Steven and Deaira

Our Story

We have had quite the romance full of fun times and silly stories here are a few of them....

How We Met...

well perhaps more like how we came to find eachother...
How We Met...

The date was March 30, 2006... I (Deaira) had signed into myspace at work to do what you do on Myspace and i had a friend request from this man named Steve..... So i checked out his myspace he seems like a nice enough guy but i wanted to make sure there are a lot of weirdo's on the internet ya know so i sent him a msg.....

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From: Dea
Date: Mar 30, 2006 8:59 AM

Hi... Well you seem like a pretty interesting guy..I'm inclined to accept your friend request... wanna like chat or something or just be some random anonymous friend...

and so it continued....

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From: steve
Date: Mar 30, 2006 9:00 AM

Im all for getting to know you. You seem really cool. Im not on aol alot but my sn is fusionfighter

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From: Dea
Date: Mar 30, 2006 9:14 AM

We don't have to chat so much you seem kinda interesting yourself i'm dying to take that superhero quiz haha we could just msg back and forth or whatever ya know... :) but cool guess i have a new friend then

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From: steve
Date: Mar 30, 2006 9:15 AM

Well. If you dont want to chat. Then how are we supposed to get to know each other? Unless thats not your goal?

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From: Dea
Date: Mar 30, 2006 9:21 AM

haha on the contrary thats exactly my goal... i can't get on aim right now i'm at work at the moment... just saying i'm always available here and i'll check for you on aim when i'm at home tonight...

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From: steve
Date: Mar 30, 2006 9:23 AM

oh ok. If im not on its becaue my room mate is hogging the computer. You can always call me though. That is when your comfterble with that. I think i just miss spelled that. lol

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From: Dea
Date: Mar 30, 2006 9:29 AM

haha no worries that could be cool... my sn on aol is Harmonni so if you're on and wanna see if i'm on you can and i'll let you know about that whole comfortable thing... :)

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From: steve
Date: Mar 30, 2006 9:33 AM

No problem. Give me some time to prove im worth the effort.

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From: Dea
Date: Mar 30, 2006 9:41 AM

haha i like the way you think.... :) hahaha its like you're inside my head hearing my skepticism... haha very profound... :) trying to get into that superhero test... haha its being slow but i'll send ya the results when i have em :)

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From: steve
Date: Mar 30, 2006 10:01 AM

ok. ^_^ I"ll be here till 11:30 then i goto work.

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From: Dea
Date: Mar 30, 2006 10:02 AM

cool... What do you do? i think the link for that test is broken :(

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From: steve
Date: Mar 30, 2006 10:06 AM

hmm. Its working for me.. Maybe the computer your on cant load it. Im a head cashier right now. Working Full time. I like it, i get full health beneifits. But I want to get back into school. Im thinking about either being a writer or a chef. Crazy extremes I know. All I know is. After this summer im going to do something. I just wanted a little time to decide.

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From: Dea
Date: Mar 30, 2006 10:17 AM

HAHA we have more in common than meets the eye or perhaps thats what prompted you to add me in the first place... I'll try the superhero link from home see if it works there... I work full time too i'm on kind of a hiatus from school I went to the Western Culinary Institute in Portland OR a year ago. I had the time of my life seriously cooking and food and such is very important to me and i've also fooled around with writing and such haha thats pretty cool... I didn't get my degree not sure when i'll be able to at the moment... but we'll see... I also noticed you watch lost?? what did you think of last nights episode? I work full time to for a software company doing data entry type work... Its enjoyable...

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From: steve
Date: Mar 30, 2006 10:23 AM

Sadly I didnt get to see it. I worked late, then I had to go take my friend to his moms house. Then I got home had some Dinner and realized I missed it. Ive missed like the last 4. I keep begging charter for a DVR!

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From: Dea
Date: Mar 30, 2006 10:24 AM

haha i'd die if i missed it haha but i'm weird i watch it likeeast coast time west coast time and dvr it... :) It was a really great episode too!

*****On a side note... watching Lost together became a regular thing... steve got a job at charter cable doing dispatch may 1 2006 and he didn't get that DVR until well August of 2007 haha but we never missed an episode once we met. *****

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From: steve
Date: Mar 30, 2006 10:26 AM

Im kinda sad now.lol. But chances are i'll just get it on DVD any way. Its a great show.

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From: Dea
Date: Mar 30, 2006 10:28 AM

it has its moments for sure.... haha have you kept up at all? the last few new episodes have been good its hard tho with so many freaking reruns.

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From: steve
Date: Mar 30, 2006 10:30 AM

lets see. The last one I remember was When Sawyer tricked jack and got all the guns.

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From: Dea
Date: Mar 30, 2006 10:36 AM

so you missed teh one about Claire and what happened to her when ethan kidnapped her, and the one last week about Jin and Sun, and then last nights about Locke

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From: steve
Date: Mar 30, 2006 10:39 AM

yeah, man, i am missin all the good stuff!

