How I Met My Honey

It’s here! It’s here! “How I Met My Honey” is finally here! Getting ready to host a blog carnival is a lot of work (at least it has been for me — it’s the first time I’ve done it), but I’m really excited you’re here. I think this is going to be a LOT of fun.

If you’ve stumbled upon this blog for the first time today, and have no idea what “How I Met My Honey” is, click here to learn all about it. Then come back and join the fun! Also, if you’ve written about this topic on your blog or Web site in the past, feel free to link to that “old” post.

Don’t forget to sign the Mister Linky and link to your ACTUAL “How I Met My Honey” post, not to the main page of your blog. (You’d be amazed how often people find a cool carnival weeks later. By linking to your actual post you’re much more likely to have people read the post.)

And now, the story of how I met MY honey.

As I’ve said previously, it involves a park, two dogs and a pile of poop.

In the early summer of 2004, the first dog park in my county opened. My friend Sarah suggested that we go check it out. I became a dog park junkie, although Toby didn’t like it so much. πŸ™‚

While there, I kept hearing about this guy named Ed. No one could believe I’d not met Ed, because he came almost every day — and because he had this crazy dog named Fox. I just looked at people like THEY were crazy. I hadn’t met no stinkin’ guy named Ed. I’d met Ed’s business partner and one of his business partner’s daughters, but not Ed.

Until August 17, 2004. That day I met my mom for dinner. After dinner, I wanted her to come with me to the dog park for a few minutes, but she wanted to head for home. It was getting DARK, but I was determined to go. I drove as fast as my little car could take me, picked up the dog, and headed for the park. By the time I got there, there may have been 30 minutes of daylight left. I went flying out of the car and down the path to the dog park. And I didn’t take any bags with which to pick up Toby’s… um… waste.

Naturally, on the way to the park, Toby relieved himself. And I didn’t have a bag. Oh, the guilt. I mentally marked the spot, so I could get a dog park waste bag and clean it up. Unfortunately, there weren’t any bags. Ugh.

When I got into the park, I mentioned, kind of to the air, that my dog had pooped on the way down and I didn’t have any bags.

“I have a bag,” said this guy in shorts, t-shirt, hiking socks, and hiking shoes. He agreed to keep an eye out for Toby while I went to clean up after him. When I got back, I thanked him and we introduced ourselves, humans and dogs alike. So THIS was the famous Ed and his crazy dog Fox. πŸ™‚

For the next several months, we saw each other often, always at the dog park. I knew he owned a photography business, had a dog, and a general idea of where he lived. That was about all.

After seeing us interact a few times, my friend Sarah told me I should date him. And that, to get the ball rolling, I should invite Ed to eat ice cream one night after we went to the park. I declined to ask him for a number of reasons, chief among them the fact that just a few months earlier I’d decided I didn’t want to be married. For me, this meant not dating either. (I’ve never been the “date for the sake of dating” type.)

So I KEPT seeing Ed (hoping he’d be there when I got there or get there SOON) and kept LIKING Ed, but kept not doing anything about it.

On January 8, 2005, my nephew Francis was born. He wasn’t due until March 10. He was healthy, but EARLY. I was a proud first-time aunt and took photos to the dog park, which I showed Ed, of course. (I was SO glad he was there that day.) Ed later told me that his feelings started changing for me then. (Sarah would say he liked me way before then, but that’s beside the point.)

In mid-February, Ed took this picture of Toby and me with his camera phone.

That was my first REALLY big clue that he might like me. (Um… why else would he take my picture?) I didn’t see him for 3 months, which I have dubbed the “absence makes the heart grow fonder” period. πŸ™‚

The day that ended the “absence makes the heart grow fonder” period was the day of my family reunion. I had Toby with me at the picnic and decided to stop by the dog park on my way home. Once again, it was getting late, not much daylight left. Ed says he’d just asked Bobby, another dog park “regular,” if he’d seen me. Bobby told him he had and that I was doing well, getting ready to buy a house. Then I walked through the door of the dog park.

