I’m an Arizona native, and I have to say that one of my favorite things about the great Grand Canyon State is spring training baseball. I look forward to it each year and try to make the trip from LA to Phoenix for a few games every spring.
So when Amy and Randy sent us their story, you can imagine how excited I was when I found out they were engaged in my home state during a trip to see the White Sox and Cubs during spring training.
Married since 2008, Amy and Randy reside in Illinois. Here’s their story, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Randy and I were introduced through your website in May 2006. We wrote back and forth through your site for a few months and in the beginning of September, Randy invited me to a Friday night White Sox game. We met under the Marshall Field’s clock on State Street in Chicago (a popular meeting place for Chicagoans) and together we took the L down to the game. We talked nonstop throughout the game and the next thing we knew the White Sox hit a home run to win the game in the bottom of the ninth, the game was over, and it was time to say goodbye. I knew this was special from the first moment we met. We have been inseparable ever since.
In March, 2007, six months after our first date to the baseball game, Randy and I were in Arizona to see spring training (I’m a Cubs fan and he’s a White Sox fan). The two of us have discovered over our time dating that we’re both avid hikers and so we were out in the Saguaro National Forest hiking the morning after we arrived in Arizona.
At the top of a hill, overlooking two beautiful desert valleys, Randy bent over to get something from his pocket and I didn’t think anything of it. But when I turned back around to say something about the gorgeous view in front of us, Randy was down on one knee and was holding my hands in his. I remember seeing his eyes start to get watery and I can’t even tell you exactly what he said, but it was wonderful. He asked me to marry him that afternoon up on a hill in the hot Arizona sunshine.
May 17th, 2008 was the most beautiful day to get married. We were married in Woodstock, Illinois at a 4 p.m. ceremony in a small country Catholic church. The ceremony was performed by two priests who are friends of both of our families. Father Jack also married my parents 36 years prior. Our guests then joined us down the street at an old converted dairy barn where we had dinner prepared by Randy’s mom (who runs a wonderful cooking school in St. Charles, Illinois), great beer from a local brewery, and dancing late into the night. We had such a great time at our own wedding. Friends and family gathered from around the world to help us celebrate and it will be a day that we will remember forever!
We honeymooned the next two weeks in Costa Rica and we now reside in Illinois. We just wanted to say thank you again. You were responsible for bringing two people together who otherwise would never have met. We are hopelessly in love and look forward to spending the rest of our lives together.
I never expected to meet the one person in this world I was meant to be with when I signed up for eHarmony. I just thought it would be fun to meet people outside of my circle of friends. But meeting Randy was the most wonderful, unexpected surprise and I will always have eHarmony to thank for it.
Randy and I are your biggest fans. We have single friends that we have signed up and we can only hope that they have even a fraction of the success that we have found in finding each other on your site. Anyways, enough of my babbling on…I just wanted to say “thank you”, from both Randy and I. We truly don’t know how or when we ever would have met if it weren’t for your website.