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March 16, 2011



OK, alright already, will the two of you marry me? You're just right, just meant to be. I adore your stories. And I agree that Andy is hot, but mostly due to that latch-hook phase a couple years ago. Happy, happy. xo Nancy

Katie W

You are the cutest couple I know! (Except for the minor fact that I don't actually know you, tee hee). I love that you have been together for so many years and still are able to really love and appreciate each other. It's very inspiring!

Jennifer Robin

Your story reminds me a lot of my hubby's and mine, especially the break-ups. Oh, and the pipes too ;)


This was a wonderful, quick read. Just love your blog and wish we were neighbors.


Happy Anniversary! So let me get this straight: it takes two years of barely speaking and two hours in a white Geo Metro to fall in love? How has it taken this long to isolate the formula?!!



Hands down this is my most favourite post ever!


I love this post! Reminds me of my own relationship with my hubby. Long distance relationship, break-ups that only I can remember (and he has no recollection of), a drive during our "iffy" stage ending with a ridiculous statement by him. Oh, it's all so familiar. Hahahaha! But his hotness outweighed his "randomness", a girl can't resist :) Thanks for sharing! This made me smile today :)


Augustana? My hubs grew up in Rock Island! We lived just up the road when we were first married, on 8th Ave. We lived on Henry's hamburgers back then. Sooo cheap, but it was all we could afford.
Love your stories!


Oh, Alicia, sometimes (frequently) your blog just makes my morning! Thanks so much for sharing, and congratulations to you and Andy both.


What a wonderful story. I love your humour Alicia, you make me LOL! Thank you for sharing, and happy anniversary.


I love you both quite a bit right now. Happy Anniversary!


sweet story!



I love this story. Happy anniversary of your engagement. A man who knits, cuts fabric for kits, loves you, and has fantastic pipes is a keeper.


I wish you both a lifetime of happiness together....all that your hearts can hold.

It is a wonderful feeling to be with such a person. My husband and I will have been married for 35 years this month, and I feel so much the same way about him. He makes me laugh, even when I'm feeling sad,or mad. I love that so much about him, and I'm grateful.

Best wishes!

Rebekah @ It Only Gets Better

I've never met either of you and, very likely,never will. But I will never forget reading your story and seeing the pictures of the two of you in Hallmark Magazine. I thought you were the sweetest couple ever and I was in awe of your story and of Andy becoming a nurse after your accident and how you nursed your soul back together with your own hands and some embroidery thread. I think you two are the coolest evah! Thank you for being you.


Oh, that is just what I needed to read this morning. I can't help but think about all the good and lovely things in the world when I hear stories like this one. And that quote about the hamburgler - so awesome :)


I love reading and re-reading the story of you and Andy. It just makes me hopeful for the world at large. So much happiness.
I met my DH in college where he was a freshman and I a junior too! Neat-o.


Ah,sweet love. Anyone who has it should hold onto it with all their might. I have been in love with my high school sweetheart for 44 years and the fire has definitely not gone out. It is a true blessing when you find the one you are supposed to be with for your whole life. May you and Andy have a happy eternity together.


the Hamburgler, or Mayor McCheese?"
thing...oh my Gosh...lolololololol, thank you, thank you!

Kristina Strain

HOT! Oh, I cracked UP at that! I think I've confessed this before, but... well, we all have our secret husbands, right? It's not like we'd actively DO anything in pursuit of said husband... because frankly, we're very happy with our actual (and not secret) husband. BUT. Andy Paulson is *definitely* one of my secret husbands. I hope that's okay with you.

Jenny G.

Happy day! But I think one of my favorite parts of this story is that in describing all of the different groups of people that Andy was friends with, you list geologists as a separate group. I guess we are a 'special' breed. It made me giggle- thanks!


Wow Alicia. And Andy. Thank you so much...


tears to my eyes! beautiful, thank you so much for sharing!

Victory Garden Yarn

Okay, really, what IS it about a guy in rubber boots?! I picked boyfriend up from work on Monday (when it was a full monsoon in Seattle) and he rounded the corner of his building wearing his work pants tucked into his rubber boots. I had a total melty, fluttery, twitter-pated breakdown right there in the car.

He got in the car and had absolutely no idea why I had a smooshy grin plastered all over my face. It really is the little things, idn't it? ;)


Your story brought a little lump to my throat. I think you should write a book. I love your posts, they are so true, so keen and I feel like we are sitting together in a little cafe or maybe my front room and we are just old soul friends! Love you guys!
P.S. My husband is an R.N. too.

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