Our Love Story: Part 11

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.


I shut the door,
turned out the light and rushed to my room to read the journal note Ben had left me.
I knew I couldn’t wait another moment without reading his words.

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Even though they weren’t a declaration of love,
something about his words gave me peace.
And I slept that night.
For the first time since the Wyoming boy
arrived in my California world.


chapter 12 coming VERY soon, I promise (and it will be longer).

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    June 24, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Okay, so we all know this is super sweet and you are evil for giving us a super short tease this way, but can I just say what we are all thinking…. That man has awesome handwriting! haha!

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    June 24, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Oh and that spanish bit? *sigh* I’m a total sucker for being wooed in another language. But who isn’t? 😉

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    June 24, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    AHHH! I hadn’t read any of the love story until today and just read ALL the chapters in one sitting. Now I’m going to be eagerly awaiting all the following chapters! You’re such a good writer and I love how you remember all the sweet details of this story! 🙂

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    June 24, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    What a beautiful and sweet note! You guys have a very sweet love story, please don’t take too long with chapter 12. 🙂

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    June 24, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Aww! Love this Ashley!! I love that you are sharing it with us but really how incredibly special to have this written down for your children to read someday!!

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    June 24, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    I just found your blog for the first time a couple months ago and read all of your Love Story posts that night. I immediately signed up for e-mail updates mostly because I didn’t want to miss the next chapter. With every Little Miss Momma e-mail since, I’ve been hoping to see “Chapter 11” appear in my inbox. I gasped (like an actual, auditory gasp) when I saw the title of this post. Can’t wait for the rest of the story. I think it should be made into a book, or a movie… or a Taylor Swift song. 🙂

    Anyway, I have since come to read much more of your blog and now follow you on Pinterest, fb, etc. – and bookmarked you as one of my “daily reads.” This quickly became one of my all time favorite sites. I hope this doesn’t sound too over-the-top, but I’m not exaggerating when I say you have inspired me to want to be a better wife and mom. It’s an admirable thing to share your heart so publicly- and not just anyone could express themselves so well.

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      June 24, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      I completely agree with Tanya and the other previous posts! I’ve been waiting to read part 11 and am so excited to continue on reading about your love story. This would definitely make a great book or movie… You two have the type of love story many girls hope for!

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    Irlanda Ruiseco
    June 24, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Ok… ok…breathe Irlanda. Like Tanya previously commented I (and all my friends) became your fans immediately. We’ve been waiting for part 11 for months now and I know it’s the sweetest story ever we are a little disappointed with how short the post was!! I mean, Ashley, you are addictive and we would all appreciate if you write a little more. We will forgive you this time, but please don’t let this happen again (:

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    June 25, 2013 at 8:01 am

    your love story part 10 had me begging for more , dying to find out what happened …. so desperate in fact that I started writing my own !
    thankyou for sharing your story and thankyou for helping me to share my own epic love !

    “Free Range Mumma ” x inspired 🙂

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    June 26, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    It’s so cute that he wrote those kind words in Spanish. I love when people use my language, and even more if it is for such a lovely purpose

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    July 4, 2013 at 2:16 am

    Ahhh I need more!!! I was waiting to read this until I had time and it was so short LOL. I do forgive you though 🙂
    And whats I also have to mention is YES he DOES have amazing handwriting :)!

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      July 5, 2013 at 6:17 pm

      Lol I realized 5 seconds after I wrote this comment that It was up 🙂

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    March 22, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    What a cute love story

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