thank you for the uplifting and encouraging story!ReplyCancel

    • Oh, Lindsay. I know your pain! Those first weeks after our break up were terribly hard. One of the big things that helped me through it were the stories of others who had broken up and then ended up together and married later on down the road. I’m glad our story could be an encouragement to you!ReplyCancel

  • Sweet story. You can link up with my blog hop if you would like.

  • Funny – I never heard that story… VERY COOL! And the crazy thing, is I was the “Nick” in our relationship. I took a job that moved me to another city – figuring we’d break up because I didn’t want another long distance relationship, and he wasn’t ready to settle down. He popped the question about 4 months later!

    Oh and we have those random coincidences too. Funny how even years later more seem to “pop” out? 🙂ReplyCancel