One of the first questions Jon asked Mike and I was how did we meet. I explained we met on an online dating site. I had been on five different sites in as many years while Mike had been on three or four. We met on Plenty of Fish. Mike and I emailed back and forth for about two weeks prior to exchanging phone numbers. Mike gave me his number first which forced me to decide whether or not I wanted to pursue things further. Honestly I hemmed and hawed for a day or so before gathering up the courage to text him. He hated texting and I hate talking on the phone. It was a little bit of an adjustment on both of our parts and I’m happy to say I gladly talk to Mike on the phone today while he has become a gold medalist in texting.
Mike recently shared with me that what drew him to my profile was the fact I was holding a lamb. I admit I was sneaky and had my face kind of hidden in the background. He thought it was neat I was holding a lamb and that I was country. He has since told me he may have passed by my profile had it not been for the lamb. I was happy to see Mike had a dog in his profile. Mike did most of the pursuing and understood when I told him I could not meet him near where he lived for the first month of dating due to my work schedule. God bless him he met me every single time twice a week in the town I lived in at the time. I did not realize what a huge thing that was for him at the time.
Mike is retired from the Air Force and for a long time did not interact much with others or leave his comfort zone. He likewise did not know I had to challenge myself to continue to be open and communicate. Over the past year and a half we have made tremendous strides in our life and together. If you had asked me 19 months ago if I would be living and loving someone I would tell you that you are crazy. I was happy alone and was going to stay that way. But something inside of me said keep trying you will find someone. And had you asked Mike is he would be traveling up and down the east coast and working with me on a farm job all the while interacting with others he probably would have laughed. But here we are planning a life together and continuing to support and challenge each other.