Dreams Really Do Come True
Ashley Jones (Bride) MANISTIQUE, MI
A love I wasn't looking for. I was focusing on my daughter's and myself when he came into our lives. He wasn't looking for love, or a family for that matter but the world had a different plan. ❤ Summer of 2015 I had an appointment with Brenda Barber at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital & Aaron happened to be the nurse working with her that day. Being the caring person that he is he messaged & asked how I was feeling. Now I don't think this is protocol but I am glad that he did. Funny thing is once he messaged me I seen that we had also talked two years prior to that day. Same month & all. I think we had been at a mutual friends party so that prompted him to asked for my number &
to hang out sometime. I have lived in Michigan for about 15 years now & there were definitely several occasions when we were in the same place at the same time but I had never thought twice about it. Funny how your soul mate can be right in front of you & you don't even know it. May 22nd ( Aarons birthday) there was a party at his house and later in the evening, he came in with a flower that he picked & asked me if I would be his girlfriend. I kind of laughed & told him that he was crazy. Asked why on earth he would want to date someone who already has two kids. Two days went by & I thought what am I doing? I can't let this guy pass me by. And It was hands down one of THE BEST decisions that I have ever made. Now here we are. Two years later, welcoming another beautiful daughter in April or May & couldn't be happier. Aaron has been an amazing father figure to Aria & Kylee which made me fall even more in love. My kids are my world. Christmas Eve surrounded by family Aaron had me open a gift hanging from the tree which contained a onesie that read " Mommy Will You Marry My Daddy?" I looked over & there Aaron was, down on one knee. I said YES. So here we are. I feel like what we have is rare & I look forward to all that our future holds. Love It's been said that we really only fall in love with three people in our lifetime. Yet, it's said that we need each of these loves for a different reason. Often our first is when we are young, high school even. It's the idealistic love; the one that seems like the fairytales we are all read as children. It's a love that looks right. The second is supposed to be our hard love; the one that teaches us lessons about who we are and how we often want or need to be loved. Sometimes it's unhealthy, unbalanced or narcissistic even. It's the love that we wished was right. And the third is the love we never see coming. The one that usually comes dressed as all wrong for us and that destroys any lingering ideals we clung to about what love is supposed to be. It's the love that just feels right. Maybe we don't all experience these loves in this lifetime, but perhaps that's just because we aren't ready to. Possibly maybe we need a whole lifetime to learn or maybe if we're lucky it only takes a few years. And there may be those people who fall in love once and find it passionately lasts until their last breath. Someone once told me they are the lucky ones, and perhaps they are. But I kinda think that those who make it to their third love are really the lucky ones. They are the ones who are tired of having to try and whose broken hearts lay beating in front of them wondering if there is just something inherently wrong with how they love. But there's not; it's just a matter of if someone loves in the same way that they do or not. And maybe there's something special about our first love, and something heartbreakingly unique about our second...but there's also just something about our third. The one we never see coming. The one that actually lasts. The one that shows us why it never worked out before. And it's that possibility that makes trying again always worthwhile because the truth is you never know when you'll stumble into love.
Flowers by Ashley Jones