Brought together by Match.com...but I'll call it fate, or was it destiny? Or, an act of God?
My name is Haley Granger and I have the best love story ever.
It all started May 31, 2001 when I was online and went to Match.com because a pop up ad for the site had appeared on my screen. I'm not the type of person (I thought) to look for a potential date online, but for some reason, something told me to go for it. A few days before this happened, I saw a shooting star one night and I prayed to God for a best friend and someone to share my life with...someone to help me get over a bad break-up with a first love that had gone stale a few months prior. I was tired of being angry, bitter, and broken-hearted. I believe to this day that God put that match.com pop up ad on my computer screen. I went to the site and filled out my personal profile and used my mom's credit card without asking her(something I would never do normally, but something was tugging at me to do it anyway). I got to the part where you have to say how far do you want to search (ie. miles away), and I had no clue, so I guessed and said no farther that 300 miles. To make a long story short, that same day, I found one guy's profile, Scott Ross, that stood out to me for some reason, so I emailed him and he wrote me back. We emailed back and forth for only two and a half weeks before I asked him to come see me from South Carolina (where he lives) for the weekend (June 22-24, 2001). My parents thought I had lost my mind because they were scared of internet dating. I told them to trust me on this one. I totally trust Scott with anything...even coming over to my house to meet me in person after only talking online for such a short period of time. I had a good feeling about him and I had to trust my gut instinct. I'm sure glad I took a chance.
We were only into our second or third month of dating when he started saving his money for an engagement ring. I knew less than a week after meeting him in person that I was going to marry him. From the very beginning, I felt like I could talk to him about anything and everything. I can be myself around him and have fun doing whatever, even if it's just hanging out at the house with him doing nothing. I feel like I've known him all of my life. I have found my soul mate...my one TRUE love.
Scott is such an amazing person inside and out. He treats me like a queen. I've never felt this way towards anyone before. He always lets me know how beautiful I am, even when I'm not feeling my best physically or emotionally. If I say to him that I'm fat or complain that my face is broke out with zits, he says that I'm still beautiful and tells me that I'm not fat. Actually, he gets mad at me for saying such things...he says it's not true. He makes me feel so good about myself and has given me more confidence than I've ever had in my entire life. I just want to scream it from the roof tops, "I LOVE THIS MAN!!!". Scott is my heaven sent angel and I will love him for ever and ever, until the end of time. Because of him, I walk around with a goofy smile on my face all the time.
Long distance relationships are not easy, but ours has passed the test. It's been 2 and a half years that we've been dating, and our love continues to grow stronger every day. Since he lives in South Carolina, we don't get to see each other very much. I'm so busy with school all the time and practicing my clarinet, that time to actually be in each other's presence is limited. Every time I get a break from school, I go home to Flowery Branch, Ga. and he comes there. Every moment we have together is cherished. I miss him VERY badly, but I know that every day is one day closer to not having to be apart. We talk on the phone a lot and chat on yahoo messenger throughout the day. It's tough, but we won't have to do this for much longer. He just graduated from the University of South Carolina-Aiken with a degree in psychology. I will graduate this May with a music performance degree. After that, we will be together forever-in person! We plan to get married this July, maybe even June.
We just got engaged on my birthday, Jan. 2, 04! It was at home (my mom's house--where we first met in person) in the living room. He had my mom set up the living room while we were at the Cheesecake factory in Atlanta. When we got home, Scott told me to close my eyes as I walked in the door. I was really nervous, because I didn't know what he was up to. That morning I said to myself, I sure hope he proposes today, but I didn't let myself get my hopes up. When I walked in the door and opened my eyes, I saw a trail of red and white rose petals all over the floor, and the fireplace was lit, and candles were lit all over the living room. I started tearing up right then...I felt like I was dreaming. I knew something was about to happen, but it was my birthday...the last thing I was expecting was a marriage proposal on my birthday. All I could say was "oh my gosh, oh my gosh!, what's going on?!" I walked over to the couch and sat down to open my presents. The first present was a three pound block of Hershey's chocolate and on it was written, I LOVE YOU! WILL YOU MARRY ME? I was already crying and in shock from being overwhelmed and confused when I walked in the door, but in that moment, it hit me that this is the moment I've been waiting for for over 2 years...he's actually proposing....finally, after all this time! The tears started flowing even more, and Scott knelt down in front of me next to the couch and said how he was glad he took the chance that day when he came over to meet me. He also said that he found his best friend in the whole world and that he wants to spend to rest of his life with me and he asked me to marry him. He took out the little blue ring box from his pocket and opened it and put the ring on my finger. Of course, I said "YES!", and I wrapped my arms around him, gave him a huge hug, and I was crying like a baby and laughing at the same time. We kissed and embraced for a while. I couldn't believe that it was finally happening. My next present was a musical jewlery box that plays Jim Brickman's "Valentine". That's one of our favorite songs. Inside of it was my charm bracelet with all of the charms on it that he's been collecting since our first Christmas together. Each charm stands for a special event/day throughout our relationship. It's very sentimental.
Scott is a dream come true. I don't know where I'd be without him. Without each other, we'd be lost. We're definately soul mates. He's my best friend, my heart, my soul, my world, my true love. I love him with all my heart and soul and I thank God for him a million times a day for blessing me with him. Not a second goes by that I don't think of him. He's the missing piece of the puzzle in my life. Scott completes me. When we're not together, I'm not myself and I miss him so incredibly bad. He's all I ever think about. The day that we can finally be together instead of 300 miles apart will be the greatest thing. No matter what challenges in life that we have ahead of us, it's comforting to know that we have each other to walk hand in hand, side by side with.