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So Close Yet So Far

Stacy and Jason

Location: Cottage Grove, MN
Married: July 25th, 2009

“Our Story" has two beginnings...The first was as students at UWRF from 92-96 (our paths crossed multiple times unknown to us at the time).  The second, and most important one (of course!) was through eHarmony in December of 2006.

Our analytical personalities enjoyed the compatibility questions, the eHarmony  process, and getting to know each other securely over a few months of emails.  Fortunately for us, we realized that we had a common friend from college. With her recommendation for both of us (and reassurance since we both knew and trusted her!), we decided to continue our chats on the phone.  February 9th, 2007 began our dating adventure.

Jay very romantically proposed to me at my dad's gazebo, in River Falls on March 26, 2008.

*My dad passed away in February 2006, days after his 59th birthday, from a battle with prostate cancer.  My dad and I were extremely close, and Jay wanted to include a part of his memory in the engagement.  The gazebo was a "project" that my Dad helped to build with his students in the fall of 2005 at the Renaissance Academy in RF  (Dad used vacation time from his job to work as a woodshop teacher there because he loved the kids and the craftsmanship opportunities!)  My dad served as the RF Ambulance Director for many years, and the connection to the department as well as ambulances themselves are sincerely peaceful remembrances of him.

Jay secretly arranged to have two of the RF ambulance vehicles drive by with lights on as he got down on one knee and said, "he loved me yesterday, he loves me today, and he will love me for the rest of his life if I let him"….and I said YES (through the tears)! 

My son was with his dad that night, so I removed the ring for a short time when we picked him up and took him home.  My son and Jay went upstairs when we got home as he said he had a surprise for mom…and they came down and presented the ring to me a second time.  It was truly amazing as Jay asked my son if it was ok, and what he would think of it all.  My son was just as excited with the packaging of the ring box and cleaner...oh, and the fact that we get to have a wedding "party" and dance so all of our friends can come!

- Photo courtesy of Hoffbeck Photography

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