Sealed with an email

Just turned 33, spinster midwife, getting set in my living-alone ways, a few Mr Wrongs – my marriage prospects weren’t looking good. A colleague planted a little seed by giving me a book called ‘Why Mr Right Can’t Find You… and how to make sure he does‘ (Married readers stop laughing! Single thirtysomethings – buy it!) and told me about a married-mother-of-three friend of hers who met her husband on Guardian Soulmates. Ok, time to get proactive, I decided.

I started doing a lot of smiling in the supermarket (or inane grinning, depending on which way you looked at me). I took a shine to the local Tesco manager and started asking where things were quite a lot. Meanwhile I carefully picked some ‘you-could-take-me-home-to-meet-your-mother’ profile pictures and got my perfectly honest written profile ready. One click on the ‘publish’ button and my fate was sealed! Just a few days later several men had been in touch but a man with a gorgeous smile had caught my eye and had ‘favourited’ me! I ‘favourited’ him back and waited. When another couple of days had passed without any contact from the smiler he got a taste of my assertiveness and received an email from me stating that ‘a girl could get old and grey waiting for you to get in touch’. A month of email exchanges later and a first date between Name Already Taken and Angelina9764 was arranged.

It was arranged that I would get a taxi and pick him up on the way to our destination. “32 Station Road”, I told the taxi driver. As we got to the street, my stomach was doing somersaults, but I was really excited. He seemed so genuine and funny by email and had assured me he wasn’t a scammer. But when the taxi driver said “There’s no number 32 love” I nearly died a thousand deaths and thought ‘you bloody fool Emma’. Apprehensively I phoned his mobile, with the taxi driver looking on. “I’ll be out in a minute” he said and hung up. Then he appeared! Phew! He later told me he was so nervous when he was talking to me to arrange our date that he forgot the house number – seems it was 31, not 32! A couple of weeks later and I did get introduced to the parents, although I think his mum was a little wary of me as one of her first questions to me was “Have you dated many men from the internet?”. I nearly died another thousand deaths at that one! Smiler was my first and only date from online dating, I got lucky. Just 19 months after our first date, we were married on a beautiful sunny day in York. That was four years ago today. If you’ve read the blog before you may have noticed that we have an almost four year old… yes the maths is correct, four weeks to the day and almost to the minute of our wedding, our first son was born.

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Our lives since we got married have been such a rollercoaster ride of events and emotions but my husband is ever-present with his support and love and so this blog post is dedicated to him. I read him a poem on our wedding day and it is true more than ever today.

Love by Roy Croft
I love you, not only for what you are, 
But for what I am when I am with you. 

I love you, not only for what you have made of yourself, 
But for what you are making of me. 

I love you for the part of me that you bring out; 
I love you for putting your hand Into my heaped-up heart 
And passing over all the foolish, weak things that you can't help 
Dimly seeing there, and for drawing out into the light, 
all the beautiful belongings 
That no one else had looked quite far enough to find. 

I love you because you are helping me to make of the lumber of my life
Not a tavern but a temple; 
Out of the works of my every day 
Not a reproach, but a song. 

I love you
Because you have done 
More than any creed 
Could have done 
To make me good, 
And more than any fate
To make me happy. 

You have done it 
Without a touch, 
Without a word, 
Without a sign. 
You have done it 
By being yourself. 

Of course I have made a card for my husband to celebrate our anniversary.

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The background panels are embossed with ‘Intrinsic’ by Couture Creations. The stamp (with sentiment) is LOTV ‘Love Grows‘ coloured with Promarkers (took a while as it is a very detailed stamp).

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The sentiment is stamped with Brilliance pearlescent thyme and heat embossed with clear embossing powder to raise the lettering. Lastly I printed my personal sentiments, added them to tags, added a metal heart embellishment (Crafts Beautiful freebie) and threaded them through the card.

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I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Cards For Men – Challenge 18 – Tag It

Polkadoodles Challenge Blog – Challenge – Week 36 – Significant Birthday or Occasion (I hope a 4th anniversary counts!)

Thanks for reading,

Emma x

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