What I'm Thankful For: Finding "The One"

As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week I am most thankful for the health of my family and friends, the strength to endure some hard periods in my life and finally, finding the "one". I will try to make this as short as I can as I know that people get bored of long posts (I know I do!)

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I've been divorced for 8 years, during that time I have been in long term relationships, dated and was even engaged before. Most of those relationships were pretty bad now that I look back on them. It came a point in my life where I just gave up on the idea of ever marrying again, finding the one or having a family one day. I was at peace with that idea and my independence, in fact I was nervous that I would never be able to share my space with anyone again.

Just I was coming to terms with that idea, I became friends with this coworker of mine, he is a very extrovert southern guy, the kind that you just can't walk by without talking to. As I just mentioned, he was the typical southern guy from the deep south, I was born in the US but raised in Puerto Rico (we both have accents!). Due to our different backgrounds I was SURE, let me say again SURE that nothing would ever go beyond a friendship for us, not to mention that he had a reputation for liking the ladies a bit too much.

Mr. E. never gave up and in the course of almost 8 months he asked me out an average of every two days, I couldn't believe how "busy" his social life was, he always had tickets or an event to invite me to. In the meantime I kept dating the same losers and getting even more disappointed. To the point that one day I prayed and told God to forget about sending me the one because "I want someone who is excited about me as I am about them".

After 8 months I got tired of turning him down and wanted him to stop asking because we would never be. I sent him a text message and asked what he wanted from me, he said he couldn't tell me over a text message, the phone or at work (I was intrigued by that), so he asked me to dinner. I said yes hoping that all I would get out of the deal was peace and a free meal.

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We had dinner then went to a movie and he brought me home. By that time he'd told me he wanted to know what we had, and assured me that we didn't even have to see each other every day. Again in my mind I knew that it was a huge no-go, no way was I going to date this "country boy", well, he took me home and boldly kissed me goodnight....That's all I needed, I knew I'd kissed my prince!

I would be lying if I told you that I knew he was the one from that kiss, it was different though, I had to sit down and stare at my wall for 45 minutes until he called to let me know he was home. We've been together ever since (everyday I might add). Two weeks after that kiss I had been traveling for work and returned on Valentine's Day. His family was in town visiting him and he insisted that I went straight to his house from the airport and meet his parents.

He had two dozen roses waiting for me but we (his parents and I) wouldn't allow him to pull me aside, finally he did, gave me a beautiful pair of diamond earrings and I read the note from the flowers, it said:

"Baby, every time I see you it's like seeing you for the first time, I'm so excited about us". -S.

Right then and there I knew he was "the one", I knew that God had finally answered my prayers. I have been in the most mature, loving, respectful and supportive relationship of my life ever since that day. I don't regret all the frogs I kissed, for them I would've never known that I found my Prince and I am thankful for that too.


Elegant Affairs said...

This was a great story to read first thing this morning! It almost gives me hope that there are still "Princes" out there. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Geezees Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

Thank you so much for posting this...have a Happy Thanksgiving!

People St.Clair said...

What a wonderful story thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

A Bride...Again said...

What a beautiful story! Thanks for sharing!

It's always good to hear about en Encore coming out on the other side, stronger, smarter and possibly luckier!

Cupcake Wedding said...

Congrats! I hope your marriage is everything you want and more.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations - fantastic story!

Chocolate Lover said...

Thanks for sharing this with us! Its a beautiful story and I hope the two of you are just as happy in the many years to come!

Ati of Gekd Boutique said...

Oh, what a beautiful story! It reminds me much of my own & so I feel that I have been able to relate to you even more. Thank God for this long post- because now I'm officially addicted to The Encore Bride. There are some stories that CAN'T be short stories.

Encore Bride said...

Thank you ladies, I tried to keep it short but as you can see I wasn't too successful. God has truly answered my prayers!

isha | isha foss events said...

What a sweet love story! I wish you all the best in your life together.

Phyllis Cheung said...

What a sweet story! So happy that you found your Prince!

Triplets Plus Two Momma said...

I just love a found me a prince story.

I met my husband when we were both 8 months old! Our parents became best friends and that was that!

I am just now beginning to chronicle the story!

Congratulations on finding your prince.

Happy SITS day.

Coniqua said...

Happy Saturday Sharefest! I love the title of your blog. Congratulations on finding true love at last. To put my 2 cents in on another post topic, I think that the other issues that encore brides face (like blended families) would be a good read, and it gives you more to blog about after the actual marriage occurs.

Amanda said...

Thanks for sharing! That definitely gives me some hope. I have had my share of frogs and am waiting for my prince. I pray that the Lord bring me "the one" but I am also making sure that I am okay with being single the rest of my life. You have to be prepared you know. :) I love your story and I have to say that being raised in the South, those southern boys can definitely sweep you off your feet. Congrats!

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!


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