The story of us….
How did we meet?
Well, the same way anyone else does. We meet online, to be specific, in an AOL chatroom for Chicago suburbs. We were both just passing time until we headed out for the night. My profile showed that my favorite motto was, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger” Friedrich Nietzsche. Being the goof that he is Craig sent a private message to me that said, “which witch”. At first I hesitated to respond, but figured what could it hurt. We spent the next few days talking every night on the phone for hours and decided that we should meet in person. Our first date was at Bennigan’s, we had great conversation, but I was a bit worried that this suburban boy would not want to be with this city girl. Of course that worry was gone when he called me two days later to ask me if I’d like to come over and watch football. I did and we were inseparable from that moment on.
How did he propose?
For our six month anniversary he took me to a “fancy” restaurant for dinner and made plans to meet up with his brother afterwards at a bar. The food was excellent and I was having a great time. During dinner he slipped away to “call’ his brother to verify that we were still meeting up with him later that night. When he got back to the table I could see that he was playing with his pocket, but I thought nothing of it. A few minutes later he was on his knee with a ring in his hand, asking me to marry him, right there in the middle of everyone. When I said “yes” everyone started clapping and the manager sent over dessert and champagne. All of the waitresses came over to see my ring and congratulate us. I could hardly wait to tell my family, but that would have to wait until the following day. I was going to spend the rest of the night with my fiancé!
What was the wedding like?
We spent the next year and a half planning and paying for our wedding. On one of our typical drives that autumn we found and fell in love with a non-denominational church in a quiant little town a few miles away from where we were living. It was perfect, a small white church surrounded by trees covered in autumn leaves. We figured since we were getting married in September it would be just as beautiful then as it was that day. We both agreed that we would prefer a small personal wedding. It made for the perfect day for us, well except for the heat & the bee that decided to land on my dress as I walked down the aisle. While the charm of the old church was exactly what we were looking for it never crossed our minds that it would be one of the hottest days of the year & that there would be no air conditioning to keep our guests comfortable during the ceremony. It was so hot that the “frog” that was holding the flowers in my bouquet got dry and the roses started to fall out. Luckily my mom was the florist and she was able to quickly fix it before I headed down the aisle.
And what now?
This September we will celebrate our 17th anniversary & we are more in love than ever. We live in a quiet suburb a couple hours from downtown Chicago. We share our home with our furbabies, although at times we wonder just who lives with who. They are pugs, one fawn, Kacey and one black, Savannah. We are amused by their “character” all the time and can’t imagine not having them. We both work in technology for a local high school district and spend much of our free time playing video games. We share a passion for classic muscle cars and can be found driving down Woodward Ave in August for the annual Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit. We enjoy spending time with our family and friends. It has been an exciting journey so far and we can’t wait to see what it takes us next!