, Married 1/2010

"Love at First Meeting"
Neither of us had serious expectations with online dating, but we were both proved pleasantly wrong. If Giovanni hadn't contacted me first, we never would've met. I had seen his picture and was intrigued by how much we had in common, but I didn't contact him because I didn't like seeing a girl in one of his photos. We wrote long letters to each other for a week before exchanging numbers and chatting on the phone. Joking with a complete stranger had never come easy before. When we finally set up a date a week later, we were on our phones trying to find each other amongst the crowded mall. Then, I saw his smile for the first time, and I felt like I'd finally found the friend I'd been looking for all of my life. I don't know if it was love at first sight, but there was an undeniable connection. Our date lasted over 8 hours - walking, eating sushi, joking, having ice cream. We didn't want to part. I almost broke my no-kiss-on-the-first-date rule when we said good-bye before midnight. A year later, on the anniversary of our first date, he proposed over sushi. We were married 4 months later and 3 years after that, I gave birth to our beautiful daughter. What started out as a means of getting out of the house and finding new friends turned into the best decision of my life. I didn't just find a new friend; I found my best friend and the love of my life.