My hubby, Mtn Man, and I met in the year 2009 via MySpace page. I was at the point that some of us get to in life when you are just tired of others antics, games and run rounds and he was beyond that point. After much discussion we met in person, after three months of talking on the internet and the phone, in a neutral area in Missouri. When he first turned around to look at me he had that look of , here goes nothin'! He really wasn't sure that he wanted to meet me in the first place but decided what could it hurt. Myself , I was praying all the way there that if this was not His Will make the truck break down somehow. Flat tire, run out gas anything....and to my amazement I made it there safely. Spent three days with him and went home on a cloud.
About a month or so after this meet we decided that after $300 phone bills each we had better do something different. Heck that was my rent payment every month and his beer budget he was dipping into! LOL! So we decided that he would come down and help drive me and my livestock back up to Montana where he had lived since 1996. He had a cabin and small acreage that he owned living off grid with solar panels, composting toilet and wood stove for heat. I had never lived a life like this so it took some adjusting on my part but I would have to say that he was really surprised when I never asked to move to town.
But before we left Missouri he wanted me to meet the most important people in his life, yes, his parents. Oh my goodness was I nervous.....and I knew he was a little more serious than I thought prior. First thing his parents did before I even stepped out of my rig, was announced that the little colt in the barn was now mine. Yeah, I figured out real quick that they were giving me a "dowry" to take his "Ass" home and keep him forever! This is a running joke in the family now!

After a year of being there in Montana with Mtn Man I didn't ever want to leave. So then we decided to be right with God and get married. So happy that I did, he is the best thing on this earth that has happened to me in a very long time. My best friend for sure and a great mate to boot!

In 2011 we decided to make a change in career and sold our little cabin on the side of the hill. Moving ourselves 600 miles to SE Montana to Manage a 1500 head of cattle, 22,000 acre ranch for what turned out to be 2 yr run. Then in July of 2013, we were told that the outfit we were working for was "liquidating" so we would be out of a job and both of us prayed day after day and decided we would move closer to his folks which meant moving back to Missouri(1200 miles) intending to have our cake and eat it too, eventually by owning this piece here and one in Montana again.
Our hearts will always be with our beloved state of Montana but God put us here for a reason so we feel we need to give it our all until such time as it changes.

Tom Masterson

Mary E Masterson

POB 159
Marquand, MO 63655


  1. M.E.,

    I love your romance story. My hubby and I met on the computer 13 years ago and were still together.

    1. congratulations!! I intend on this one being my last.....grow old and die.....

  2. Some what like our romance story only we met from a dating site and lived in the same town and had never met before lol . We both had been through tuff marriages and relationships and both were about to give up then click we met over the dating site then MSN each other for a bit then finally met face to face that was 2006 and it has been awesome ever since got married in the back yard of our first home together in a lovey country valley village , we complete each other and are best friends as well . Isn't it great when things work out better then ya ever imagined especially after such hard times ? Good things come to those who wait !

    1. That is for sure! Thanks for stopping by Country Gal! Congrats!

  3. Just found your blog and love a great love story. I look forward to reading more about your life.
    I have family in Gainesville MO

  4. Welcome LTW.... look forward to our chats!

  5. oh my goodness! i know exactly where marquand mo is..i grew up in ironton, arcadia and pilot knob mountains. although my husband and i chose to retire to his hometown in northeast mississippi i still get to go "home" every few years...was amazed the last time i traveled through there...alot of those snakey mountainous curves in the highway are being straightened out. but, that part of missouri remains one of the prettiest places on earth to me.


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