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Share Your Love Story, Win a Dinner for Two

Everyone's got a story about how they met. Share it with us and you could be a winner this Valentine's Day!

Campbell Patch wants to hear your lovebird stories. Tell us about the one you love and what you love about them. Where did you first meet and where do you love to go now? 

Not only will you get a chance to share your story, but you may end up winning a dinner for two!

This giveaway is open to legal residents who are 18 and older. To enter, tell us your love story in the comments section below. 

All entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14. You may enter one time only.

Vice Mayor Evan Low is the official judge and will be reading all of the entries and choosing a winner.  for complete Official Rules.

Walt Landers February 10, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Having hiked up a small wooded hillside and into a meadow, I sat down on a handy log to adjust my socks. I had pulled off my boot and was smoothing my thick wool socks, when I saw a really pretty lass across the meadow, gently leaning over and picking little flowers to put in a basket. She was dressed, not in outdoor gear, but in a simple but attractive full length dress with a pinafore front and soft billowy sleeves. She must live around here, I thought. “Hello!” I called out, smiling and waving. She looked up with an expression of surprise and stood for a quick moment, her delicate white hand came up as though to wave, but then she quickly moved into the pine trees and bushes and disappeared into the dark. Well, I’m sorry I frightened her, I said to myself, frowning. I wonder who she is? I pulled on my boot and continued my hike. One of my quests for the day was to encounter the waterfall. As one picks his way though the trees, the wonderful roar of falling water can be heard. Today, the mist of the falls held a gleaming rainbow. I found my boulder to sit upon and for a while watched the white suds of water find its way over the variety of rocks and hanging tree roots and making never-ending circles in the small lake below. . I wasn’t sure, but I thought I saw the young girl with the dark hair on the other side just as sunlight captured her face for a moment looking my way. But then, just as suddenly, she was gone again.
Bethany Curran February 10, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Does it count if we already told our story here? : http://campbell.patch.com/articles/how-did-you-meet-your-partner
Kat Marin February 10, 2012 at 05:59 PM
John and I met when we were just 17, we had one of those love at first sight type of loves. Our relationship was quite a whirlwind romance, he was the bad boy I was the rebellious good girl. Things happened and we went our separate ways, but life being what it is we were still in connected through friends, so we were never far from each other’s minds. Seven year later in 1996 we reunited and tried to give it a second try, but I had a very young daughter and he just wasn't ready for a "ready-made" family. Time passed but John was never out of my heart, I always wondered about him and how he was and if he was happy. Then about 3 years ago out of the blue he contacted me through a mutual acquaintance and we started talking. Then after talking for almost 3 hours on Halloween the conversation became more serious and feelings were discussed. We both admitted that we had never stopped loving each other and we wanted to give it one more try. Well the third time is a charm, with years of maturity under our belts we have been hopelessly in love since that day. We are now engaged and he lives with me and my 2 children, who he loves as if they were his own.
Mayra Flores de Marcotte February 10, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Bethany, just copy and paste your story in the comments here!
David and Darlene Steele February 10, 2012 at 07:42 PM
After two divorces and other relationship failures I was 50 years old and close to giving up hope that I could find lasting love, Then, in December of 2007, I received a match online that proved to be my soul mate. Darlene’s profile was pretty ordinary, but there was something unexplainable about her that excited me and compelled me to contact her. Our first two meetings were very positive, but routine as first dates go… coffee, then lunch, but something powerful was drawing me to her that I didn’t understand. Then, after our third meeting we hugged goodbye and it was all over for me. I was in love. I had insomnia that night and couldn’t sleep the next night as well. We had arranged to get together later that week on Sunday, and Darlene contacted me to find out if I could get together on Saturday as she didn’t want to wait until Sunday. So she was feeling it too! Our chemistry, emotional and spiritual connection was so overwhelming it was wonderful and almost too much to bear. We’ve been inseparable ever since, and 6 weeks later we went to Carmel for the weekend, found a beautiful ring, and got engaged. Our wedding date was September 27, 2008. I’m happier than I’ve ever been in my life. My kids love her, her family likes me, the fit all around is like we were meant to be together. We are true Soul Mates in every sense of the word. I yearned to find her for many years, knew she was out there, and now I feel like I am “home.” --David Steele
Bethany Curran February 10, 2012 at 11:04 PM
