love stories

LOVE IN THE BOI: Jen + Brian

Meet Jen and Brian.

Their love story started on the first day of college at BSU. Their love continues to thrive and grow since day one.


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My husband and I met on the first day of college in the Chaffee Dorms at BSU.  He was from Spokane Washington and was in Boise to wrestle on scholarship, I was from the Seattle area and we started dating 6 months later—never looking back—and relocating to the Boise area.  Fun facts:  we have spent 24 Valentine’s Days together, we have 3 daughters, and we all train jiu-jitsu together.  Most fun fact:  Brian is fighting on the pro-card for Front Street Fights in Boise on February 1st after a 7 year retirement.  


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She wrote a story about the moment that sealed the deal for them to become more than friends.  It was featured in the Stonecrop Magazine at College of Western Idaho and it encompasses so much charm about Boise, and being kids and about loving the simple things about each other.  Here’s her story:

How We Became Us

I called him that night, Friday. The cold gray walls of my dorm were easy to resist, and when I asked him if he wanted to hang out, he did.

We hopped into his red Nissan pick-up, and over the radio, he asked me if I wanted to drive. I lurched and stalled it so many times that we traded seats. He may have laughed at me—yes, I am sure he did.

My lack of experience was a novelty.

We went up the hills overlooking the City of Trees. The air was cold and crisp, and lighted by Christmas. When we reached the top of the highest hill, the frosted, twinkling city so far below, we teetered there at the edge. Lying before us was some semblance of a road. Darkness on the backside of the hill swallowed up the Nissan’s narrow headlight beams.

"Let's go for it.”

He stepped on the gas and together we slipped down into the night and the mud, away from the city, from finals, cardboard pizza, stale coffee, and the quiet of an all-girls dorm. The engine called it quits when we plunged to a stop at the dark bottom of, what? We couldn't discern anything. The road was not a road at all, but a trap.  Other auto-victims had been here before.

 

Striking a flare and circling around, we spied underbrush for miles upon miles.  Deep scars of tire tread were etched into the ground around us.  An abandoned car.  A side view mirror, broken and half-buried. 

He fumbled with the winch, but sagebrush offers no leverage and when I pointed the flare to the ground, it licked my palm and singed my sleeve and I dropped it with a yelp.

We grasped shovels and flung mud until exhaustion formed blisters and then collapsed into the bed of his truck, tracing constellations in the sky and laughing at the mud smeared on our temples.  Giving in, we planned our escape route on foot. 

We were crushed by darkness and lost feeling in our toes but we were kids with no weight on our shoulders, and getting stranded in the hills was no big thing. Especially when it meant wearing a warm coat that smelled like him, holding hands, and catching the glint of that first-love spark.

But like I said, it was no big thing. Even when the tow truck gave up and the tractor said, "No way." To the tune of $400—all his measly college savings—the Nissan was set free by a CAT. Nothing M&W powdered donuts and orange juice couldn't fix.

What I recall most is that we drove up the hill as friends, and came down as a glimmer of something more. And three years later, on bended knee, a promise was made on the same nameless road. But this time, instead of foolishness, a proclamation of devotion and friendship.

And yes, love.

It’s been twenty-four years and I can say that I still like the way his jacket smells.

Thank you Jen & Brian for sharing your LOVE IN THE BOI story! You may follow them on Instagram at @jenwieber_writer and his is @thesemicolon

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LOVE IN THE BOI: Ansley + David

Meet Ansley & David. They may have had class together, but it wasn’t until spending a week on a boat to lead to true love. Here’s their #LOVEINTHEBOI story.

 


 

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How Did You First Meet?

David and I met at BSU! I was in my last year of grad school and he was a senior in his undergrad program. One of my professors convinced him to take a particular grad level class and we ended up in Hyperbaric Physiology together. 16 weeks in the same class and we spoke to each other ONE TIME. But apparently he talked about me to his friends all semester. During this class we learned about how the body works and adapts in environments with high pressure like under water. We had the opportunity to become scuba certified which allowed us to spend a week on a boat in the Bahamas at the end of the semester. I think we connected because it was a very romantic set up, David thinks its because i was stranded on a boat in the middle of the ocean and couldn't escape him. (hahaha) We spent the 2015 NYE watching fireworks from the middle of the Caribbean and stayed up all night talking and falling in love. 

We couldn't love our story more.


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Describe Your First Date

Would you believe me if i said that NEITHER ONE OF US remember our first date? *face palm* Because honestly we don't remember anything...

 

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What Advice Do You Have For Someone Looking for Love in the BOI?

Advice for those looking for love in Boise: there are SO many romantic ways to fall in love. Maybe taking a class at BSU is a good start? All kidding aside, Boise is a picture perfect place to find a sweetheart. If being outside is your niche, don't give that up. Find yourself someone who is willing to try new things and no matter what the adventure is, they simply enjoy your company and learning more about who you are.

I was never an adrenaline junkie, but after marrying a pro jet ski racer, I found myself loving all things motors, fast, and dirty. I have found someone with completely different interests but we teach each other so much. We could be sitting on a bench at the park and have a blast. 

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Name Your Favorite Spots to Explore in Boise:

Our favorite place on the planet is Jackson Hole, Wyoming. After getting engaged at the top of the mountain, its hard not to have love for such a breathtaking spot. The plan is to retire there, but that seems like a pipe dream. Other than that, our second favorite place is wherever family is. And our families are all over the country so traveling is a regular thing for us. When we aren't traveling to see family or to a jet ski race, we are enjoying our Bogus passes or hanging out with friends or with our GSP's at the dog park. Boise is so perfect for us and we love our love for each other and this amazing city.

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Thank you Ansley and David for sharing your #LoveInTheBOI story! Make sure you follow them on Instagram: David: redinger3 and Ansley: anz_make_u_danz


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LOVE IN THE BOI: Cydnee + Lumuli

Distance did not stop Cydnee and Lumuli from falling in love. This is their #LOVEINTHEBOI story

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How did you two meet?

We met in Kenya in 1999 - we were just friends after my 7 week stay in Kenya and he was one of the students who joined us with the program I was with. We wrote snail mail for over three years and then he wrote me and said “Even though you’re the furthest, you’re the closest to my heart”. I mean - how in the world can a girl say no to that? We talked for the first time on the phone over three years after we’d first met. 




Describe Your First Date

First date? Well - that’s a bit difficult since we’d only spent time together on three separate occasions. But the first time I saw him after the initial trip to Kenya, I went to see him in England while he was working with students - while there, we walked to castles, met his friends and host family, toured London, read books, got to know each other - for 2 weeks! We planned for the next 3 week visit six months later in England again, and that’s when we got engaged!




What advice do you have for those looking for love in Boise?

   Don’t get stuck on the nuances and habits and ideologies of the person you’re dating. All of that stuff changes. Pay attention to the character - that usually stays the same and will show itself early on in the relationship.


 

Where is your favorite place to go (or thing to do) together as a couple?

We are homebodies. We feel blessed to live in a beautiful home with a comfortable bed and a hot tub right outside our bedroom. Give us some wine and Netflix and we’re good to go.




Thank you Cydnee and Lumuli for sharing your #LoveInTheBOI story with me. You can follow Cyndee at @ashkiphoto.