A Second Chance at Destiny


Justin and I met when we were 32 years old on an online dating site. We were two wounded hearts coming together, who never thought we’d get a second chance at love. Before entering the online dating scene, Justin had spent the past two years coming out of the ashes of a tragedy – his fiancé was murdered the night before they were supposed to move in together. Justin was destroyed and it took him years to cope with this unexpected and sudden lost.

Justin with his late fiancé Adrianne.

I too had dealt with heartache. Most of my life had been marked by bad relationships with men who mistreated me. When I signed up on the dating site, I started receiving a bunch of messages, but thought most of the men were crazies. Then I came across Justin, and something drew me towards him. When we started talking, we had an instant chemistry and I felt this familiarity with him as if we had known each other forever.

Amy and Justin’s Online Dating Profile Pictures

When we first met, Justin told me he liked my name because his first crush was a girl named Amy in preschool. I jokingly told him I didn’t want to hear about another girl named Amy who wasn’t me.

In those first few weeks of dating, I was already falling for him pretty hard. I mean, falling in love with Justin was easy. He’s so full of life, joy, and funny jokes, not to mention, he’s incredibly handsome.

A month into our relationship, I pointed out a scar above Justin’s eye and asked him how he got it. He told me it was from falling off the monkey bars at “good ol’ Sunshine preschool.” My jaw dropped, I squealed, “What! That’s where I went to preschool!” And then another realization, “Justin! We’re the exact same age! We must have gone to preschool together!” Justin looked at me in a state of shock and then he said, “Babe, don’t you remember me telling you about my first crush being a girl named Amy?” My heart almost exploded. “Maybe I was that Amy!” I ecstatically yelled out, “Oh my god, babe. We’re preschool sweethearts!”

We immediately called our moms and had them dig through old photos. My mom found my class picture from Sunshine Preschool, and sure enough, Justin and I were both in it.

Sunshine Preschool Class of 1986

What was even more surprising, is when we looked closer, we realized we were sitting right next to each other.

This confirmed our theory. We were in fact Preschool Sweethearts, and furthermore, we were destined to be together from the start. We also believe that Justin’s late fiancé is his guardian angel and guided us back together.

About two years after we started dating, I decided to write a letter about me and Justin’s love story and send it to a local news station. Within 3 days, our story went internationally viral. Two weeks after that, a talk show called The View invited us to come on their show, but little did I know, there was another surprise in store. Justin ended up proposing to me live on TV in front of the whole audience, and the preschool we went to were involved as well! The students held up signs that displayed the words, “Amy, will you marry me?” It was so incredibly special.

When it finally hit me what was happening, I just closed my eyes and began crying. I couldn’t believe my dream was finally coming true. I felt like the most special woman in the entire world (even though Justin always makes me feel like that). It was the best moment of my life and I’m so glad we were able to share it with the world. It was especially amazing to share it with our friends and family, who have been by our side through all the rocky times and Justin’s tragedy. I know how much it means to them to see us happy again.

Exactly one year after the proposal, Justin and I were married. Now we’re expecting our first baby – a boy.

Life is unpredictable and it can be unfair and heartbreaking. But no matter what, always trust that happiness can and will return to you. Never give up on love and love will never give up on you. I’m thankful every single day that Justin gave love a second chance and trusted that life would guide him to where he needed to be once he was ready. We hope our story renews faith for of those still on a journey to find happiness or on their way back to it.