"Desert-Fox" and "Travelingal" met online in December 2003. My car was totalled in Dec, and I remember asking for his advice about a different car. He responded. We chatted a little and sent mingle mail to each other. I insisted we meet soon so I could look him in the eyes (I didn't want to go through a meeting I had previously experienced that did not turn out so pleasant). That way, I would know if he looked like his profile. His written profile was great, the kind of man I had hopes of meeting. We agreed on a meeting date but it fell through.
Finally on February 21, 2004, our meeting took place at my son's home in Mesa, Arizona. Bob had to drive two hours to get there. When he arrived, I was babysitting my son's five children and had food in my hair and on my shirt from dealing with the baby. He joined right in and played games with the three girls. Soon, the 4th child, was bringing him books to read. We each liked how the other looked and acted. When my son and daughter-in-law returned home from their volunteer work, we went through a Mesa Temple session. Then out to dinner.
My son and daughter-in-law liked him well enough to invite him to stay the night on their downstairs sofa. He did. We looked at cars Sunday morning (our second date) and then went to church with my son and his family. After dinner, we went for a walk. He put his arm around me and it felt so right. I put my arm around him and we both knew. He kept delaying his departure. Finally he had to go. We shared a goodbye kiss. He told me he wanted to take me home with him. I wished that I could. I asked him to call me when he got home so I wouldn't worry.
It was Friday, March 5, 2004 that Bob came to Texas and brought an engagement ring for me. I accepted. We all went to my home to the lake on Saturday. On Sunday we went to the Athens, TX ward and he was greeted by my Bishop and my friends. Bob had to return back to Arizona Sunday night.
On March 16, my 17 year old grandson,Kason, and I went out to visit Bob in Arizona. On Friday all three of us left to fly back to Texas.
Because of my divorce from my first husband, he and I could be married for only "time" in the temple. So, that day we decided we would run away to Las Vegas and be married. We married on Monday March 22, 2004.
The temple session as the first date was a major part of the attraction, as was going to church with my family. These two things were so reassuring to each of us that the other was who they were represented to be.
To sum it up, it was hope that the profiles were on target; "like" on first sight; love on the third date; engagement two weeks later; marriage a month after we met.
I also learned that his son met his wife through your dating service LDS Mingles also. Thanks for having a clean mingles site.
Mary Neff Pankratz
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