How We Met
North meets South. My good friend Carol’s sister moved to Houston, Texas and she soon followed. We were in our early 20’s and I had just broken off a 5 year relationship and engagement and was living at home with my Mother. She called me one winter day and told me how much she loved Houston and that I should come down for a visit. I was born and raised in a small town in Michigan and had never left the state, let alone traveled all the way down south to Texas. I said I would and booked a flight for what I thought would be a short visit.
When I arrived in sunny Houston I suggested that Carol and her boyfriend Tracy set me up on a blind date. I wanted to meet a “Texan” (tall, cowboy hat, and cowboy boots) you know, John Travolta in Urban Cowboy! She talked to Tracy and he said his good friend Dave would meet us somewhere but he had just experienced a “bad” blind date the weekend before so he was overly cautious. We all understood and proceeded to just meet at a local bar for drinks.
My first impression of David (my future husband) was, tall, handsome and kind with the most gorgeous smile I had ever seen. I could tell he was a “good” man, not a “bad boy” almost immediately. We were having a great time getting to know each other when Carol abruptly ended the get together because she and her boyfriend were fighting!
The four of us continued to hang out and I extended my trip home twice to stay longer. During my visit I learned that David had been engaged and in a long term relationship for 5 years just as I had. He also was the one to break it off around that same time that I ended my engagement up North. We both agreed that we would be steering clear of any long term relationships for a while (little did we know.)
Carol, Tracy and David tried to convince me to move to Texas as we were having so much fun together and I didn’t really have anything keeping me in Michigan at the time. I kept saying “I will think about it” but silently thought it would never happen. Then, something amazing and unexpected happened on my 2 ½ hour flight home…I decided to take a leap of faith and try Texas as my home. Not because I fell in love at first site with David and not because the threesome kept bugging me to move down during my visit, I just decided, and it was settled!
I got off the plan, met my Mother at the airport and promptly told her I was moving to Houston! Needless to say she was shocked and not too happy! Houston was a long way away and we are a close family. I promised her I would get a job with the airlines so I could fly back and forth to see her as much as I wanted (which never happened.)
I spent the next two months saving as much money as I could ($1,000 to be exact) and in May of 1986 drove myself, a few personal items and my car down to Houston, Texas! David and I started dating but continued to tell each other we just wanted to have fun and enjoy each other’s company…nothing serious up in here! Well, fast forward to October of 1986 a mere 5 months after moving to Houston, David proposed to me and we were married the following May of 1987. We have been married 29 years in May (together 30 years) and have two beautiful children, Hunter, 26 and Tori, 24 years old. We are even more in love now, than we were 30 years ago. We are empty nesters that sometimes feel like newlyweds.
how they asked
The day David proposed to me he sent a dozen roses to my work place. There was a card with them that read: “Be ready at 6 p.m. I am taking you out to dinner tonight!” We were in love but hadn’t been dating long and there was that “no long term relationships thing” so I had no clue what was about to happen. He picked me up and we drove to Kemah to have dinner at The Flying Dutchman (we still go there often and sometimes on our anniversary.) We had a beautiful dinner but I was still clueless! After dinner we drove down to Galveston and David parked on the Sea Wall and said, “Let’s take a walk.” When we got out of the car he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him right there on the ocean! I said, “YES!” as if it was the most natural thing in the world. We embraced and he ran to the car, threw a towel off a cooler he had stashed in the back seat of his car and pulled out a chilled bottle of champagne and two glasses! I guess he knew my answer, just as I did not hesitate when he asked. We were meant to be together, God brought me all the way from Michigan to Texas to meet the man of my dreams and to live a life full of love that most people only dream of! We came so close to marrying other people….it was part of his plan all along.