Steve (New Richmond, Wisconsin) and Ashley (Lake City, Minnesota) met January 1st, 2009 through FarmersOnly.com.
Ashley sent us the sweetest note about how her and Steve started talking and how their relationship progressed - He sent me a message on FarmersOnly.com. He didn't have much for a profile and no pictures. We talked for two weeks on the site and then we exchanged emails and talked for another two weeks. Finally, after a month of talking online, we exchanged phone numbers.... we talked and texted a lot. We lived about an hour and 10 minutes from each other. He lives on his family dairy farm. I was living on my mom and step dad's hog and crop farm.
February 12th, 2009 he showed up at my work, I worked at a convenience store at the time. Mind you I did not know what he looked like and we have been talking for a month and half at this point. You know your customers and regulars very well. I looked up as I was doing inventory counts and I knew it was him. Nervous as one can be to meet this guy. I was in the middle of counts and my shift was almost done... I was doing my best to keep count and talk to him. He said "well, now that you know what I look like would like to go out with me on Valentine's Day?" I said "yes, I would love to go out with you". He got me 24 long stem white and pink roses.
I was so nervous being with him and giving him my all. I had been single a year from a very damaging relationship. Took me a few dates, weeks and months to begin go trust him and see the love he had for me.
First date February 14th, 2009
We moved to the family farm March of 2011
We got engaged November 18th, 2016
Will be getting married October 21st, 2017
We had a simple first date. We ate at Perkins in Red Wing, MN and many more after that.
When did you know that he was the one?
I fell in love with from the inside out. We were together about a month. I lost my uncle unexpectedly. He drove an hour and 10 mom south after milking cows and doing his chores to hug me and say I am sorry for you losing your uncle and I love you so much hun. It was the first time he had said I love you and I knew he meant it. I could see it in his eyes that he loved me.
What is your favorite thing about him?
I love his soul, his love for animals, his corky grin, his love for his family, his love for me, his love for the family, his farm, I could go on. I love how he looks at me and I can see he loves me through and through. I wouldn't trade it for the world.
Congratulations on your love Ashley and Steve! We wish you all the best in the future!