I've had several requests to share our love story. So since Valentine’s Day is coming up, I thought this would be a perfect time to start writing it all out! I’m going to do a post or so a day so it’s not too overwhelming to write or read. :)
As you may already know, my husband and I actually met on eHarmony. I suppose there are about three ways you could feel about that…so let’s discuss those before going any further. You could either think that’s legit and a great new way to connect, or maybe you’ve really never heard of or thought about it or you’re a skeptic of internet dating, etc. I’m not hear to tell you what is right or wrong, I just want to share our story with you, and you can make up your own minds about it, k? Because for us, eHarmony worked. For Tim and Sue, maybe it didn’t. And no, this isn’t a paid advertisement. It’s just our story. Oh and you can catch more specifically about our eHarmony story in this article I wrote about a year ago.
For the purposes of this story I’ll refer to hubby as my endearing term of “Rocket Scientist”, k? Because that’s pretty much what he is, and does and well, you get it. :)
2007 was a big year for me. I graduated with my Bachelors degree in Music from Colorado State University, welcomed two more beautiful nieces in my family and met my husband. Right after I graduated, I went to work for the Colorado Department of Transportation as an Engineering Intern. I had actually work for CDOT during the summer of 2006 as well, and I liked it so much (mostly my awesome boss!) that I went back to work there. I really enjoyed that job, because there were really no two days alike. Most of the days were long and hot, I mean really hot because most of the time I was in the 100 degree heat of the dry Colorado plains right next to an asphalt paver. (Imagine ~400 degree asphalt, yep that's hot!)
But those things didn't bother me. I could jump out of the bed in the morning ready for the day (which doesn't happen anymore...) and come home hungry for dinner. I didn't have a whole lot of social life the first part of that summer, probably due to the fact that I'd just graduated college, moved home and was gone from about 6am to 6pm. But it was still fun. My parents took me to the Brad Paisley concert at the Greeley Stampede that year, and Taylor Swift opened for him. I was enjoying time with family and overall life was good.
A few days after that concert at the stampede my Rocket Scientist and I were matched on eHarmony. We went through their guided communication process and finally decided to meet in person on July 25, 2007. Since Rocket Scientist and I were living about an hour apart at the time, we decided to meet halfway. I guess we must of talked about what type of vehicles we drove. Because when I pulled up to the Barnes and Noble we were going to meet at, I was running early (as usual). But I couldn’t help by notice a Jeep that looked just like his description sitting in the parking lot.
At first my heart just fluttered because I thought it was his and I suppose I got a little nervous to actually meet this guy. I walked inside as calmly as I could. (Which probably wasn’t that calm because I was super excited/nervous/happy/anxious/etc…) As I turned the corner a man caught my eye. I could only see his profile, but it really seemed familiar. I was still about 30 feet away from this man, and I just kept walking. Then he turned to face me and looked up. It was him. He let out a big smile that just made my heart melt.
We said our “hellos” and ventured into the coffee shop portion of the store. We ordered our drinks and sat down. This man I’d read so much about was there, across a little table from me. It was a little surreal. And even though it may seem like it’d be awkward, it wasn’t. It wasn’t awkward at all. You know, it was just right. The conversations just flowed and before we knew it an hour had passed. It was a nice evening so we decided to take a stroll around the outdoor mall.
Rocket Scientist thought he’d take his umbrella with us, just in case it started to rain. Which it did about 2 seconds later. So he brought out his umbrella. His ridiculously large. Ridiculously bright yellow and green umbrella. Yep. It was a CSU umbrella, complete with the school colors and emblem. Which is cute right? We both went to college there, in fact he was still a grad student there…..but seriously???? We had to share an umbrella on this perfect first date and it had to be one that would draw attention to us???
I went along with it, because A. He was dreamy. B. I didn‘t really even notice the umbrella until he was putting it away later. And C. Did I mention his eyes are blue, and gorgeous and I had gotten lost in them?
…. To be continued …