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From: Dea
Date: Mar 30, 2006 10:41 AM

i'm tellin ya haha they got like a food drop thing from the dharma institute last night... and Jack beat sawyer at poker for all the medical supplies.

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From: steve
Date: Mar 30, 2006 10:43 AM

wait! So does that company still think there experiments are going on down there?

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From: Dea
Date: Mar 30, 2006 10:44 AM

apparently haha i was thinking maybe thats what the button is for like an alert system... that people are still living on the island working on the island etc... ya know... i dunno but it was cool hahaha

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From: steve
Date: Mar 30, 2006 10:45 AM

That show gets more and more confusing with each passing episode. lol

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From: Dea
Date: Mar 30, 2006 10:47 AM

seriously!!! haha makes it more addictive! its frustrating for me to watch sometime cuz its like not going anywhere just more questions thrown in to the mix without any resolution haha but its nice eye candy weds nights...

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From: steve
Date: Mar 30, 2006 10:51 AM

Yeah, I do like some resolution with my plot. lol Thats why i like shows like the shield. They keep you strung along, but for the most part the season finaly will wrap it all up, but leave just enough to keep you coming back.

**** Incidentally while we remaind avid Lost watchers the lack of resoloutin led us to Heroes... which is by far the best show on TV haha*****

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From: Dea
Date: Mar 30, 2006 10:59 AM

i dunno ya know i really haven't watched much tv outside the foodnetwork( yes i'm a nerd) until recently... so lost is a new adventure for me... its kinda cool... i think Lost and um Grey's anatomy... i've been kinda watching that american inventor show too its good for a laugh... i watch a lot of movies tho i wouldn't be without my netflix membership!

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From: steve
Date: Mar 30, 2006 11:01 AM

Oh yeah. I love foodnetwork. Good eats is like my fav show. I was a big Iron chef dork for awhile too. 30 minute meals is really cool too, I can actualy make alot of that stuff. lol.

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From: Dea
Date: Mar 30, 2006 11:05 AM

Alton Brown is my own personal hero haha i learned stuff from him that i didn't learn til i was in culinary school ya know *sigh* i really like ham on the street too! and iron chef is always good to kill time... i love paula deen to... woman makes me wanna make fried chicken and dredge it in butter hahaha

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From: steve
Date: Mar 30, 2006 11:07 AM

lol, yeah ive seen her deep fry so many things it made my ateries hurt. lol

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From: Dea
Date: Mar 30, 2006 11:11 AM

hahaha arteries need to hurt now and then haha :) no i just like wanna hug her she's one of those people that like screams hug me ya know... hahaha and i have to like anyone with a sweet tooth as big as mine added to a penchant for comfort food... can't help but love it...

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From: steve
Date: Mar 30, 2006 11:12 AM

She was the first person I ever saw put a fried egg on a hamburger. I thought it was insane. however being the adventurous type, I tried it...Ya know what? its pretty good.

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From: Dea
Date: Mar 30, 2006 11:14 AM

yeh... i'd try it i haven't but i would... saw a blt made with a fried egg awhile back now that sounds awesome! my friend in portland used to order this burger somewhere that had like a fried egg peanut butter and who knows what else... he liked it a lot

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From: steve
Date: Mar 30, 2006 11:15 AM

peanut butter? on a burger? with meat? I dunno. lol

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From: Dea
Date: Mar 30, 2006 11:16 AM

me either but stranger food combinations have been thought of i'm sure... should probably let you head off to work...

That was the end Steve went off to work and I eagerly awaited our next conversation... Soon we were talking on the phone and making plans to meet in real life... And so while it was the end of our first conversation... It was the first day of the rest of our lives...

We've talked about it since then and confessed neither one of us was really looking for anything beyond friendship. Steve had just moved to Reno and wanted to make friends. I had been praying and wishing for a friend to hang out with and go to movies with for a long time... God stepped in and here we are...

Our first Date...

AKA The day we met in person...
Our first Date...

The date was April 3 2006. We'd agreed on what to do we just had to do it... We'd talked about it and planned it all out... Steve was going to pick me up at work and surprise me with what we were gonna do haha This was my request but i had lamented to him about all of the new exciting restaurants and cuisines i'd wanted to try... He listened...After our date we had the following things to say...

Deaira: i met a boy....and he took me for thai food and we took a walk and we laughed and we talked and we kissed!!! and it was so nice to be held again and kissed again and made to feel special and cherished... :) it was so nice to like spend time with someone other than my family... haha he made me feel pretty and intetresting and all of those things i believe myself to be... can't wait to see him again and cuddle up and watch tv and kiss him again he has the most delicious mouth... he made me dizzy! tonight kissing was better than any chocolate i can remember... so anxious to see what happens in the future with him... tonight was wonderful every second i loved how we liked dissected dinner mm did you taste that and oh the garlic and hahaha it was so nice to have an intelligent conversation about food!!! and i really feel like i can open up to him tell him anything and he listens and understands.... gosh its just so nice to feel like someone cares and treasures me...

