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Second Chance Love

He Showed Me How To Love Again
Dedicated to Erik Kolbeck (My Prince)

Submitted by Ashley

In June of 2002 I gave birth to my daughter Madison Jade. Her father and I were engaged just shy of 5 years and long story short freaked out and left when the word "I'm" the first word of "I'm having a baby" came out of my mouth! Of course when you are with some one for 5+ years and are engaged you would never imagine that person would leave you and their unborn child in such a way. So from day one of pregnancy I was on my own. This was new to me since I hadn't been alone for 5 years. I fell into a deep depression and even deeper after she was born. I had so much doubt in every area of my life, my self, my friends and family mostly in myself and my ability to be a first time, single mother. I put on close to 80 lbs during my pregnancy due to overeating as a form of comfort. This did nothing to help my self-esteem. So now here I am mid-twenties, a single mother, heavier than I have ever been in my life, alone and feeling like no one will ever want me again. Not to mention all I wanted was the best for my child, a stable home with loving parents not a father that didn't want anything to do with her.

Then came Erik! He showed me a side of me I am not sure I ever knew was there. No matter how cloudy a day was he made me see the sun shine through. No matter how cold my nights were he kept me warm. He brought back the confidence in me to get up and make something of myself again. Showed me that there are men in this world that will and do love women with a child or as the jerks would say "baggage". Helped motivate me to go to the gym and showed me how important it was to feel good about me before I could feel good about anything else. Okay now here is the clencher, so ladies hold on to your hats, but this wonderful man of mine is also a single dad of a terrific eight-year-old boy! I never thought I could love again the way I had before and now I realize I love and respect this man so much more than anyone person in my life. It takes a special person to tell you every morning that you are the best and even more special person to take someone as sad as I was then and feeling sorry for myself and want to help them turn things around. He made me realize that no matter what, when, why, or how there is always something to look forward to. This man, this very special man has shown me love and compassion in so many aspects that I am not sure where I would be without him today. We fell in love almost instantly and knew that we were meant to be together forever. I cherish him more every day!

Now marriage is around the corner, we are in the market for a new home, Madison has a new brother and a super daddy and I have met the love of my life. Things could not have worked out any better. Now we just need to figure out a way to have a honeymoon in Hawaii come February 2004.


Ashley Viesca (soon to be Kolbeck)

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