How did we meet?
Naomi: I first saw him at Institute. I thought he was cute and I kept sneaking looks at him all throughout the class. It wasn’t until a few weeks later that we actually met though. My friend asked me to make him feel welcome at church since he had just been baptized. I was pretty nervous, but I made myself do it. And I’m glad I did! I saw him in the hallway talking to other people before church and decided to go stand near him until I figured out what I was going to say and how I was going to say it. I guess I was making him feel awkward or something because after a few minutes he just turns to look at me and says, “hi..” And that’s how we met.
Colin: We met at church. She just sort of stood there until I noticed her- which didn’t take long, because she’s gorgeous!
What was our first date?
Naomi: I ended up getting Colin’s number from my friend’s phone (I wasn’t being creepy I promise. She told me to get it and text him a question for her when he was separated from the group while we were at a church activity). After we got back from the trip which was in Palmer, we texted all day every day for several days. He eventually asked me on a date. We ended up having dinner and going to see a movie. Super original, I know. But he showed up to my door to pick me up with a bouquet of flowers. It was super sweet. We both hated the movie, so we pretty much spent the entire time making fun of it, and as a result started a few inside jokes. Oh, and in case you were wondering, it took him what seemed like forever to hold my hand. I kept putting my arm against his, but he kept scooting away and I didn’t know why. After a while he finally held my hand. 😛
Colin: I once had a friend advise me to go to dinner and a movie- but start with the movie so that you have at least one thing to talk about during the dinner! Not the best advice ever, but we had fun despite the late hour. Dang Marco Scotti
How did you start dating?
Naomi: We had such a good time on our first date (despite the horrible movie), that we decided to go on another date the following night. And the next. I met one of his good friends and we all went shooting together. At this point Colin and I had already been talking about a relationship, and he kept trying to ask me to be his girlfriend the whole day. I kept having to tell him, “no, ask me later.” I mean, he tried to ask me in his friend’s driveway right before we went in to the house! Come on. Haha. But while we were shooting we had built a little fire to keep warm by (since it was March and still snowy out). After a while his friend ended up going home and Colin and I were just standing around the fire. Then he asked me to be his girlfriend.
Colin: It sort of evolved naturally from a wild adventure we had through church. I’d love to tell the story, but that’s one for another time! She got my number from her friend so we could coordinate, since our party had gotten spread out all over Anchorage. I asked her if I could save her phone number, and we started texting fairly regularly. I worked with her dad, asked him if he minded me taking her out, and now we’ve been married for almost two years- kind crazy, right?
How did you fall in love? What made you love him/her?
Naomi: I don’t think there was one single moment that I knew I loved him, it just sort of happened over time. It came naturally. It wasn’t hard to love him when he made me so happy. I just loved who he is. He’s kind, genuine, and compassionate. He’s funny, respectful, thoughtful, and hardworking. I remember wanting to be 100% sure I loved him before saying it to him, and I think being apart right after we started dating while he was deployed helped a lot since we only got to text, talk on the phone, and Skype. After getting to know him really well, I knew I loved him for who he was and not just how it felt to kiss him or hold hands, you know?
Colin: How? We just got to know one another. I think it helped that I was deployed right after we started dating. That gave us two and a half months to get to know one another without hormones or anything getting in the way. Just open, honest communication over an incredible distance. The more I got to know her, the more I fell in love with her. She has a wonderful personality and is very talented, not to mention absolutely beautiful.
How did you know he/she was “the one?”
Naomi: He was just everything I wanted in a husband, and a lot of things I didn’t know I wanted/needed. We’re opposites in a lot of ways but I think we both have different strengths where the other has weaknesses, and vice versa. We make a good team. And I know it’s cliché to say, but I just knew. It just felt right, all the time.
Colin: I think it was when I realized that I didn’t feel like I had to ask anyone for advice about our relationship. Things just fit together so smoothly and nicely, not to mention that the timing she came into my life with was too good to be just a coincidence. We talked, fell in love, and I realized that she was an awesome cook, I fit in with her family and they liked me, and she was easy to spend time with. I could just be myself, and she’s the sanest person I think I’ve ever dated!