I sent my ex-husband an email – and we ended up getting hitched again

A couple who didn't speak for years following their divorce got hitched again thanks to a simple email.

Daniell Curtis, 42, from Dunbogan, Australia, thought her marriage was over when her and her husband filed for divorce.

But life took an unexpected turn, which led to them reigniting the flame that once burnt bright.

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Daniell, who works as a freelance writer, told her epic love story writing a first-person piece for news.com.au.

In the brutally honest piece, she told how she met her husband Tim Curtis when she was dabbling in online dating back in January 2002.

At the time she was a recently divorced mum who had two children, Gavin, then four, and Shawdai, two, and she was quite apprehensive about meeting someone new.

But he asked her to go out for dinner, and she simply thought "why not?", so they ended up meeting up and shared food, chat and a few margaritas.

In the column, Daniell said: "I felt an immediate spark, and we bonded over a shared love of travel.

"The connection between us was so strong, we didn’t want the date to end."

She soon felt confident enough to tell him about her children, and he told her he couldn't wait to meet them.

The mum said he also made a great effort in trying to arrange nice things for the whole family to enjoy.

Daniell said she knew it was love when Tim first locked lips with her, though it took him six weeks to pluck up the courage.

He went onto propose on April 9, 2003, and she was "giddy" with excitement.

They got hitched two years after their first date, and Tim later adopted the children.

"This handsome prince had ridden into town and saved us," she added.

"But that became part of the problem. If you don’t leave any room for error, you’re guaranteed to be disappointed.

"For years, we were happy, having three more beautiful children, Jaren, Brinlee and Keiran.

"We also ran a successful business."

But in 2012, the couple suffered a few blows due to the financial crisis at the time, and had no choice but to re-locate when Tim got a new job.

He took on another job as a naval architect, which led to him working long hours.

It wasn't long before the pair struggled to communicate, and started to resent each other.

They eventually called it a day in 2015, and Daniell said it felt like the "fairy tale was over."

A few months later Tim sent divorce papers and, even though there was still love there, she couldn't feel it at the time.

They spent two years dating other people, and trying to start fresh again, before Daniell realised she needed to work to forgive Tim and herself.

She wrote him an email and accepted the part she played in the breakdown of the marriage, and six months later he replied.

He asked her if she'd like to meet up in person, and when they did they realised the spark was still there.

Daniell wrote: "Within days our messages turned flirty, and he started making secret visits to my apartment, not wanting to get the kids’ hopes up.

"The secrecy brought back the fun of our early dates.

"The kids guessed before long though, after we subconsciously started holding hands at Brinlee’s 10th birthday party.

"They were thrilled when we moved in together a few weeks later."

It got to a point where they realised they wanted to wed again, so they did just that.

On January 9, 2019, they tied the knot before celebrating with a Mexican meal and margaritas – just like they did on their first date.

She added: "I don’t expect perfection as we have something much better – a happy, loving marriage based on respect and communication.

"While our love story may not be conventional, I feel that we’ve taught our kids Gavin, now 24, Shawdai, 23, Jaren, 17, Brinlee, 13, and Keiran, 11, that relationships aren’t always easy, but the right ones are worth fighting for."


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