Thursday, July 7, 2011
It was fun to find a familiar face on my doorstep tonight. Daniel and I had met in February at a Valentine’s party. I knew most everyone at the party so when I saw a good-looking guy across the room that I didn’t recognize he instantly caught my attention. I was in conversation with a group of people on one end of the room, and he was on the other. Our eyes met a few times and I wondered how I could get a chance to talk to him. I decided to provide a window by walking into the kitchen to get a glass of water. Daniel jumped at the chance to start a conversation and walked into the kitchen after me. No numbers were exchanged at the time but I felt sure I would see him again.
Over the next few months that I saw Daniel a few more times in group settings, but he never took me on a date. I wondered occasionally what had kept him from taking me out, but once I was announced as the next Mormon Bachelorette the thought drifted to the back of my mind. I assumed that most of my bachelors would be guys that I didn’t know – if I knew them then I figured they would have already asked me out by now if they were interested. But it seems that Daniel had just strongly begun considering taking me out right when I was announced. So, he decided to put his name in the running and applied for a date!
Daniel had lined up a very nice evening for us. We were headed out to Ahwatukee, a really nice part of the Phoenix Valley, to a home of a Bishopric member. The home is set at the highest elevation in the valley, and has only one other home that shares the street. It was absolutely stunning! We were treated to a beautiful Arizona sunset before we went inside to start dinner.
We were fortunate to have a big, wonderful kitchen to work in, but without the home owners around to show us where utensils and pans were, we had a bit of an adventure locating the items we needed. Eventually we found everything and made a mean spaghetti and fabulous salad. I was impressed with the thought Daniel had put into the meal – simple yet effective additions to a classic dinner. I always enjoy working on projects with the guys I date, so I had fun making the meal together. Daniel was laid back and gave me space to work on my parts of the meal while he worked on his, but was still ever present to help when needed. I liked it. And good thing that we agreed on liking our pasta a little more cooked than al dente:).
Once we had set out the completed meal, we enjoyed a pleasant conversation. Daniel is very intelligent and very well read, so it’s always interesting to learn from him through our discussions. Because I’ve been around Daniel before, I have a bit more insight into his experiences in dating than I’ve had with most of my bachelors. I think that Daniel truly knows what love is, and knows how to love, in a pure way. I have no doubt that he’ll be a great husband and father, who will look after the special people in his life. I kept thinking that maybe I could be that lucky girl someday. What an extremely attractive quality! And props to Daniel for helping with the dishes.
After dinner I was treated to a Drumstick ice cream cone out on the porch. It was such a perfect evening outside! A bit on the warm side, but with some ice cream and a good companion, it was excellent. Daniel had planned for us to play a game after dessert, but it was getting late so we opted to head home. I appreciated him being sensitive to the fact that I was already going off of small amounts of sleep and would benefit from getting home at a decent hour.
Daniel is somewhat opposite of me in several ways, with his calm, easy going nature. He’s very even keeled and I can tell that it would take a lot to rock his boat. At the same time, he’s driven in his schooling and future career in law. I would describe Daniel as having quite confidence, or subtle strength. He’s incredibly sincere and you wouldn’t ever have to question his motives. I felt very lucky to have been able to spend an evening with Daniel (finally!).
Thanks to the Petersen’s for being so kind to share their gorgeous home for our date! I had the privilege of meeting them at the end of the night and they were so wonderful – very personable and incredibly giving. I hope that when I’m in their stage of life I can be just a deeply in love as they are, and always giving back to others like they do.
Posted by The Mormon Bachelorette at 5:29 PM