Our Love Story: Part 3



Here’s the thing about this love story of ours. It’s long. And drawn out. And mushy gushy. And even a bit cheesy. But it’s true. And I’ve decided to take my time writing it, capturing all the special details of those moments I never want to forget. So if mushy-gushy, cheesy love stories aren’t your thing, I totally get that.  Just know that I’m writing this as a gift—to my family, and my children, and their children—and also, for Ben and me—so that on those days when the kids are screaming, the laundry is overflowing and the bills are rolling in…on those days when it all just seems so hard, we’ll have this to remind us of those first moments when we fell in love. And if sappy, detail ridden love stories are your thing, well then you’ve come to the right place. All previous chapters can be found here.


Just like our sack lunch “date”, our kicking the soccer ball “date” ended with me lingering a bit too long in hopes that he would ask me out on a real date.
And again, it didn’t happen.

He juggled the ball a few times and then passed it over to me.
We continued on like this with casual conversation in between passes for about 15 minutes.

Ben: You know, you’re not half bad.
Me: Thanks, I think. You’re not half bad yourself.

I passed the ball back. Harder this time.

Me: Sooo…what do you normally do when you get off from camp?
Ben: Usually just hang out with my brother and his wife.

He paused for a few seconds.

Ben: Listen, this was fun. But I should really be getting back. I’m sure my brother is looking for me.

He wasn’t taking my bait.

Me: Yeah, I should get back too. Thanks for going easy on me.

He smiled, then used the top of his foot to flip up the soccer ball.
He caught it in his left hand and held the door open for me with his right.
I tried not to look impressed.

I accidentally brushed his shoulder as I walked by him to go inside.
Again, my heart hit the floor. That was the first time we had touched.
And even though it was only for the briefest of seconds,
it was long enough to know that I was in trouble.
He was playing it cool…and I was already smitten.










Friday (6 days left):

I woke up 30 minutes earlier than usual Friday morning.
I got dressed, made my morning hot chocolate {I was on a diet Swiss Miss kick},
and stopped to take a look in the closet mirror on my way out.

This is a big day Ashley.

This was it.
My last chance to get him to ask me out.
I wasn’t working over the weekend,
which meant we would go two whole days without seeing each other before Monday.
Two whole days without tummy fluttering eye contact.
Two whole days without finding an excuse to work in the same room as him.
Two whole days I didn’t want to spend wondering if he was actually interested in me.
And then, at then end of next week, he would be gone–probably forever.

I was on a mission.


I had never “dated” before.
Sure, I had boyfriends–and we even went on dates.
But they were already my “boyfriend” when we went on those dates.

So I didn’t really know what to expect from an official date with someone who wasn’t already a part of my life. I wanted that first date experience, and I wanted it to be with him.

I wanted to be the girl who tried on 50 outfits until I found the one that was just right.
I wanted to feel the anxious anticipation of his knock at my door.
I wanted to give a shy thank you when he opened my car door.
I wanted to agonize about ordering the least messy meal on the menu.
I wanted to ask about his hopes, his dreams, his fondest childhood memories.
I wanted to feel that moment when we both knew the conversation was leading to the first kiss…
And we would both lean in, wondering if the moment would be awkward or perfect–both of us hoping for perfect.

I wanted to feel that moment.


I wish I could give you some story about how we spent the whole day stealing glances at one another from across the gym. Tell you that we shared another priceless conversation over a shared sack lunch–that we kicked the ball around intermingled with passive flirting.

But the reality is, Ben spent most of the day running errands outside of the gym while I was bogged down with end-of-the-week clean up duty. The day wasn’t going as glamorously as I had played out in my mind the night before.

So there I was, at the end of my shift.
Camp was over. The coaches were wrapping everything up, getting ready to head out.
I had conveniently placed myself on cleaning duty at the main exit of the building–that way our paths would surely cross one more time.

