Wednesday, February 11, 2009

"There was no Search, but there was a find..."

The title of this post come from the endearing words my husband wrote on a wall at a restaurant as the statement of how we came together. My husband and I both came from painful previous marriages and divorces with our fabulous children in tow. We know that God brought us together in his amazing timing, grace and ability! Here is the unfolding of our journey to each other and beyond.
My second day working at a new job I called a company for a quote, the man on the phone (little to my knowledge) was my future husband! We became friends quickly, easily and supported each other for over two years through phone calls and emails as we dealt with sleep issues, potty training and various other new experiences like having our children sleep with us so we didn't feel so alone! States apart but growing together through life and experience and friendship was an amazing and new feeling I had never felt before!

It was in April of 2002 that I asked him to call me at home to talk...not knowing how this amazingly fun, outgoing personality becomes super shy when it comes to women! He didn't call! The next day I asked him why he didn't call, he said he couldn't, so I offered to call--a little bolder than I remember feeling! Instead he DID call the 2nd night and after 2 minutes of awkwardness it all ironed out and we melted together into 8 hours of conversation! YES, 8 hours! After that we talked every day through email and many hours on the phone at night! We couldn't get enough of each other!

Two months later my son and I were flying out to meet him and spend a "friend weekend" site-seeing and having fun-we absolutely had no other intentions but to have fun! We were completely comfortable with each other immediately and I still could not believe this man was available, he is so sexy, caring, comfortable, fun, charming, smart and so many other things I can't even begin to list all the words that describe him! We knew that we had something incredible and he told me not even a week later that he was praying that if I was the person he was to be with that things would be guided completely by God. I was completely adoring him for his diligence and seeking guidance through prayer!

On the 4th of July he was flying out to meet my family and I knew that we were going to be getting married even though we did not discuss it at all yet. As he was flying out that day (immediately after 9-11) he called me from the Chicago airport--his last stop before reaching me! He mentioned a friend told him he might have issues with terrorists traveling on the 4th of July, minutes later he called to tell me his flight was cancelled and he would have to call me back. I was in a panic! What happened? Was he safe? Should I drive the 45 minutes to the airport so I was there to meet him just in case? I was so anxious to hear back from him but he wouldn't answer his phone. I later found out that he was pulled aside and surrounded by 12-15 policemen because he said the word "terrorist" in the airport so close to 9-11 aftermath. They finally looked at who they were dealing with...a man in shorts, Hawaiian shirt, sandals, with a canvas bag containing: a diamond engagement ring, a picture of me and his cell phone. He explained that he was going to propose and they finally after 2 hours agreed to let him go. One of the officers was nice enough to try to help him get him mindset back on what he was doing--proposing in 45 minutes to me at the airport.

As he stepped off the plane he grabbed me and kissed me and immediately asked me to marry him. I thought he was joking so I just smiled and said "sure". Then he stopped me and said, "I have to ask you something". He walked me over to some nearby seats and got down on one knee, pulled out the ring and honestly the next 10 minutes were a blur, he said the most heartfelt things to me that I sobbed and couldn't even see what the ring looked like through my tears. When he finally asked of course I said YES and we melted together in a bent together hug of sobs, tears, joy and love. Minutes later we broke apart and kept smiling and pulling ourselves together to notice a crowd around us containing not just passengers, but airline attendants, pilots and airport staff applauding and congratulating us. What a show they must have witnessed! We were engaged exactly two weeks after we had finally met face to face. We were married three months later. We have now been married for six years and I am still blissfully in love with this amazing man that God blessed me with to live with forever!

There are SO many qualities to my wonderful husband. He is so supportive of me as we decided to homeschool and many other decisions that we have come to together. I have been so blessed to have him in my life. I have told him many times that he is the first (and last) man in my life to make me feel secure, safe, loved completely, honored, cherished, faithfully committed and appreciated! I can list so many things he does for this family aside of simply providing for us. I simply pray that all of us can show him daily how much we appreciate, honor, love and adore him for his selfless acts. From playing with the kids to helping with laundry to maintaining all of our vehicle details and still wanting me to snuggle with him every night!
Baby, this is devoted to you! I love you and always will!


Lorie said...

How romantic. You sound like a great match!

We are THAT Family said...

He wrote that on a bathroom wall???


Now, that's romantic! thanks so much for sharing your sweet love story!

Heather said...

That is a wonderful story! I'm glad you got your happily ever after.

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Sarah...this is soooo sweet! I love your description of the airport and the wonderful for everyone to witness his proposing...soooo perfect to read just before Valentine's! Susan

Sweet Caroline said...

WOW! It seems like God gives us the opposition to appreciate the joy. What a neat, beautiful story.

C Maisy said...

that is an amazing love story. God always brings something good out of pain :)

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I so adore a happy ending!
Yes, I am related to LIW. My great great grandfather Lansford "James" (in the books) and Charles were brothers.
Back in June Sandy from Quill Cottage devoted an entire month to Laura. It may help your studies. You can find her link under my kindred spirits section on the left of my blog.