Philip and I met online a few days before Valentine’s Day in 2018. Since Valentines Day can be a difficult day, I had planned to take a long run in a state park, escaping into the woods. When Philip discovered my plans, he asked if I’d like to boycott the holiday together? We agreed to meet at a local Japanese steakhouse. I was shocked when he greeted me with a dozen roses and a teddy bear. The restaurant was packed, but I barely noticed, I was captivated by my handsome date. We talked until the restaurant closed, we had such a wonderful time, I later asked, “can we boycott Valentines Day every year?” A special day of our last love story.
Philip and I share our love of nature, our dedication to our families and our faith in Jesus Christ. When sharing about our families I mentioned to Philip my parent’s participation in local living history events as a cooper and a spinner. He told me that he was sure he’d met them before.
I wasn’t convinced he had until he showed me pictures of my dad’s work bench and my mom talking to his mother at a local event almost two years before we met.
Being a little older and wiser, we take our relationship slow. We’ve embraced each other’s families considering them ours… parents, children and grandchildren knowing that relationships include them too. We share the joys and sorrows of walking side by side in this journey. This is our last love story, a love that will last a lifetime. Here’s to building our legacy together.
About the Author: Barbra-Sue Kowalski grew up on a small hobby farm. She was always drawn to farm life, however, she was stuck in an urban life far from her roots. Barbra-Sue was a single mom for 13 years, raising her 3 children on her own. She met Philip in 2018 and they married in 2021. Between the two of them, they have 5 grown children and 4 grandchildren. These empty nesters are following their dreams! As they both turn 50, they are building their off-grid homestead to live the life that they dream about. Learn more about Philip and Barbra-Sue here. Contact them here. To leave a comment on this post, please scroll down.