From the corner of my eye I watched him throw his backpack over his shoulder, shake a coaches hand and wave goodbye to the rest of the staff. Then he turned and walked out of a back exit I didn’t even think he knew existed.

My heart sank.
He was gone.
Woah, I guess that’s it.

A million thoughts began to race through my head as I mindlessly vacuumed the same spot over and over again. But mostly those thoughts could be summed up in five words:
I’m an idiot. Lesson learned.

I kept vacuuming. Staring off into the distance.
Is that a lump in your throat Ashley? Are you holding back tears?
Oh no, don’t do this. No boys, remember.

I shook it off, broke my vacant gaze into the oblivion and took a deep breath.
All right, back to real life.
Look’s like this won’t be your “Summer Love” after all.

And then, sure enough, with timing that could only be described as “cinematic”,
he came in through the front entrance of the building and stopped just a few feet short of the spot I was vacuuming. He had walked the perimeter of the building to make his grand entrance.

I turned off the vacuum and stood there–speechless.

He smiled. I melted.
But I was noticing that the confidence he had shown in the days before wasn’t quite the same in this moment.

Ben: So as you know, I’m only here for a few more days…but I was, uh, I was  thinking maybe you would want to hang out some more. You know, outside of work.


He kicked at an invisible speck on the ground and held tight to both backpack straps that were over his shoulders.

Ben: Maybe we could, uh, go out. Ya know, to like “putt putt” or something.

This time he was the nervous one.
And his nervousness was my answer.
He liked me too.

Me: Yeah…I would like that.
Then I gave him my half smile with a slight head tilt–it was my signature flirt “move”.

And in the next moment,
I was writing my phone number down on a napkin for a cute boy for the very first and very last time in my life.


Part 4 coming soon–and it will have pictures.
Sorry this is dragging out–but that’s how I think I’m going to keep writing this…with all the details.
Because this is as much for me and you as it is for Lil W and our future kiddos. This is their story too.
And I want them to know all the details, all the reasons this love is real.

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    November 10, 2011 at 8:22 am

    i love this!! it gives me hope that there is someone for everyone and we can meet at the strangest places… congrats on finding your mr right 🙂

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    Jodi Hall
    November 10, 2011 at 8:52 am

    aw such a great story.. 🙂 i love hearing stories like this.

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    Michelle Parrott
    November 10, 2011 at 10:36 am

    it’s beautiful 🙂 and not dragged out at all! it’s gives us such a vivid picture 🙂

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    steph paul
    November 10, 2011 at 11:44 am

    I love these stories….. I love hearing your love story unfold. Especially at 6:30 am with coffee in hand waiting for my lil munchkins to wake up! This brightens my day! Thanks:)

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    November 10, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    I love that you are writing this out slowly! Such a great story. 🙂

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    Katie @ My Darling Days
    November 10, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    You, darling… you need to write a novel. I can’t believeeeee the detail you remember. I thought I did a half way decent job at remembering, but after reading yours, I’m down right embarrassed! haha.. Check it out if ya feel like it:

    I can’t wait until part 4 comes out!!

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    danyiel Johnson
    November 10, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    So sweet. I love it and I love how it reminds of how I felt during the very beginning of my own love story.

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    Lindsay Lee
    November 10, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I love that you will be able to share this with Wes one day! You guys are a story book…seriously!

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    November 10, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I LOVE this! I get so excited when I see that you wrote a new one. Oh how exciting (and frustrating) it must have been. I love the beginning when it is all butterflies and googly eyes!

