I guess the time has come for me to place my little "mark" here with LDSMingle on the success stories page. Our photo is posted above. I met "Animatr" on 16 July and a month later, we spoke on the phone for the first time. There was an instantaneous "click" there and we were on the phone for two hours. We did not speak for a week, yet we continued with e-mail and we REALLY missed hearing each other's voice. We spoke again the next weekend. Again, it was another week before we talked on the phone. It was the Labour Day long weekend where we got to "know" each other. We were on the phone ALL day for three days! And then everyday after that for hours at a time. Thank GOD for the great phone plan we had!!! LOL By the end of September, the need to meet face to face was killing us. I lived in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and he lived in Mesa, Arizona. The other side of the continent! We saved our money and I even borrowed some and on 9th October I boarded a bus for a two and a half day journey down to Arizona. The trip was to be only for two months and then we would see where we stood. But the moment we saw each other face to face, we felt like we were "home". In the first few awkward moments, I still felt like I had come "home". Later that day, we both opened up and took off where we had left off on the phone. Nothing had changed except that now we could hold each others hand and gaze into each others eyes and for real and NOT through a photograph. One month of me arriving here (to the day) Chad proposed to me. He had no ring at the time, but I of course accepted. We decided that I would not return to Ottawa and instead stay here.
We set the wedding day for 22nd December, the Yule festival of the old times. It is the significance (in times of old) of the re-birth of the sun as from that day on the days grow longer. We chose that day in significance to a "birth" of our new life! Two weeks before the wedding, Chad took me to a seculded spot on a hillside overlooking Phoenix and at sunset, he got on one knee and "re-proposed" to me with an antique engagement ring and matching wedding ring which had been passed down a few generations, from his grandmother. It is SO beautiful, the moment was SO beautiful. Then on 22nd December, we went to a mountain side overlooking Phoenix and were married outside in a traditional Celtic style. It was all SO beautiful and wonderful. The weather, which had been not so good during the morning, cleared up during the ceremony to the point where everyone had to put on sunglasses! It was like Heavenly Father was smiling down on us. After the ceremony, we went to the Mesa, Arizona temple to have our photo's done. As we were leaving the grounds, after having all that we needed to do outside done, the heavens opened up and the rain came down, which in Chinese sayings, is supposed to be good luck because it means blessings are being showered down upon you! It has all been so perfect and today Chad and I are married three weeks!!! How wonderful life is and this is ALL "thank you" to LDS Mingle.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
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