Steve: The best night ever,She is so amazing
Last night was the most amazing night of my life. lol. I took Dea out for dinner. I took her to This really nice little Thai place. The food was great. She makes the cutest sounds when she eats. We both agree the fried calamari was awesome. Afterwords she suggested we go for a walk around this cool little lake. There where all kinds of sea guls and ducks. At first I wasnt sure if she was having a good time. I decided To take her arm as we walked. She just smiled at me and said she was waiting for me to do that. I was so releived. We finished are walk and got back to the car. She was pretty cold so i put my arms around her. We went for ice cream afterwords. I dont mind telling you, we kissed, but details are for me and her alone. lol. I didnt want to let her go at all. I felt so good with her. I cant believe how lucky I am to have met some one so amazing. She makes me feel happier than I have in a very long time. I cant wait to see her again!

Steve went on to say... i was so nervous most of the day that i just kept doing "things' to keep my self occupied. our date wasn't till 4:30 but i got up around 9 and went stein mart and bought a new shirt, then i went to the mall and bought new shoes. I cleaned the car out and got a car wash! i checked my myspace later on and she was so excited to go, i was really excited to. i sat in the parking lot at her job for an hour, nervously looking over at the flowers i had bought her, checking my hair, when she finally came out i stepped out and opened the door for her and i just remember thinking how intoxicating her smile was. it still makes my heart warm to this day. now i had never had thai and wasn't sure what to expect, when i saw ginger chicken i orderd that because that was a flavor i was familiar with. i remember we didn't talk much, we both where obviously pretty nervous. that's until the food came and boy we just kept going on about how good it was. lol. our walk around the lake was great, i remember not knowing if i should try and put my arm around her or not, but then i just took at deep breath and offered her my arm, she was like "its about time" lol. from that point on, no more awkwardness. desert was great, she loves cold stone as much if not more than i do! which is good and bad since i have to be careful about how much i have.

Deaira's side of things... So i wore my brand new Beatles t-shirt to work i'd done my hair wore make up etc i wanted to make a good first impression after all... The day dragged on....
Finally it was 4:30 i was off work and he was waiting outside in the parking lot for me... so i summoned all my courage and i walked out... ( bless them the ladies i worked with kept an eye on me to make sure he wasn't a serial killer) So we met... i wish i could remember the details more clearly maybe steve can add some later... i wish i could say i was blown away by his good looks and it was love at first sight but i think i was still kind of guarded and careful... he certainly looked nice enough... and he brought me a boquet of daisies which was a nice touch... So we got in the car and we started driving towards the restaurant i still had no idea where we were going but poor steve being new to the area wasn't quite sure how to get there so when he asked me where Mt. Rose street was i had a pretty good idea we were going for Thai... I had never had thai... but i'd wanted to and i'd wanted someone i could go have thai with this was shaping up to be a pretty good date afterall...
So we got to the restaurant and went inside sat down this was when the like nervou silence started and the polite converstaion... We ordered Fried Calamari that we later agreed was the best we'd every eaten and I had yellow Chicken Curry and he had Ginger chicken It was delicious... It made Bangkok cuisine a favorite of our later... The thing that impressed me the most about Steve was during dinner we were talking about food intelligently i had never found anyone i could talk to intelligently about food outside of culinary school except my Dad so it was a wonderful way for us to bond...
After dinner we went to Virginia Lake and we walked around talking getting to know eachother better it was a windy night in April let me tell you we were bundled up pretty tight. Steve offered me his arm and i accepted and we walked a mile arund that lake talking about everything. When we'd finished our walk we were freezing cold and so before he opened the door for me he gave me a big warm hug and we shared our first kiss. Walking at the lake later became a form of free entertainment for us and we've always enjoyed taking walks talking and holding hands.
After the Lake we were ready for dessert... We went to The Cold Stone Creamery and sat down and talked well I talked Steve just listened and looked at me smiling. The night was drawing to a close we couldn't find anything else to do and it was getting late. So Steve took me home and we both knew we'd see each other again...

The Proposal...

The Proposal...

We found out in the beginning of August that Deaira would need to go to Texas to take care of Grandma Elwell. With many tears much praying and a lot of faith. We decided Deaira would go. On the day Deaira booked her plane ticket to fly away from Steve and go to Texas we were sitting on the bed we booked the ticket and Steve brought out a little box and inside that box was this ring. This ring solidified our comittment the promise that Deaira woud come home to Steve and (finally) be his wife kept them both going. We kept our eyes on the Lord and trusted him to provide for our needs and to keep our relationship strong. The last year has been such a remarkable journey and testament to how God can and does work in the lives of those who are faithful to him.