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    Jennifer March
    November 10, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    When I saw that this was posted I said, “yay!!”
    I absolutely love your story, and the way you write it- I can feel all the nervousness and tension through the details that you write. 🙂

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    November 10, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Aww this is so sweet…I can’t wait for the next part, just as I waited for this one.
    I’ve been reading your blog for quite some time but for some reason I never left comments.
    But I really love your posts…you inspire me in so many ways…you changed my view on so many things…and reading your love story gives me hope…actually it makes me certain that there is somebody special for everyone of us…even for me…because for a while there I had lost that hope. 🙂
    Anyway I just wanted you to know that you make a big difference for many people…I know you do for me…your little family…I think: ‘I want to have a family like that one day’. Or ‘I want to have that kind of patience with my kids, and show them that kind of love as Ashley does’. Or ‘I want to be like her…kind, loving, open to other people…’
    Thank you for being you…and thank you for sharing that with us.

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    November 10, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Awww so sweet! It really was cinematic the way he came back in the doors! I love the ‘seduce you with my awkwardness’ pin LOL! Thanks for sharing your love story! <3 I am going to blog about mine some day. :o)

    For Love of Cupcakes

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    November 10, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    How sweet and romantic!

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    November 10, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    I love reading your love story. It could drag on for a year. I look forward to them. 🙂 I think when you are done or done with “chapter 1”, your hubby needs to write his own version. What was he thinking or doing or feeling at the time. 😉 That would be interesting.

    Brandy @ Brandy Designs

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    November 10, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    I love how you mention this is for your kid(s) too. Such a good point. I think we need to document things like this so kids can see love and know what it is. Great posts 🙂

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    November 10, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    You had me at “Part 3”! This is definitely motivation for me to write our story for our kids. Thanks for letting us share your life!!!

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    November 10, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    This story is adorable! Thanks for sharing it.

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    November 10, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Oh my gosh, am I crying?!
    Yep, I am.
    This story is just so sweet and brings back so many memories of my own love story.
    Ahhh, I just love your life!


    p.s. Did you see my link to you in my latest blog post?

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    November 10, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Ashely I LOVE your story! I know this is pretty much like a book, but you should really write a life book and put it in stores ..I would so read it! What a great thing, documenting every little detail..what a great legacy your leaving for your kids! Thanks for sharing, and im really thinking about doing something like this..! Cant wait till part 3!

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    November 10, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    great love stories are worth writing, remembering, savoring and re living again and again. can’t wait to hear more.

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    Melanie Cantelmo
    November 10, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I love this story, I keep getting excited to hear what happens next! xox

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    Mindy H.
    November 10, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    oh my goodness, your details almost made me cry! in my cube! I wish my story were as romantic ha, maybe I’ll do this one day, like you said, for the kids. And that seduce you with my awkwardness quote totally had me laughing!

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    November 10, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    You have such a lovely story, thank you so much for sharing it! I can’t wait for the next installment. The details are really great!

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    November 10, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I did something similar 2 Valentine Days ago. I loved hearing stories of how my parents and grandparents met and putting it on paper is the perfect way to let future generations keep the story alive.

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    November 10, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    He wanted to “putt putt”? That is such a guy thing to say! Nice.

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    November 10, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    I am so loving this!

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    karla @ bluegrass jewelry designs
    November 10, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    i love the “i don’t have to flirt, i will seduce you with my awkwardness”. : )

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    November 10, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Your details are what makes the story so great! I think we are all going to be sad when you write the last installment.

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    November 10, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    I-love-your-love story! Thx for Sharing.

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    Caroline S.
    November 10, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    I’m loving reading this! Can’t wait for the other part! =]

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    November 10, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    This is such a great story you should make it into a book =) I love every detail, because I’m imagining everything in my head. Hope you have a great weekend!

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    November 10, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    I love reading these posts! I wish so badly that I can remember the details of Lennie and my meeting for the first time…{sad face} My babies ate my brain!

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    November 10, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    This literally makes me smile and cry at the same time. Also, I get the butterflies right along with you. AND the very best part? It makes me think back through my own story. I MUST WRITE IT.

    Thank you for sharing friend. I’m in love with your love story.

    Xo. Tara

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    November 10, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    I LOVE reading your story! Can not wait for the next part!! 🙂

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    November 10, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    I nearly squealed when I saw this next part! Cant wait for part 4!!!