Ed got up and approached me. Frankly, I thought he was going to kiss me. What he did was hug me. Hard. And with the hugest grin on his face. Fox, who is very protective of Ed, barked at me. I consider myself lucky not to have been killed. πŸ™‚ We chatted awhile and went on our way. By then, he was basically knocking me over with his “I like Rebecca” vibes.

About a month later, I ran into him again. Once again he hugged me hello. Ed, a girl named Lauren, and I chatted about life, love and other mysteries. We all left together. For the first time, he walked me to my car. We talked for quite awhile, about all sorts of things, personal things, some difficult things.

A couple of days later, I e-mailed Sarah about all this. She told me that guys didn’t talk to girls the way Ed talked to me unless they liked them. (I’d dated practically not at all prior to this.)

To make a VERY long story just a little bit shorter, I e-mailed Ed that day, and asked him if he “liked me, liked me.” Four days later, Ed wrote me back and said yes, he was, indeed, interested in getting to know me outside of the dog park. The next day (July 1), we talked on the phone for quite a long time. The day after THAT, we went on our first date (to the dog park — of course — and to Mellow Mushroom for dinner).

On July 4, we went on our second date, to Sweetwater Creek, to hike. That evening, we ate Chinese food at my house, hung out, and cuddled. For two hours. He also kissed me, twice, two little pecks on the lips. Just perfect. When he left, he told me he’d call me the next day. And he did. We’ve been joined at the hip ever since.

This picture was taken in late July, just shy of four weeks after we started dating. Aren’t we cute?

In September, Ed met my parents. The next weekend, we picked out my engagement ring and our wedding bands. At the end of October, we set a wedding date, before we were officially engaged. The first weekend of November, he officially asked me to marry him. Where did he ask me? At the dog park, of course. We got married on April 29, 2006, two years ago today.

From left to right — and then from left to right again: 1) Me getting my hair highlighted about six weeks after we started dating. Yes, I sent him this picture. 2) Us at Blimpie before going to see “The Nutcracker,” November 2005. 3) Ed at the bottom of a spiral slide. 4) Me wearing my veil, months before the wedding. 5) The chocolate bouquet Ed got me for our first Valentine’s Day. 6) The engagement picture that was on the front of our wedding order of worship (photo by PKE Photo Group).

Want to hear more? (And God bless you if you made it this far.)

On May 19, we’re doing it all again, this time about wedding stories.

Can you stand the excitement?

Now, tell me YOUR stories. I can’t wait to read them.

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49 thoughts on “How I Met My Honey

  1. Sarcastic Mom

    “…interested in getting to know me outside of the dog park.” Love it! πŸ™‚
    Your engagement photo is really lovely.

    My post is written and it will publish at midnight… but I’m CST, so I’ll have to come back and link in with it later.

    Sarcastic Moms last blog post..Holding On To Hurt

    I love that line, too. And thanks for the compliment about our engagement photo. πŸ™‚

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  2. bits & pieces

    What a sweet and wonderful love story! I bet the β€œabsence makes the heart grow fonder” period of 3 months was difficult. I really really enjoyed your love story, thank you for sharing!

    And thank you for hosting this carnival! I’m really looking forward reading everybody’s stories.

    bits & piecess last blog post..Monsters

    Thank you so much! πŸ™‚ The “absence makes the heart grow fonder” period was more difficult for him than for me. I had his e-mail address (very easy to remember), but he didn’t know how to get in touch with me. He said he wasn’t sure he’d ever see me again! (Poor guy.)

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  3. Elaine

    What a sweet story! I love that your dogs kind of brought you together. I am sure Ed is glad you decided you wanted to be married after all!

    Looks like I am the first to link up – how fun! : )

    Elaines last blog post..Motherhood in a Picture

    Thanks, Elaine! πŸ™‚ I’d say the dogs definitely brought us together. I’m glad I decided I wanted to be married, too… but Ed had quite a lot to do with that. πŸ™‚

    And thanks for kicking off the carnival by being the first to link in!

