After my initial wink and Teri's reply, we e-mailed back and forth for two weeks at an increasingly feverish pace before we got together for a first face-to-face date. It wasn't puppy love. But it was sniffing around at the possibilities and liking what we saw.
One of my favorite letters arrived at an ungodly hour of the morning several days before our first date, Oct. 26, 2008. The letter shows just how close we had grown in a short time thanks to being extremely honest and telling each other exactly what we were looking for in a partner. The letter shows the value of Teri's creative visualization and my belief that all the bad in life is eventually balanced out by good.
Thursday, Oct. 23, 6:38 a.m.
My dear Jeff: I have to tell you I so enjoy calling you Sweetheart. It feels so very right. I can't imagine a better man for me. In fact, I feel that I made a wish and you finally came true for me.
You inspire me to be better,
you encourage me to do more,
you challenge me to reach farther ...
to visualize all is possible.
You share my passion for Oregon, nature, painting an image -- no matter in words or photography. You have a wonderful sense of humor ... and somehow you "get" me. I am amazed, as I truly did not think this would ever happen to me ... and out of the blue here you are, here I am. Proves that "Timing is everything" and if you "Change your Attitude" you can "Change Your Life," and this is the best life-altering event I have ever experienced.
I hope you are having a great day. I know we have an awesome future. Please take extra good care of yourself, we have quite an adventure ahead of us.
More later, Sweetheart,