It all started with a house. My former house, specifically. About a year before we met, I was getting ready to put my house on the market and had met with a realtor. I wasn't living there and the tenant left without paying all of her rent. She also destroyed what a few years earlier was a new house. Having to put in new carpet, interior doors (yes, seriously), repair sheetrock, and paint almost every room and the ceiling in the kitchen, I obviously couldn't sell at the time.
Fast forward about six months and I contacted the realtor to list the house. The realtor I had been working with had moved away and I was sent an e-mail by the broker in charge that another realtor, Katie, would contact me. Katie and I met shortly after, and given the situation, she heard my story.
We met at the house and after looking through it and talking for a few hours, she asked me if I was dating anyone at the time. When I told her not really, she asked me if I would be interested in meeting someone because she had two guys in mind. One of them happened to be from here (my house was in another town about an hour away). She told me that her parents and his grandparents had beach houses side-by-side in Garden City and they had grown up together. She told me he was a great guy and from what she remembered about him and knew about me, she thought we'd get along well. She said he had been married before, too, and had a little boy (she didn't know about our youngest). She said she would send me a friend suggestion on Facebook and I could add him as a friend. I said no and that she could tell him about me and if he wanted to meet me, he could contact me.
Later that night, I had a friend request from him. We were having Vacation Bible School at my church this week and the next day, he sent me a message saying something about it because he had just finished helping with the same one at his church, where we now go. After several back and forth messages, he asked for my number and gave me a call. I didn't know it at the time, but he hates talking on the phone. So much for that! We ended up talking several hours each time we talked and about a week later, we went on our first date and have been together ever since.
It amazes me sometimes thinking about how it worked out. Having both gone through some pretty bad times, it made it easier for us (or at least for me) to talk about the really important things. I also knew I didn't want to get involved with someone unless I knew it was God's plan. I knew that with Kevin.
Shortly after we started dating, I met the boys. We were all very fortunate, I know, that we formed a tight bond so quickly. And not much more than a year after meeting, we were married on October 13, 2012.
Kevin and the boys are the greatest gifts I have ever received!