When I first met Karen she was about 1 year out of an abusive marriage with 2 small children that were 2 and 4 years old.
I was single, about 26 and had a great job and my own home and the last thing I thought I'd do is meet someone with kids and fall in love.
How wrong was I.
We actually met over the internet from an ad placed on Prodigy, which was big right before AOL came out.
After several emails we started to feel comfortable with each other enough to exchange phone numbers. It was amazing, I didn't know it was possible to talk on the phone as long as we did. There were nights that we talked for 7 or 8 hours and we even fell asleep a few times very early in the morning with our phones still in our hands.
I truly believe I was in love with her before we ever physically met.
We had problems with her ex husband, threatening her and me to, so that took a little out of the beginning of our relationship but we didn't care, life seemed pretty good.
A few months later Karen and the kids moved in with me and we were expecting a child together.
On Christmas day I asked the two kids to help me with this.
I gave them the ring and had them ask Karen to marry me so we could be a family together, and I think she was pretty blown away.
We have now been together for 17 years with 4 kids.