Marriage Monday- Meet Michelle and Nathan

Welcome to Marriage Monday- I love Michelle's story, it is a real story and it makes me get teary eyed. You can visit Michelle right here 

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Once upon a time there was a single, teenage mother. She searched high and low for true love, and often looked in the wrong places. There were a few times when she thought she found the love she was looking for, but to her disappointment, she was let down time and time again. As this teenage mom grew into a twenty-something mom, she continued her search for the best husband, and father for her son, that she could find. The journey was long and tiresome, and she had given up hope many times.

One cool fall day, it happened. She met a man who re-defined what love meant to her. She met a man who made her understand what love really was. This man taught her how to be in a healthy and loving relationship, and he makes her smile every day. This is the beginning of their love story.

I was 24 years old when I met my soon to be husband. A friend at work suggested I try an online dating site. I was skeptical. I had been down this road before and met some real weirdoes. I had some serious doubts about the quality of the online dating scene in St. Louis around 2010. But, being the true romantic that I am, I gave it a go. I met a few guys that I had short conversations with. I even met one in person at a local Starbucks, but he was kind of odd and we never talked again. I had regrets about joining this dating site.

I always wanted to date a guy that was older than me. I had never considered dating someone younger. I was under the false premise that older men were more mature. I needed a mature man. After a few weeks on this site, I felt that I was out of luck and no one looked appealing. I decided to make a bold move and expand my search to include men that were *gasp* two years younger than me. That’s when I spotted the profile of a cute, young guy named Nathan. I noticed on his profile that we had both read the same funny book “Shit My Dad Says”. I sent him a message about how much I liked the book and waited for his response. To my surprise, he wrote back and we hit it off from there. After a few email exchanges, I gave him my phone number and waited for him to call.

He never called. I waited and waited and I never heard from him. I knew it, online dating was a waste of time. I decided to send him one last message to see if I could find out why he never called. I quickly found out he never called because I had typed the wrong phone number into the message. Oooops! I looked over the message I sent him and he was right, I transposed a few numbers. Mystery solved. He called. We texted. We scheduled our first date.

Our first date was in mid-November. I decided that it would be best for us to spend the evening at a gathering at my good friend’s home. I figured having back up would be nice in case he turned out to be a serial killer. I put on a black dress, patterned stockings and tall boots. I did my hair perfectly and had a bottle of wine in the refrigerator. I cleaned my house, arranged a sitter and waited for him to arrive. From the minute I saw him, he took my breath away. He was tall and handsome, with dark hair and blue eyes. He was well dressed and had the best smile. After talking for a while, I was smitten. I had never met anyone so kind and well mannered. We left my house and went to the party.

He opened doors for me. No one had opened a car door for me. Ever. He was polite and talkative with my friends. He even helped clean up after the party. He told me I was beautiful. We kissed for the first time that night. We were outside, attempting to light a fire pit to roast marshmallows. We were talking and laughing, and he went in for the kiss. It was perfect. We never did get the fire pit going. That night he told me how much he liked me and asked me to be exclusively his girlfriend. I was over the moon and told him “yes”.

We went back to my house that night. He was such a gentleman; he never tried anything besides kissing me. We stayed up laughing and talking and kissing. I finally fell asleep cuddled in his arms. And that was it; I had fallen head over heels for this man. We were never apart after that. We have an ongoing joke with friends that we met and he never left. And that’s pretty accurate. I never sat at home and wondered when he would call. I never wondered how he really felt about me or if he liked me as much as I liked him. I knew. I knew because he showed me he cared about me every day. He never left me wondering or waiting.

My son absolutely adored Nathan from the moment they met. My son was 10 and quite mischievous. Nathan let him play and joke with him and they had fun together. My heart still melts when I hear them laughing from the other room. For a single mom, it was such an incredible moment for me to know that I had found such a wonderful man to be a father and role model for my son.

Our timeline continues on like this: in 2011, Nathan proposed to me (I said “yes”) and we were married in 2012. We found out that we were pregnant with our daughter in 2013 and she should arrive in August of 2014. I have to say, this has been an eventful and amazing four years! I could write pages upon pages about my husband and how much I adore him. But I will wrap this up with a few final thoughts.

This post is about the beginning of me and my husband’s love story. It is about the very beginning of what has turned out to be an incredible marriage and an incredible life. I am so thankful that I get to spend the rest of my life with him. He has made me feel loved in a way that no one ever has before. He tells me every day how much he loves me and I know he has unconditional love for our son and our daughter. I read once that the greatest gift a father can give to his children is to love their mother. I was looking at my husband the other night and that quote came to my mind. I feel so secure in our love. I am grateful that he will show our children how to love by loving me.

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  1. In today's world it is hard to have a happy ending like yours.. Congrats on finding your happy ending!

  2. Love stories always get me! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. What a beautiful love story, it truly warmed my heart! If only more men could be like that!

  4. Awwww! "And they lived happily ever after"

    Best wishes for a safe delivery and healthy baby.

  5. What a beautiful piece of writing.
    So happy for you!
    Lovely story and may your luck and happiness continue!

  6. Congrats on such a happy story and a new baby too.

  7. Sweet story. I met my husband online too. He looked more handsome in person than on his photo. It's all been history. 4 years for us too.

  8. Beautiful story! Congrats on the lil one too :)

  9. Thank you all for your sweet comments!! And Thank you for posting this! I was so wrapped up and my busy life, I did not even realize that you had published this post, LOL


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