Monday, February 10, 2014

Motivational Monday and Moonless Blogfest


I DON'T REGRET A SINGLE BROKEN HEART
THAT TAUGHT ME WHAT LOVE WAS AND WHAT IT'S NOT
SOMEONE MUST HAVE PLANNED OUR TWO PATHS WOULD CROSS
I COULDN'T SEE IT THEN BUT I WAS NEVER LOST

'CAUSE ALL MY ROADS HAVE LED ME TO 
THIS NIGHT, THIS LOVE I SHARE WITH YOU
AND THOUGH THE ROAD WAS NEVER SMOOTH
LIFE HAS MADE ME SOMEONE WHO COULD BE THE RIGHT SOMEONE FOR YOU
(Collin Raye)

For Crystal Collier's Moonless Book Release Blogfest, we're answering the question: if you lived in a society with arranged marriages, whom would you want your parents to set you up with and why? (Literary characters and celebrities welcomed!)

Well, I'm going to cheat a bit here - my husband and I met our first day of college, when we were trying to get out of taking the math and science class requirement. (To this day, please don't ask us anything math or science-related!) We became good friends and stayed that way all through college. My mother lamented the fact he had a girlfriend. His mother always liked me. Life went on. He broke up with his girlfriend. I had a boyfriend. More life. Then, during our last semester of college, we were both free, and what we found was…each other. 

We'll be married for fifteen years this spring, but we'll have been friends for way longer than that. So, while our marriage wasn't arranged, I can't help but wonder if our mothers didn't have some sort of maternal sixth sense from the beginning….   

The quote above are lyrics from our wedding song - Collin Raye's All My Roads - and truer words were never sung. We really just never know where our lives, our roads, will take us. Let's have faith that we'll end up just where we're meant to be.  

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56 comments:

  1. I love your story. A real guy is better than any fictional character.

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  2. The timing was finally right. Bonus his mother liked you!

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    1. It really was a matter of timing, and of believing everything would work out the way it was supposed to in the end.

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  3. Aw! That's so incredibly sweet! I love it, Madeline. Thank you for sharing. =)

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    1. Thanks for hosting the blogfest. I hope it's a huge success! :)

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  4. What a sweet story! It's so wonderful when things work out that way. You two were meant to be!

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  5. That's a beautiful song and a beautiful answer for this hop. Congrats on your marriage and I hope you have many more happy years. :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Julie. And I have to give credit for our song to my husband. He thought it summed up our relationship perfectly.

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  6. Have faith and we'll end up where we're meant to be ... I like that. Can be applied to so many aspects of life!

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    1. Absolutely, Linda! I try to keep that in mind when I'm going through stuff - it will all work out, and I'll be where I'm meant to be.

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  7. That was very sweet! Thank you for sharing it with us. :)

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    1. It's funny a number of you are saying this story is sweet because most people wouldn't consider me "sweet" at all. Must be my husband's influence. :)

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  8. Hahaha, congrads on the hubby. I have a super man too. He has such a great heart. I'm so lucky, as are you! Great addition to the hop.

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  9. As an older sister and now a mother I think there is a sense of what will work and what won't. What meshes and boy howdy, you can spot trouble and drama a mile off. I have learned not to push but I do state my opinion, if asked, and give subtle comments when not--nothing hurtful, just comments I know they will think about. Regardless of the choices made, I keep in mind that I'm not the one who will live with them and that good manners and graciousness in those circumstances is a must.

    My husband and I are good friends too.

    I enjoyed hearing about your romance. :-)

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

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    1. Thank you!

      Our friendship is definitely the foundation of our marriage. He's my best friend, no doubt.

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  10. Congrats on 15 years of marriage!

    My husband and I celebrated our 25th anniversary this past summer. Nothing better than marrying your best friend. :)

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    1. Thank you! And wow - 25 years! I really think being friends is key to a successful relationship.

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  11. Happy Anniversary! Dropping in from Crystal's blogfest. Newest follower here.

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  12. That's a beautiful romantic story about your husband.

    Love,
    Janie Junebug

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  13. This is a beautiful "how we met" story. Thank you for sharing it with us. It really warmed my heart.

    Be well,

    Elsie
    AJ's wHooligan in the A-Z Challenge

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  14. That's such a sweet story. Happy early anniversary! And here's to long-lasting love that begins as friendship.

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  15. I love your story so much! That is so very cool. :)

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    1. Thank you, Kimberly! I don't hear the word "cool" applied to me, or anything related to me, very often. :)

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  16. One of my favorite quotes is "Just because it isn't happening right now doesn't mean it won't", and it reminds me of you and your husband. Yay for timing! :)

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    1. Great quote, Madeline - thanks for sharing it.

      Oh, and even better name. :)

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  17. Congrats on fifteen years!! My husband and I were friends first before we started dating. Isn't it awesome to be married to your best friend? Loved your post!! : )

    http://swordsandstilettos.blogspot.com/

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    1. I know for us, our friendship is the foundation of everything else.

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    1. Safe and adorable - that's me. Okay, definitely safe. Not sure on the adorable but I'll take it. :)

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  19. Lovely thought to post about your hubby and your marriage for your answer! Happy Anniversary!

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    1. Thank you, Carolyn. My husband got a kick out of the post. :)

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  20. When I saw the last person pick their husband I told them you guys were making me feel guilty.
    Not for long but I did feel it for a minute or two!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Heather

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    1. No need to feel guilty - I'm sure your husband understands. :)

      Thanks for Following us here at TSR!

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  21. HI, Madeline....

    What a great story... it's so important to be friends first, that way you know it will last!

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    1. Definitely, Michael. My husband and I make a great team.

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  22. That's wonderful and romantic, Madeline! It definitely sounds like you and your husband make a great team. I love that your moms were well ahead of both of you, though. :)

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  23. What a sweet story. Love always happens when it's supposed to.

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  24. Now this is the best story! Maybe your mothers were working behind the scenes as only mothers can do.

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    1. They might have wanted to, but they let things play out. :)

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  25. Aww, that was a sweet story.

    .......dhole

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  26. That's sweet. My mum saw hubby potential in Hubby when he visited every day after school while I had glandular fever - even though I could barely stay conscious!

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  27. loved your story! wish we could hear more romance & happy endings irl!

    happy v day!

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