“We were two strangers, meeting for the first time, who already had an emotional bond,” Martin agreed. Michele began to wonder what had happened to Dave. She hadn't seen him in over 35 years, but she managed to find his number and send him a text message.
Dave was still living in Wisconsin, and he was gobsmacked when he received Michele's text. He called her back, and the two talked until the sun came up. Dave had been married three times, and he was the proud father of four biological children (including Martin) and four stepchildren.Soon, Michele and Dave were talking every day, catching up on all the lost time between them. “We had long deep discussions,” Michele said. “We were going through all these serious life topics. We became very close that way.” Not long after they began talking, Dave decided to take a trip with his nephew to visit Michele in Hawaii. Neither of them thought the trip would be romantic, but as soon as they set eyes on one another, that old flame began to rekindle.
“I guess my heart was already halfway there,” she said. “Because the minute I saw him, I just thought to myself, ‘Oh my god.’”
"I could just tell,” Dave agreed. “This is it.”Months later, Michele decided to close the distance between them, literally and figuratively. She moved from Hawaii back to Wisconsin, in part because she needed to be closer to her aging mother, but mostly so she could be with Dave. It wasn't long after that that Dave put a ring on her finger and they made their love official. https://www.instagram.com/p/BnJznEzHGJe/?taken-by=laurenjusticephoto The following August, Michele and Dave got married in a casual backyard ceremony. Their large blended family was all there to shower them with love and blessings, and Dave's grandson played “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts in honor of their meandering journey to true love. But the best part of all— the wedding was officiated by Martin, the long-lost son who brought them together. Share this story to celebrate the broken roads we all travel on this journey of life!
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