Begging for reader input.

Readers, I need your help!  Would you pretty please weigh in on something for me?

I’ve had it in my head for a while now to share the story of how Brian and I met at WalMart.  A lot of you already know it, but there are also a lot who don’t.  Being that he and I are about to bring a little human being into the world, it seems like a good time for our “love story” to be on record!

Well, I woke up at 2:30 A.M. last night and I couldn’t sleep.  Our story began to play in my mind, but it kept going backwards, further and further.  The thing is that there are two stories.  First, there’s the story of how we crossed paths.  That could be summed up in one, maybe two posts, tops.  But really there’s another longer version, the version that I never tell.

Folks who have been married for a while, you must know what I mean.  Yeah, you met your spouse at such-n-such a place doing such-n-such a thing.  But in hindsight, do you see all the variables that led up to that cosmic moment?  Do you see the trail of breadcrumbs that eventually caused you to meet or at least the circumstances that shaped your heart to realize what a good fit your spouse is?  I mean, that can span years!  (Right, Momma?)

So in the middle of last night, I started click-clacking away.  I began typing out the long version.  It would definitely be a series.  After a while, I began wondering if the majority of my readers would even be up for a seven or eight part series that was a more all-inclusive version of what led to our WalMart romance, our love story.  Sometimes it’s sobering.  Sometimes it’s not silly or light-hearted (but it IS fascinating, I’ll give you that).  And I know that sometimes my series can be maddening as there are always lots of cliffhangers.

So here are your elective choices.  When I go into labor, I can:

A) go off the grid for a while.  I don’t know how long I’ll be in labor and when I’ll be able to return to Square Piece.  We’ll all need rest and recovery, so I need to give myself this grace and space.  For option A, you’ll be voting not to hear from me at all until I share the good news.

B) explain that I’m in labor and auto release the short story of how Brian and I met at WalMart.  Then go off the grid, reappearing once I’m able.

C) begin to auto release the long version of how, over the course of two full years, the Lord began to guide me over a rocky journey that eventually culminated with the meeting of Brian.  Like I said, it’s not the usual silliness.  And you’d have to be committed to the story (because I’m sorta insecure to share it without getting much feedback).  If you’re interested in option C, but don’t want to ask me to put in the time, really I’ve already got 85% of it drafted.  By the time the series would be finished posting, I should be ready to share some baby updates and pics.

To review:

A) Go off the grid.

B) Short story/off the grid.

C) Long version/seamless transition.

Please vote and please go with your gut instincts and selfish desires.  (And if it’s possible, could you please leave your voting comments on Square Piece instead of Facebook?)


  1. October 22, 2012

    A most definite C

  2. October 22, 2012

    C C C C!! Most definitely :]

  3. October 22, 2012

    Well, I think it goes without saying, but just in case, I’m all for the longer, detailed version. 🙂

    • October 22, 2012

      I’ll be getting my Bennett fix without the Square Piece updates … so in all fairness, it’s great to have details, but I hope you’ll be able to post something about the birth/labor fairly quick, for everyone who has been anxiously (in a good way) awaiting his arrival. 🙂

      • Hence the vote. At the end of all three voting options is the reality that I’ll need a break from computer commitments for a while. If I post anything before I’m ready, it’ll likely be a teaser.

  4. October 22, 2012

    Is this a serious question? I cannot imagine anyone reading Square Piece not voting for option C.

  5. October 22, 2012

    C … I love a good love story!

  6. October 22, 2012

    C !

  7. October 22, 2012
    Kelly N

    Definitely C. 🙂

  8. October 22, 2012

    C 😉

  9. October 22, 2012

    I don’t want to brag, but if it was not for me, Suzy and Brian would not have met. Before you can have a cliffhanger, you need a starting point.

  10. October 22, 2012
    Lisa Emslie

    C for sure, though it would be fine to see a “just born” baby photo when the labor/delivery happens ; ) I’m so excited for you guys!

  11. October 22, 2012

    C:) As long as u or brian put a bennett/labor update on ur fb post

  12. October 22, 2012

    I definitely vote C. No good love story can be told completely without those seemingly insignificant events that ultimately affect the big picture.

  13. October 22, 2012

    C for sure. This way you can rest up and still be able to post the story over however much time until you can blog about Bennett. It’s a win win. You are freed from feeling guilty b/c you’re not going to abandon SqPc, the readers will be blessed by the story leading up to WalMart and we can all keep a lookout for those baby stories that are to come. Makes sense.

  14. October 22, 2012

    I agree with everyone else, C! I love your stories.

  15. October 22, 2012

    so nice seeing that I don’t even need to vote because we all seem to be thinking alike here 🙂

    but, for the record, C

  16. October 22, 2012

    I think you got your answer already…c!

  17. October 22, 2012

    C!! Definitely C 🙂 we love the long stories!

  18. October 22, 2012

    C for me – I’m a “never too much info” person – as u know <3

  19. October 22, 2012

    CCCCCCCC!!!! Can’t wait to hear how God wove your lives together!

  20. October 22, 2012

    C. The promised anticipation is worth the wait!

    Who’d want to hear just part of this saga? Can’t even imagine. I’d be typing questions, instead of comments.

  21. October 22, 2012

    I say C if it means you’re killing time but A if it means spending time just being with Bennett and Brian and not worrying about us cyber junkies…but really C if you were twisting my arm.

  22. October 22, 2012

    I’m all for C, but why do we need to wait to see Bennett and know how you’re doing?
    Count down has begun.

  23. October 22, 2012
    Rebecca Ogle


  24. October 22, 2012

    C please!

  25. October 22, 2012

    Louise and Jerry – definitely C

  26. October 23, 2012

    C!!! I agree with ange too…a quick labor/baby update would be great! The full version later will be much anticipated. 🙂

  27. October 23, 2012

    I do enjoy reading SP and look forward to getting that email everyday, but I can honestly say I will be totally happy with whatever works best for you. I’ve always been amazed that you pull off a post everyday anyway. However long it takes for your return, I know it will come eventually. And, yes, I’d like to hear all the details of all the stories (all of yours and Brian’s and Bennett’s).

  28. October 23, 2012

    C of course. You won’t be able to stand not posting!!!! But do pace yourself. Enjoy your journey and thanks for sharing it with us. Hugs

  29. October 23, 2012

    C 🙂

  30. October 24, 2012
    Mandy M

    C please 🙂

  31. October 25, 2012

    Oh C for sure!

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