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  4. Gabriel

    Oops! Spanish version of my post is gone! Back to editing…

    Great idea, Reba! I have to finish reading your story after I’m done with my post, it looked promising…

    Gabriels last blog post..How I met my honey

    I see that your Spanish version was resurrected. I’m glad for that. Thanks for participating, and for publicizing the carnival on your blog!

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  5. Paloma

    What a great story. It sounds like something out of a movie, not seeing him for those long stretches of time and all.

    Thanks for hosting. Strangely enough, I had never thought to write this story before you held this carnival. I can’t wait for the wedding post.

    PS What a great day to talk about love. Happy anniversary!

    Palomas last blog post..How I Met My Honey

    Thanks! I’m glad you joined us, and that you’ve gotten your story written down. I’m glad to hear you’re going to join us for the wedding carnival. πŸ™‚

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  6. cyndy

    I thought for sure you were going to say you got married in the dog park. hee hee

    cyndys last blog post..Get Moving Monday!

    Cyndy, it was considered. Briefly. πŸ™‚ We did have the dogs there for part of the celebration, but more on that May 19. πŸ˜‰

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  7. Fianna

    What a sweet story! I love that first inclination that someone may like you like you.

    Fiannas last blog post..I Rhyme With Kermit

    Thanks, Fianna. πŸ™‚ That “first inclination” really is sweet… and I love remembering it. πŸ™‚

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  8. Karen MEG

    What a sweet love story, Rebecca!!!! I love this! I’m going to have to visit everyone’s … I did a series of “how we met” and I’m posting it today (as links).

    Great idea… and a VERY happy anniversary to you!

    Karen MEGs last blog post..Who are these kids?

    Thank you so much! This was a lot of fun.

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  9. lceel

    It is morning. I’m not posting until tonight. But I have linked in. Meantime – a charming story, yours. A question. There is 14 years between Annie and I. How many between the two of you?

    lceels last blog post..on my mind, my feeble mind

    Thank you! Ed is almost 21 years older than I am. Seems like about 21 minutes’ difference most days. πŸ™‚

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  10. Katie

    First, Happy 2nd Anniversary to you and Ed!! Second, what a cute “how we met” story you two have! Third, here is my “how we met” story. Thanks for hosting the carnival πŸ™‚

    How Katie Met Jon

    Katie, thank you. Thank you. Thank you. And you’re welcome. πŸ˜‰

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  11. Allison (aka AngelGal)

    When I first came across your blog, with the idea for the How I Met My Honey post, I just HAD to do it—I started it right then and there! Which is amazing, because I just recently started in on my Birth Stories, from Lotus’ site, and I have yet to do my breastfeeding stories…I will DEFINITELY come back for our wedding story (though it’s not nearly as flamboyant as other’s are, and I included just a tiny bit of it in this one).

    This is cool—and I LOVE how you guys came about! πŸ™‚ Sweet! We have our own “absence makes the heart grow fonder” period, but it was after we got married, not before! I wrote a bit about that in Part 1 of my birth stories. I have 1 or 2 more of that!

    Come see the story of Me and T!

    I am so glad you participated, and I can’t wait to hear about your wedding. My wedding wasn’t flamboyant, by any means, but it was special. You’re just as married no matter how you get married. You know?

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  12. RobMonroe

    What a great story! (I bounced from somewhere, not really sure where!)

    I posted our meeting/the first year story a copule of months back, but added it to your list.

    Thanks for sharing your story. So good to read about people’s happiness!

    Thanks so much! I understand “bouncing in,” but not knowing from where. It is the story of my blogging life. πŸ™‚

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  13. Toni

    A great story….

    What a fun carnival! How did you get over your “never going to get married” vow?

    Did you also marry at the dog park?

    Tonis last blog post..How I Met My Honey…

    Thank you, Toni!

    I got over my “never going to get married” vow when I started dating Ed. πŸ™‚ And it was less that I NEVER wanted to get married than that I didn’t want to get married THEN. I thought 40 was a good age to get married. (I was almost 30 when I made the vow.)

    We didn’t get married at the dog park, but it was considered briefly. πŸ™‚ Our dogs were involved in our day, but you’ll have to wait until May 19 for that story.

