This Special Love Story Brought Us To Happy Tears

USATODAY_HumankindPublished: August 17, 2017
Published: August 17, 2017

The parents of Melissa and randy supported their kids’ relationships. They would shuttle them on dates and everything, but could never dream that they will endure to this point.

When Randy Coleman and Melissa Kuhlenschmidt met while bowling for the Special Olympics over 12 years ago, it was love at first sight. Now, they have been happily married.

Randy taught his picky eater wife to love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Melissa helps her husband by counting the repetitions for his physical therapy exercises. He taught her how to read the analog clock. Together, they have been attending the church where they had their ceremony.

They love going watching TV together and listening to music. Melissa loves Randy’s singing voice and how he plays the Appalachian dulcimer. He loves that he gets to go to sleep every night with the love of his life.

Both their parents couldn’t even dare to dream that their children, both with intellectual disabilities, could come this far. Randy’s mom, Karen Coleman, says: "I knew that she was his only and how could I deny him? The way I look at it, my son deserves to be happy in this life, not just because he's handicapped.”

Melissa’s dad Fred was equally in awe. For all he knew, Melissa was never even interested in boys.

Their wedding was their first kiss. Their honeymoon - their first unchaperoned event. For Randy, marriage means “she loves me forever and ever.” How sweet is that?

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