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So Close Yet So Far



Andrew and Jessica

Location: Woodridge, IL
Engaged: April 15th, 2009

What you are about to read will shock and amaze you, but we promise this story is 100% completely true! We are about to celebrate our one year anniversary and you are not going to believe our story! We thought we would celebrate by sharing it with you.

Jessica and I both reside in the Atlanta, GA area. We started communicating through eHarmony during the summer of 2008.  Right away we could tell we had a lot in common, so we started e-mailing.  Little did we know how much we had in common!  It was Jessica who asked where I was from, to which I replied that I had grown up in the Chicago suburbs.  Few have ever heard of the small town of Woodridge, IL where I grew up, so imagine my surprise when Jessica's response was, "Oh really, I grew up in a town called Woodridge, IL!"  In a whirlwind of e-mails, we discovered that not only were we from the same small town in Illinois, but that we had gone to the same middle school, were in eighth grade band together, and even went to the same church (my mother was even Jessica's Sunday school teacher).  The coincidences and connections continued to grow until we decided to open our eighth grade yearbooks.  In it was a picture with the two of us, up close, standing shoulder to shoulder.

We should probably explain that in eighth grade we barely knew each other, even though we knew some of the same people.  Jessica had moved from Woodridge to Atlanta during high school when her father was relocated for work.  I moved to Atlanta nearly ten years later to begin a master’s degree in music at Georgia State University (by the way, Jessica also has a degree from Georgia State).

The initial excitement made us eager to meet each other.  On our first date we closed down the restaurant because we talked so long.  The chemistry grew during our second date, at a Braves game, as we learned more about each other.  This was when we decided to see only each other.  The following months flew by and we fell in love.  We realized how much fun we had together, how hard we could make each other laugh, and that we could tell each other anything.  It was not long after that I knew I wanted to spend my life with Jessica.

I proposed to Jessica at the conclusion of my graduate music recital on April 15, 2009.  I had written an arrangement of our song to perform as an encore.  After the performance I invited Jessica on stage.  I told her how much I loved her and how she makes me smile every day, then I asked her to marry me.  She said yes and I put the ring on her finger to the sound of a standing ovation from an audience of our family and friends.

Not a day goes by that I don't wonder how two people who grew up down the street from each other (literally) could fall in love 700 miles and ten years later.  Nor does a day go by that I don't realize how lucky I am to have such an amazing and beautiful woman to spend my life with.  We are truly blessed, thank you eHarmony!




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