A Year Ago Today

A year ago today, I talked on the phone with Josh for the first time. Our phone call lasted over three hours.

The next day we had our very first date. And it was absolutely perfect. We got coffee from Saints and then walked around State College. We explored buildings and a rooftop and a bridge. We had dinner at a Thai restaurant (that is unfortunately now closed) and got cupcakes at Indulge. We talked non-stop and I remember laughing the whole night. As it was starting to get dark out and the temperature was dropping he took my hand and my heart began to race. We went back to his place to eat our cupcakes and sat talking on his couch, with him still holding my hand. We talked about everything under the sun, it was so easy to talk to him, our conversation never felt forced. It was our first date and yet I could so clearly see myself sitting just like that with him, holding hands and talking about our days far off in the future. We had our first kiss that night, before I floated home on a cloud.

I can’t believe its been a year, but at the same time I feel like I’ve known him forever. He is my best friend. And I am so excited to get to celebrate a year of happiness and joy and love with him!

Since he promised he wouldn’t read this I thought I would share what I got him for our anniversary on here. I really hope he likes them!

I got him a picture frame box with a photo of us from Halloween.

Inside it contains 101 notes for 101 things that I love about him.

I also had our letters bound into a book. I know this is something some people don’t feel comfortable sharing but I see absolutely nothing wrong with it. Josh and I met online and began emailing at the end of August. We sent daily emails until the day we met. 222 pages and 125,910 words. We basically wrote a book together.

And his final present is another book, this one containing photos. I got Josh a Mixbook that tells the story of our first year together in pictures! It was so much fun to relive all the memories as I went through the pictures, and I am so happy with how it turned out.

When we went duck feeding last Spring.

Celebrating 4th of July together and Josh’s Masters Graduation this past Summer.

Here’s to many more years as perfect as this one. I feel so lucky to have found the person I want to experience life with and that makes me laugh and think and cherish each and every moment.

I hope you all have a great weekend! Happy 11/11/11!



  1. Caitlin G. says

    This is so precious!!! All of your gifts are so thoughtful and he’s going yo love them!!!! My favorite is the book with your letters. That is so sweet. Happy anniversary to you two and I wish you many more to come!!!

  2. says

    Wow, you are seriously the best gift-giver, so creative and thoughtful – just how the best gifts should be. Congrats on your 1 year! I love that you met online too, I hear more and more stories about how successful people are meeting online!

    • says

      Aw thank you so much! I am very happy to say he loved the gifts! And got me the sweetest gifts ever! I’m a big advocate for online dating in today’s digital age, it’s how my dad and stepmom met!

  3. Elizabeth says

    I started following you the other night on twitter during the Whole Food discussion. Then I stumbled upon your blog! This is only the first post I’ve read, but it really hit me. I’ve been online dating lately, but I’m too embarrassed to tell anyone. Thanks for your refreshing take on love. Best of luck to both of you!

  4. says

    my boyfriend and i met online too! we’ve been together 2 and 1/2 years! it’s so crazy, i read that 1 in 4 relationships start online nowadays. congratulations! so happy for you guys, and all of your presents were so sweet!

    • says

      Ohh how awesome! I love hearing how other couples met. Congrats on you and your boyfriends long and happy relationship! I’m so glad internet dating exists or I wouldnt have gotten to meet Josh! And that is a very sad thought!

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