Rachelle Friedman Finds The One

Rachelle had no idea "The One" was right in front of her!

Rachelle had no idea “The One” was right in front of her!

Editor’s Note: Sometimes when people are having their greatest successes or are about to experience happiness seems to be when tragedy occurs. However, the individuals who persevere, who endure and who decide that they won’t let their accidents or disabilities overcome them will prevail. One of the biggest concerns when tragedy strikes often is, “Will my loved one still love me?” This week we will find out what one young lady, Rachelle Friedman Chapman from Knightdale, North Carolina, discovered about true love. Part 2 of a 5 part series. 

While they were roommates, Chris asked Rachelle for a date, but Rachelle rejected him. “I said no because I was scared. I thought if this relationship didn’t work out, I didn’t want to lose my best friend, or for things to be weird in the house. I realized that there were so many ways that things could go wrong. Chris seemed sad.” For the next week, Rachelle admits she had a hard time sleeping. She wrestled with the problem of her best friend wanting to be her boyfriend. She didn’t want to lose Chris as her best friend, but she didn’t know what to do with a boyfriend. She didn’t know what the expectations of their relationship would be, and what a girlfriend was supposed to do. Finally Rachelle told Chris, “I’ve been thinking about it, and I think we can date and still be friends.” Rachelle thought Chris would say “No,” to get her back for turning him down, but he didn’t, and they started dating.

After Chris graduated, during Rachelle’s sophomore year, he tried to find a job as a teacher in Greenville, NC, in order to be close to Rachelle while she was in school. He eventually applied to graduate school at East Carolina University to get his Master’s in Education. He felt with a master’s degree he’d have a better chance of landing a good teaching job. Rachelle got an internship with the Convention and Visitors Bureau in Greenville and decided that she was interested in hotel management. After graduation, Rachelle took a job as a hotel manager in Raleigh, N.C. and Chris took a job in Nash County. They found an apartment located between their two jobs, and in the summer of 2009, Chris proposed to Rachelle.

Rachelle was excited to start her life together with Chris.

Rachelle was excited to spend her life with Chris.

The couple began to plan their wedding for the following summer. Rachelle mentions, “My hotel job only lasted 3 days. Although I thought I wanted to be a hotel manager, I learned quickly that was not my calling,” Rachelle was far too active for a desk job. Filling out forms, scheduling maintenance, taking reservations and all the other details associated with hotel management just didn’t fit her personality. So, she took a part-time job as a lifeguard and began to work in recreation with young people. After Chris proposed, Rachelle realized she needed a fulltime job, so she and Chris could save as much money as possible for the wedding and their future. She found a job working with senior citizens at an activity center. Rachel and Chris bought a house, and Chris finished his first year of teaching. As the wedding drew near, invitations were sent out and Rachelle found the perfect dress. Everything was falling into place.

To learn more about Rachelle Friedman Chapman, go to www.rachellefriedman.com and www.facebook.com/rachelleandchris.

Next: Rachelle Friedman Hears Wedding Bells and Then They Go Silent 


About the Author: For the last 12 years, John E. Phillips of Vestavia, Alabama, has been a professional blogger for major companies, corporations and tourism associations throughout the nation. During his 24 years as Outdoor Editor for “The Birmingham Post-Herald” newspaper, he published more than 7,000 newspaper columns and sold more than 100,000 of his photos to newspapers, magazines and internet sites. He also hosted a radio show that was syndicated at 27 radio stations; created, wrote and sold a syndicated newspaper column that ran in 38 newspapers for more than a decade; and wrote and sold more than 30 books. Learn more at http://www.nighthawkpublications.com

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