Although I did not meet Kris through CM, it was through CM Central Florida events that we were able to rekindle our romance and find love again.
Kris and I met originally on Valentine's Day 2001 in a Catholic Singles/Young Adult group. We dated on and off over the last 8 years and finally decided on being just friends in 2007. I even decided to cut off ties with him May 2008 after my birthday. I guess God certainly had different plans for the both of us. The time apart allowed both of us to grow and mature into the person that God meant for us to be. The person that would someday attract us both back to one another.
So what role did CM play in our getting back together? In November 2008, a new group of CM Central Florida folks had the idea to start getting together on a monthly basis. It was not the first time a group like this had been started in the area, but the new group had been hoping to jump start the group again, to perhaps create and foster lasting friendships and possibly something more.
It started with a few people interested from the Orlando area, but soon expanded to others from Tampa, as well as further south in Bradenton and Sarasota. Kris just happened to be one of those coming up from Bradenton after I had invited him. Our getting back together was slow at first. We both started to attend the monthly gatherings and started to take notice of one another. I had made a lot of changes in late 2008 that really caught Kris' eye. We started talking more again and became very close friends again. The feelings that were there from long ago started to arise for both of us.
By March 2009, we both decided to give this relationship one more try with the intention of possibly taking it to the next level. I had been pretty certain that I wanted this to end in only one outcome and that was going to be marriage. I had to give Kris sometime to realize that this is where our re-NEW-ed relationship was going. It did not take him long to realize that was where he wanted it to go too.
So on May 29, 2009 at St Peter's Catholic Church in Naples, FL where our relationship had first started way back in 2001, Kris proposed to me under the cross in the old grotto where we used to pray and walk the Stations of the Cross. I knew he was nervous but the words he said play over and over in my mind as I think back on that day. Those words are etched in my heart and burned as a permanent record in my brain. We will join our hearts together with Christ on August 28, 2010 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Orlando, FL. We look forward to the day we will finally be one.
We both want to thank CM and the CM Central Florida group for their support and encouragement through this whole process. Without them (two in particular who shall only be known as the Late Nite Crew) we would have never gotten back together and rekindled our romance. Without the diligent effort of the planners and organizers of the CM Central Florida group we would have never had the opportunity to see the growth and changes we both had made to get us to this point. We are thankful to CM and the CM Central Florida group for providing us with events and a way to find one another again.
We may not be considered a true CM connection but we do owe a lot in part to CM for giving us a way and means to remain connected.
Thank you so much.