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  15. Kami

    I bet you are very glad you changed your mind about getting married! Just goes to show that the right guy is all that’s needed.

    πŸ™‚

    PS came by via Elaine’s site

    You’re right. The right guy does the trick every time. I’m glad you came by. Come again!

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  16. merrymishaps

    Happy Anniversary! Mine was yesterday.

    What a great story, but, Wow! it took you guys a long time to get together πŸ™‚

    I plan to add my entry tonight.

    merrymishapss last blog post..7 years ago today …

    Happy belated anniversary to you, too! It took awhile for us to get together, but, boy, was the wait worth it. πŸ™‚

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  17. Missy

    This was fun! I did mine today on a whim after reading some of the other stories – great idea, thank you!

    It WAS fun. I’m glad you did this. πŸ™‚

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  18. Frances

    I came across this from another blog I read – and come to find out I had just posted our story.

    Great idea.. and beautiful story! πŸ™‚ I love these types of things.

    Francess last blog post..Why do I blog?

    I’m glad you joined us. And I think we have a beautiful story, too. πŸ˜‰ Come see me again!

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  19. Amy @ Milk Breath & Margaritas

    This is SO adorable! Any falling in love story with dogs has to be pure and sweet!

    Thanks, Amy! You know? Our story WAS pure and sweet… and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

    By the way, I LOVE the name of your blog — and your header! Awesome!

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  20. Eve

    I think this was such a good idea for a carnival. I’ll be thinking about a good wedding story for the 19th. It may not be my own – that was pretty uneventful. lol

    Eves last blog post..How I Met My Honey

    Thanks, Eve. Hey, my wedding wasn’t that eventful either… but I was MARRIED after the ceremony, which is what matters. I hope you’ll join us.

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  21. Jackie

    What a cool idea. It was the perfect topic for me to post on! It was also nice reading other’s stories πŸ™‚

    Jackies last blog post..How I Met My Honey

    I enjoyed everyone’s stories, too. I’m glad you joined us. Come visit me again some time! πŸ™‚

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  22. Trish

    what a lovely story … s sweet your dogs were the reason you met.Mine was written a while ago but I love a good love story so I had to join in.

    Trishs last blog post..Screwup Tuesday …

    Thanks so much, Trish! Toby (my dog of origin) is sleeping next to me as I type. I’m glad I decided to get a dog. πŸ™‚

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  23. abby

    Happy Anniversary to you two!
    Great idea – always nice to stumble upon themed things in the blogosphere.. Thanks for doing this.

    abbys last blog post..How I met my honey

    Thanks, Abby! πŸ™‚ I’m glad you had fun. Come see me again!

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  26. Sandy (Momisodes)

    Happy Anniversary! What a sweet love story πŸ™‚ I loved reading this about you both. I can’t imagine being apart for so long.
    I linked back to you on my blog today, but wasn’t able to get my post up in time…sorry, I suck 😦

    Sandy (Momisodes)s last blog post..Keep Away From Food & No One Gets Hurt

    Thanks, Sandy! I am glad I finally wrote my story out. πŸ™‚ And thanks for the linky love, but you so do NOT suck! As I said at your place (I think… so many comments, so little memory), feel free to write your story later, if you want to.

    And Sandy? You ROCK! πŸ™‚

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  27. Steph

    What a wonderful idea! I love your story, so sweet! Your dog is too adorable too by the way.

    Stephs last blog post..The Beginning

    Thanks so much, Steph! πŸ™‚ Toby (the dog) says thanks for the compliment, too.

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  28. donna

    I was a day late, but this was fun! Found you through Karen MEG and Sarcastic Mom!

    Thanks, Donna! I’m glad you enjoyed yourself… πŸ™‚ Come see me again!

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  29. Fern

    Your wedding photo is amazing! And that story is so cute. Very heartwarming. I’m so glad you finally met up again!

    Happy 2nd anniversary. Here’s to 48 more — let’s make it an even 50.

    Ferns last blog post..one heck of an april fool’s prank

    Thanks so much, Fern! 48 more years would work for me. πŸ™‚

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