I am getting married again on Tuesday, November 3rd. I met my Fiance' on LDSMingle.com We chatted, spoke on the phone several times and a week later went on our first date. We dated for six months. The key I found is that both of us know ourselves very well...what we need and want for each other and ourselves. We asked all the hard questions early in our dating and everything flowed well. This is what I wrote to several friends that I have not heard from in years:
This last year has been quite an adventure. Everything has been physically demanding and very busy. I am very excited about getting married again. I never thought when I was first married almost 17 years ago that Emilee would leave us after a six year battle with Breast Cancer on March 4th. Our family had six years to say goodbye. Before Emilee left us, she told our three boys 8, 12, 15 at the time that it was ok for me to date again when I was ready and re-marry. Emilee even said to me that she would trust whom I would marry and that she would become like a sister to her. Our marriage was good and strong. My three boys and I had already done 95% of our grieving during those six years. Go to the Sunday front page article about Emilee and you will understand more. Also, go to her blog site and look up Sunday, December 14th. Read the second comment, that is mine about that wonderful experience.
In January, my Mom thought she had a heart attack and went to the hospital. After many tests, there was no heart attack and the doctors thought that she had cancer in her spleen. After six weeks of rigorous tests, she was given the all clear, two days after Emilee passed away. Then, in May my Dad had to have emergency heart bypass surgery. I am so glad he survived and is now doing better than ever.
I have been a Personal Banker and Bank Branch Manager for five years and Residential and Commercial Mortgage Originator for ten. The last three years have been more challenging.
I thought that I would be dating for a year or more. I did date many good young women and I did turn many down before meeting Laurel. I even had one relationship start off well before I met Laurel, but then she got cold feet. Laurel and I first met online and a few days later went on our first date to Thanksgiving Point Gardens in Lehi, Utah on May 1st. We hit it off right away. We are just right for each other. We then went out or saw each other several times a week and more often as time went by. I have two other good friends who went through the same type of experience and then re-married shortly after. I have spoken with them about what is best to do when dating, courting, engagement, and marriage. Their advise has been timely and perfect for both of us. This is Laurel's first marriage. The boys just love her and she them. Laurel is a first grade teacher and also has two other degrees: One in Interior Design and another in Environmental Behavior (the study of how the body is affected by the environment.) I couldn't imagine being happier. David
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