Once Upon a Time…

By: Colleen

Once upon a time…there was a little girl who grew up barefoot among the hills of Western Wisconsin.

baby colleen

And, 1000 miles away, there was a little blond boy, growing up near the bustling metropolis of Washington, D. C.

baby joe

The little girl and the little boy grew up, each growing taller and taller by the year. By high school, they each thought they were pretty cool…

cool Joe Cool

But, mostly, they loved to laugh and smile.

chris and colleen Joe

The boy was named Joe, and he liked bow ties.

Joe bowtie

And the little girl? Well, her name is Colleen, and she liked wearing pretty dresses.


Joe and Colleen both liked to run.

Joe running tracksenior year

And when it came time to choose a college, the Midwestern girl and the East Coast boy both looked to the South…


Freshman year of college came and went. Joe played chess.

beels and beatty

And Colleen studied and went to dances.


He played Frisbee.


And she just kept on running.


And on one fateful autumn night of their sophomore year, Colleen took Joe’s hand and taught him to polka. And he didn’t let go. They danced the night away. They suddenly realized that they happened to like each other…

Time passed, and there were symphonies to be seen.


And soon, without really realizing it, this boy and girl had become a part of each other’s lives.

He made her laugh. And she really loved to laugh.


And so when he pulled out a ring and asked her to be his wife, heart beating fast up on top of the Blue Ridge Mountains, she said yes.


“June is a beautiful time of year for love,” they thought. And so, the next June, they were married, the ridge girl and the adventurous city boy.


They left Wisconsin in a tiny black car, piled high and higher with love and wedding gifts, to start their life together in the big city.

She’s a teacher now, and he’s the most charming accountant you’ll ever meet. And their story is far from over, despite her lack of blogging on the subject.

This Saturday marks the third anniversary since Joe turned Colleen’s claddagh ring out under the big Texas sky, and what better way to celebrate than to return to the place where it all began? Tomorrow we board the plane Dallas, and I am so thankful to have this man by my side.


1 thought on “Once Upon a Time…

  1. Pam

    Honest to goodness, Colleen. It is way too early in the morning for you to make me all weepy. This is so sweet … just like you!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s