Happy my favorite holiday day.
All the hearts, all the sparkles, all the pink.

I want to tell you a story.

Last Valentine’s Day, I went on a drive with the boy I was dating. We talked about a bunch of stuff, I’m guessing. We were in the car for HOURS. But of the many things we talked about in the car, there was only one conversation I remember very clearly.

This guy he knew, Justen, had followed me on Twitter and I had followed him back. So I asked about this guy. There seemed to be some sort of weird drama and I remember saying “oh, I’ll just unfollow him, then.” because I am not about drama. But I never forgot his name, and sometimes I would look him up on Twitter to see if he was still following me (one of those weird things we do now thanks to social media). He followed me on Twitter for nearly 10 months before ever saying anything to me.

Then, as I laid in bed one night, a hot mess of tears and emotions because of the SNOW, this happened.

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After an extensive conversation on Twitter, I gave him my number. and we made plans to get coffee. and then we made more plans to get coffee. and more plans. and then it just kind of made sense to hold hands and stuff and now it’s a thing. There wasn’t really a DTR, there wasn’t enough time for me to start sending screen caps of texts to my friends and reading into his words… it just was the most normal thing in the entire world.

I re-read this post about God knowing the whole story, and my heart chuckled and my eyes leaked a little bit, because “one heck of a plot twist.”

<3 //

Justen makes me feel known. and safe. and important. He is honest and assertive and patient and a lot of other wonderful words.

and we met on Twitter.

That is probably my most favorite part, because we all know how much I LOOOOVE Twitter. 🙂

What a difference a year makes.

<3 //


There it is. The sweet plot twist I knew God had for me.

Extra sweet is that Justen is all about the social media, too. Feel free to stalk him on twitter or instagram or encourage him to keep blogging.

To be continued. 



  1. February 14, 2016 / 8:39 am

    This is adorable 😀 Hope you two have a fabulous day!

    • February 18, 2016 / 3:27 pm

      🙂 🙂 🙂 we weren’t even together, but that’s totally fine. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  2. February 14, 2016 / 11:08 am

    Fate. I love fate. And seriously, Justen sounds far better than the other one you were dating. Honestly, everyone is brought into our lives for a reason. Such a great way to tell us about your Valentine’s Day story. Kyle and I met at our work.

    liz @ j for joiner

    • Michael Copley
      February 17, 2016 / 5:51 am

      Yeah, better than Justen’s other Ones too . . .

      “She’s like the girl version of you. So Portland.” – Sam Cassese describing Stephanie Orefice

      • February 18, 2016 / 3:27 pm

        haha i’m not even that portland! ;D

    • February 18, 2016 / 3:27 pm

      ahhh! you dated a coworker?! good thing it worked out, right? that could have been awkward. && justen is way better for me than the other one, so i’m really grateful for that. 🙂

  3. February 14, 2016 / 3:09 pm

    I love this so much. I love that it happened gradually and naturally, and there wasn’t a bunch of weird “what does this really mean” happening. That’s kind of the way it was with my Justin. 🙂 Also… two Justins… this is gonna get weird. Good thing Justen is spelled differently from Justin. Otherwise… ALL THE CONFUSION

    • Michael Copley
      February 17, 2016 / 5:38 am

      Well hopefully there’s No “weird Drama”, like People spelling Justen’s name Wrong?!?

    • February 18, 2016 / 3:26 pm

      yeah! i don’t like the games or the in between or anything. like just be straight forward and stuff. that’s what i really appreciate 🙂 && yeah! good thing justen spells it weird ;D

  4. February 14, 2016 / 3:48 pm

    IT’S BLOG OFFICIAL?!?!?!?! All the hearts! Also double dating someday.

    • February 18, 2016 / 3:25 pm

      blog official is a big deal to me, hahaha <3
      i'm so down with double dating. SO DOWN.

  5. Donna Parkinson
    February 14, 2016 / 4:24 pm

    I have never gotten a valentine’s in my life, and i don’t care about that. But i do care that you have yours!! <3

    • February 18, 2016 / 3:25 pm

      wait. you’ve never received a valentine? i’m not okay with that.

      • Donna Parkinson
        February 19, 2016 / 7:39 pm

        I am… we defs don’t do Valentine’s here to the extent you do in the USA!!

  6. Emily Grace
    February 14, 2016 / 5:35 pm

    I’m sorry, I’m just dying over here <3!!! I loved reading this!

  7. February 14, 2016 / 8:01 pm

    I love this! Michael and I met in person freshman year of college, but didn’t start dating until summer after junior year…because we started talking on Facebook while I was in Australia the second half of junior year! So I’m a total believer in the power of social media relationships. 🙂

    • February 18, 2016 / 3:25 pm

      we tend to live out a lot of our lives on social media anyway! i feel like twitter is my 100% true self, too. so it’s like he got to see the real me! i love it <3

  8. February 14, 2016 / 9:17 pm

    Yayyyy! And that ending is perfect!!!!!

    • February 18, 2016 / 3:24 pm

      YEA!!!! i know, right?!?!?! ;D

  9. Travis
    February 15, 2016 / 7:34 am


  10. February 15, 2016 / 11:37 pm

    Aww! Love this story so far! “Met on Twitter” is a pretty fun answer to give.

    • February 18, 2016 / 3:23 pm

      <3 me too! i can't wait for it to keep unfolding. and i've always thought the idea of meeting on twitter would be the very best, haha.

  11. February 16, 2016 / 4:12 am

    Eeeeeeeeee!!!! YAY!!!! This made me so happy I read it twice! 😀

    • February 18, 2016 / 3:23 pm

      YAY! <3 <3 <3 <3 that's basically how i felt when i saw you were engaged lol.

  12. Michael Copley
    February 17, 2016 / 5:10 am

    Congratulations, and I’m happy for you Justen!

  13. Erin
    February 22, 2016 / 12:20 pm

    Aww, that is so cute! What a sweet story! I met my boyfriend online, although not on social media haha. 🙂

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