I met my husband while I was hosting open mic nights at The Kings Head Pub in Campbell. He is a drummer and came in to play. When he signed up on the list we talked a bit and I thought he was cute and funny. We became good friends over that summer but didn't start dating until the winter. He proposed on Valentine's Day soon after. Well, 4 years and 2 kids later, here we are. We still love going to local live music events together and still have a lot of the same open mic friends. We miss the old Kings Head, but with 2 little ones we don't hang out in bars much anymore anyway ;)
Bethany Curran February 10, 2012 at 11:06 PM
What a beautifully sweet story, David :)
Nicole Salacain February 11, 2012 at 09:37 PM
To be honest our story is kind of embarrassing but everyone seems to love it. When I was 12 I played games online (before there was really internet, there was the Imagination Network...I think that's what it was called) and my husband and I used to play games online together (he was 14). We started writing letters to each other (snail mail my friends...I didn't have internet in my house until I was 15) and we continued via email once we got internet and remained friends throughout the years (he living in New York and I in California). We lost touch a bit my first two years of college but reconnected when I received an email from him. We have always been friends but the summer between junior and senior year of college I spent the summer in Boston with my best friend and decided to pay him a visit in New York...a little romance blossomed, a 2 1/2 year long distance relationship and now 10 years later we've been married for 5 years and have 2 beautiful babies together! I am now 30 and I've known my husband for almost 18 years and I learn more and more about him every day!
Rachael Ustorf February 13, 2012 at 05:16 PM
I met my husband on Myspace in July of 2007. The first time I saw his profile I knew I had to meet him. Our first "real time" conversation was on IM, (I found out later that he created an account just to talk to me). We spoke for 10 minutes before I gave him my phone number. He called immediately and we ended up talking until 3:00 in the morning. It was on that phone call that we first exchanged, "I love you"s. Three long days later we met in person. I recognized him from down the street by his walk. The minute our hands touched I felt that I had known him all my life; Like we had been old friends from a very young age, and he'd been away for the past 20 years. It was one of the most amazing feelings I've ever experienced. Two weeks later, on a trip to meet his family in Rhode Island, he proposed to me with his late mother's engagement ring. I moved in with him in August, and we were married on Christmas Eve 2007. We moved from NY to CA in January 2008, we learned we were expecting a baby in March and our beautiful daughter was born in November. Four years later we're still going strong. The funniest thing to me about the way we met, is that we worked within 3 blocks of each other and got off at the same subway stop for years, but we never would have met if it wasn't for Myspace. And, although we drive each other crazy sometimes (think Lucy & Ricky), I love him like no other and couldn't imagine my life without him.
David and Darlene Steele February 13, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Awww... beautiful and inspiring story Rachael!
Lydia Habr February 13, 2012 at 07:05 PM
I came to CA from Seattle for a Thanksgiving visit with my uncle & his family when I was 18. He & my mom had only reconnected with each other a year before as they had been separated as young children. The following Thanksgiving they sent me a ticket to come to CA. I was so excited as I had never been out of the state of WA, nor had I ever flown in a plane. Little did I know how much my life was about to change! Upon arriving in SJ, we went to the business they owned. As I was being introduced to everyone, I had the feeling I was being watched. I turned around to find a guy in greasy mechanics clothes, slumped in a chair, peeking at me over the top of a parts book. Turns out he was my aunt's oldest son from her first marriage. He was 23 & living on his own. He ran the shop for the business, thus the greasy clothes. He came to their house for dinner that night and pretty much never left after that. We got to know each other over the days leading up to Thanksgiving, and it turned out he had a picture of me in his car that my uncle had shown him prior to my arrival & he had kept. We were inseparable during the week after the holiday. Cooking a spaghetti dinner together for the family my last night there, he handed me a note asking me to marry him! I was stunned, but I knew we were meant to be together. We were married 2 months later & we still love to cook together. We have been blessed with 3 wonderful children, & 3 grandsons & celebrated 37 years of marriage last month!
tiaira February 14, 2012 at 12:19 AM
