Tim and I just celebrated our fourth anniversary at the beginning of September. Here is a little insight to how Sarah and Tim became Sarah and Tim. You may be surprised.
One August night in 2001, I was invited by a friend to go to www.ldschat.com with her, a chat room specifically for people of our faith. After a few minutes online, I started chatting with Tim. At the time I was living in Vancouver and he was in Portland. We soon found we were the same age, shared similar interests and got along quite well. We ended up chatting for four hours that night, exchanged email addresses and started emailing, chatting and racking up crazy phone bills on a regular basis. Because of the distance between us, we had the opportunity to develop a strong friendship that was an excellent foundation for what was to come.
New Years 2002, Tim and his band came to party and we finally met. The chemistry was there and shortly thereafter, we began dating officially. We took turns coming to visit back and forth (luckily there is only a six hour drive between Vancouver and Portland) and then that summer Tim received his call to serve in the Chile Santiago North mission.
I was devastated. Of course I wanted to support Tim but knew I was going to miss him while he was gone. Tim asked me not to wait for him, and I wasn’t planning on it. While I dated up a storm while Tim was away, the feelings I had for Tim (and vice versa) didn’t go away.
That said, I had skipped out writing Tim for the last six months of his mission and Tim thought I’d gotten married by that point.
At the end of his mission, we talked and were both a little indifferent of our relationship. He decided to come visit before leaving for school at BYU the fall of 2004 and before we knew it, we were exactly where we left off. Tim wanted me to come to Utah, to which I responded something like “over my dead body” (fate has a cruel sense of irony) and we decided to call it quits. We both thought it would be forever, but in February of 2005, I called Tim to tell him I still had feelings for him. He was dating another girl at the time, but before I knew it, he had broken up after mulling over our conversation. Tim told me that he had been comparing me to every girl he dated at BYU and none of them had measured up.
By spring of 2005, Tim had planned a roadtrip with his school friends to Vancouver and we had several days together. At the time I was planning to serve a mission for our church and he was fully supportive of the idea. But by June, the thought of putting our relationship on hold for a mission was hard to swallow. We started talking about getting married and were engaged soon afterwards.
How did Tim propose? We were at the Seattle Temple and he says to me, “Maybe we can go ring shopping this weekend!” and I’m thinking, “You don’t already have the ring?” As we”re sitting in the parking lot, then he pops this gorgeous diamond on me and asks me to marry him. I said yes, of course.
One stressful summer engagement and two receptions later, we were married in the Cardston, Alberta temple and then rode off into the sunset. It was perfect.
So there you have it. I met the love of my life on the internet. How is that for God bringing two compatible people together that may have never met otherwise? It’s beyond chance and makes me immensely grateful.
How did you meet your husband/wife/partner?