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    November 10, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    I love your blog 🙂 So glad I found it and I can’t wait to read more!!!

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    November 10, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    AWW! I can’t wait for part 4!!!!
    I am so excited.

    Just Better Together

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    November 10, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    This is such a wonderful love story! Your children will really appreciate this one day 🙂
    I just started following your blog and I wanted to thank you for being so honest in your posts.
    Your blog is beautiful, emotional, and inspiring. We need more people in the world like you.

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    November 10, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Aww!!! This is the cutest thing I’ve ever read. I can’t wait to hear what happens next. You better hurry and start working on part four, girl!

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    November 10, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    FINALLY!!!!!!! Ive been waiting days to read the rest. 🙂

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    November 11, 2011 at 3:04 am

    i love this!! its not dragging on at all… be detailed!! you are right, it will be amazing for your kids to read one day years from now… my grandmother {who has now passed away} kept a journal from when she was about my age and it was SO neat for me to read. i want to write my story with my hubs for our children to read one day too, thanks for the inspiration! and looking forward to reading your next chapter!!

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    Erika Thompson
    November 11, 2011 at 4:18 am

    I LOVE IT! haha tooo cute. Cant wait for the rest.

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    November 11, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    You drew me right in and kept me there until the last drop.

    Renee 🙂

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    November 11, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    I LOVE that you’re dragging it out. Love stories are the best type.

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    November 11, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    I so look forward to reading these. I find myself thinking what happens, do they end up together?! hahaha! then i think ok, duh they do but, i cant wait to read the rest!

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    Make and Do Girl
    November 11, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Omg. That “awkwardness” quote is the funniest thing ever. Love it. Just repinned.

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    November 12, 2011 at 3:22 am

    I stumbled upon your blog a few months ago when I googled how to make cake-pops and your site came up. I’ve been following your blog ever since!

    I love reading about your love story and can’t wait for part 4!

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    Heidi Ferguson
    November 12, 2011 at 5:35 am

    This is probably going to sound weird but last night I was reading your Love Story and I just got this impression that you are intended to do big things in the blogger world. I’m sure you will write at least one book, if not many, someday because you have so many experiences and thoughts that have created the person you are today. I hope that someday you and I can meet in person…I admire you so much! And I love that I met Nina through you, she has been a great blogging buddy too!

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    November 12, 2011 at 7:46 am

    I am in love with reading your love story! I wish I had such an awesome story as to how me and my lover met. I can’t wait to hear the rest of it!!

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    Auntie Bubbie
    November 13, 2011 at 7:09 am

    Love reading about this very special time in your lives and so too will your kids!
    Love you soooooooo much

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    November 14, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    I Love this! It reads like a novel and keeps me coming back for more. I love the idea of writing down your story with all of the details. It has me inspired to write my own. Can’t wait for the next part.

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    November 15, 2011 at 12:15 am

    Ok, you’re like, the cutest thing in the world. I want to be you someday… mmmkay?

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    Aleisha McD
    November 15, 2011 at 7:11 am

    I keep reading these and I keep waiting on pins and needles, hoping everything works out…and then I remind myself…Oh Wait! It WORKED OUT! You got married. You have a baby. DUH!!!!!!! Then, I breathe a sigh of relief!

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    Meg White
    November 15, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    I look forward to your posts daily, especially your love story. It’s like reading a novel that I can’t get enough of. Both of you are adorable together, as is Baby W. I’m not a mom yet and I just cannot get enough of your blog- it is a blog for every woman, no matter what chapter of their life they are in! 🙂 Thank you!

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    Andrea Levesque
    November 20, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Loving your love story! Can’t wait for the next installment! 🙂

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    June 4, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    I just have to tell you this is THE cutest thing i’ve ever read. You’ve inspired me to write out my love story!

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    April 2, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    awww! and putt putt wins again! I love putt putt dates!

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