we met in Stockton ca i was a new student a our high school i had seen him a few times and we never we talked... one day when the bell was ringing to let us out of school i walked up to him and asked him how come we never talk.. from that day on it was constant flirting.... he was Ina group home and i was living with my foster mother... he made me feel beautiful every time he would talk to then on October 3 2008 we had a school field trip we went to delta collage we would sit next to each other and hold hands i asked him if that meant we were together he said maybe and then smiled and said yes... i will never forget that... a few months later he got released from his group home and moved back to San Leandro ca... two months later and i mover in with him the night i moved in with him he asked me to marry him the date was 12.3.08 i said yes... we had our first baby on august Th 2009 a year later we had our second baby on august Th 2010 and we just had our third baby September 25 Th 2011... we are still very much in love we have a romantic dinner every 3rd of the month he is my prince and my soul mate i love him more than words can explain.... there is no one like him we planned our wedding for later this year on October 3rd... i love him and our little family more than words can explain... our love is special and unique... our love is ever lasting and real..
Sinead Mc Donnell Borgersen February 14, 2012 at 06:44 AM
I'm from Ireland,he is from North Carolina. We met through OKCupid we were both in Campbell, only 2 miles away from each other but never would have met. We met for our first blind date at Katie Blooms in Campbell and he arranged for a Tuesday night in case it wasn't a good date, something I still tease him on. We ended up talking to 2am, closing the bar with the staff and we became engaged 11 months later on top of mount Hamilton at music of the spheres. (He was actually going to propose earlier that week but I had swallowed a piece of yogurt carton & ended up in ER him holding my head and me, none the wiser that he had his grandmothers wedding band in his pocket ready to propose). We got married in Ireland with a Viking tower in the background. We were married in the new church (400 years old) and 48 friends came over from the states for the wedding. Which shows you that its always good to get married later in your 30's as your friends can come as a destination wedding. Being the geeks we are, we went from here to Ireland, back to here for one night and then over to New Zealand for our honeymoon for Lord of The Rings tours. Thats 6 years ago now in March and we have two beautiful wee boys and we love to still bring the boys to the music in the park series, and the farmers market. For valentines day we will be heading to Katies though where we first met and having a pint, but not staying to 2am any more. We dont need to now that we have each other.
Ginger Molloy February 14, 2012 at 03:05 PM
When Dave and I met online 10 years ago, he was living in the UK. We chatted online or via email for about 2 weeks when we decided to talk on the phone…and I think we both knew that nothing would ever be the same. We dated via email, mail and telephone for about 5 months when we talked about him moving here and getting married. He even sent me a pre-engagement proposal and ring to wear until he got here and could do it properly! I was so sure that he was the right guy I even bought my wedding gown just shortly before he arrived here in the states that November. I should have been nervous, waiting for him to arrive at SFO, since this would be the first time we’d be meeting face to face, but the moment I saw him I felt like he was home. It was as though we’d been together forever and he was just coming home from a business trip. We spent a few weeks getting to know each other, and on Christmas Eve, 2002 Dave surprised me with an official proposal and a beautiful ring! On March 29, 2003 twenty of our closest friends and family joined us at the Excalibur Hotel in Las Vegas as we exchanged vows and become Husband and Wife. It was a beautiful ceremony and we celebrated with a dinner at the Tournament of Kings and a luau reception 6 months later. We were right in the first couple of weeks… nothing has ever been the same, and 10 years later we’re still going strong.
Summer Imamura February 15, 2012 at 12:06 AM
My husband and I met working together at Great America. I was 16 dancing in one of the shows and he was 18 hosting the Nickelodeon show. I had a major crush and pursued him. After a month of dating we became official girlfriend and boyfriend. After a couple of years, I decided to move to Los Angeles and follow my dream of becoming a professional dancer. We stayed together but about two years a later I gave him an ultimatum. He either had to move to LA to follow his dream of playing the drums or it was over. It was obviously meant to be when he moved in with me and we married each other a few months later at the Orange County courthouse. We have been through so much together as a married couple. It was the best decision for him to move to LA since he has been drumming professionally in shows ever since, but we have been apart a good amount of the time. We also had scares of not being able to make rent.Throughout our marriage we have probably been apart for two years total. After living in LA for five years we moved back to the Bay Area so I could finish school. Now we can still be seen dancing and drumming throughout the Bay Area at the Sabercats games or local music venues.
Mayra Flores de Marcotte February 15, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Thank you to everyone that submitted their story! It was a pleasure reading them all. Please email me a photo of you and your loved one to be used this weekend as we feature all of your stories! Email: mayra.marcotte@patch.com.

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