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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Happy Valentines Day - Our love story!

Hello, this is Benjamin! Because it's February and some of the books I teach out of have Valentine's related material, I got to thinking about unusual love stories and realized that most people go through a lot of crazy things in their lives, especially relating to love and romance.

We're no exception. Whenever someone asks us how we met, we always look at each other and say "We met in Montana, but it's a very long story." There's not any kind of simple answer.

We did meet in Montana. It was summer and I had just graduated from university and Katie came to work at a hotel in my university's town, as part of a work-travel program -- her degree was in hospitality and tourism. That seems normal enough, but it wasn't the first time she had been there. She had also come the previous summer and we'd never met, so it was a lucky second chance. We met through a mutual friend and we were friends immediately, but we never dated.
I liked her a lot but never admitted it.

She went back to Russia and I decided to go to Korea to teach. Two of my friends from college also went to Korea. Because she loved traveling and had an opportunity, Katie came to visit us in April 2010. She and I had written a few emails back and forth and I was really excited to see her when she came, but I didn't expect to feel the way I did the moment I saw her. I remember hearing and disbelieving stories about a "lightning bolt" feeling that people got when they realized that they were meant to be with somebody, but that's absolutely how I felt. She was only in Korea for a couple of weeks, but somehow I suddenly knew that she was the most important person I had ever met.

We wrote back and forth after she went home and decided I would come and visit her in Russia the next summer in July. We spent a week together and then had to wait until Christmas to see each other again. We spent Christmas and New Years in Barcelona and planned for me to come to Russia again after I finished my teaching contract in the spring. It was really hard to be apart, we wrote each other every day and talked through Skype a lot. Thinking back, I still can't believe we survived such a long period of distance, but I'm so happy we did. We were apart from May-July, August-December and then finally January-April. On April 1st, 2011, I left Korea for the last time and came to my Bunnybun in Moscow. We celebrated her birthday on the 3rd and then took a trip to Europe for a month with my parents. Near the very end of the trip, when we were in Stockholm, I proposed and she said "Yes... eventually." :-)

And I guess the rest is history. We started this blog after we got back from Europe!


Katia said...

You two are so adorable already - now reading this story just makes me think you two are even more special as a couple! Such a great story :)
Thank you guys for sharing :)


Anonymous said...

wow, that's such a crazy story. Glad you found each other :)

Angela [Simply Simple Me] said...

I'm LOVING this story <3

Megan said...

aw so very very sweet!

Unknown said...

Im in love with your story.. is that strange? Where in Montana did you meet? Right now my husband and I live in Bozeman MT while he is attending university.

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Esther Ann said...

I know it's no longer February but I am feeling the love....ahhhh your story is so so lovely!! You know when something fills you with joy and it finds its way into a smile and giggle.that just happened.
My husband and I met in a context where we weren't allowed to date, I knew he was the one and a month after meeting went home and told my parents I had found the man I was going to marry (I was 18 at the time). The year of 'just being friends' ended in July and he proposed in august. We got married a year later and are now coming up to our 4 month anniversary. And I loooove being married!


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