Big Realization at the Big House

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By: Tricia Dooley

We only starting dating in September 2014, but I have known Dave for almost 2 years. He has also been a friend of my brother for 20 years. I knew almost instantly that I liked Dave, but the timing was just not right.

He didn’t know it, but thought about him and talked to my friends about him, but that is as far as it went.

eastern-floralOn a Saturday in August, while both of us were working at a U of M football game, I went over to talk to him and it put the biggest smile on his face. The feelings that overcame me during that embrace were feelings I knew I wanted to feel everyday. I used my brother to secretly get his phone number so I could wish him a good time on his weekend up north. Dave’s response was, “Good, now I have your number.”

Our relationship started out very slow at first but I quickly knew Dave was the kind of man I had been looking for. He is so kind, gentle, and loving. I could go on but the list is so long. After less than a month, our relationship escalated and by November we were talking marriage! Then, on January 20, 2015, he proposed.  We will be married on July 10th, 2015 in Traverse City on the beach!

I have meet the true love of my life. It has been a long time for me, but it was worth the wait.