Michele Hoffman didn’t own a lawn mower when she bought a house in southwest Omaha a few years back.
Good thing she didn’t, because her shaggy backyard helped connect her with her future husband, Eric Hoffman.
Michele moved into her house in May 2010 and invited friends — a couple who had just gotten engaged — for a tour.
Her friends noticed her big backyard and asked who was going to keep it trim.
Michele told them something like, “I could get a goat, unless you know any nice boys.”
One of Michele’s friends surprised her when he said he worked with a guy she should meet.
That guy was Eric.
A few weeks later, Eric and Michele went on a double date with their friends, meeting for drinks at the Mai Tai Lounge on the day before the Fourth of July.
The date went well, so Eric asked Michele if she wanted to join him the next day to watch Ralston’s Fourth of July fireworks.
Even though Michele’s need for yard work brought them together, she couldn’t ask a guy she just met to mow her grass. So she hired a lawn service.
Michele, who grew up in Illinois, and Eric, an Omaha native, discovered they had plenty in common to get their dating life rolling.
Eric also was a new homeowner, so they talked about remodeling, painting and other details.
Both enjoy live music, and Michele surprised him with a birthday trip to a Green Day concert in Denver a few months after they met.
They love wine tasting at area vineyards, playing cards and hanging out with friends and family.
On Valentine’s Day 2012, Eric proposed. Less than two months ago, on April 13, they married at the Magnolia Hotel and danced to Katy Perry’s “Firework” at the reception.
And now Michele doesn’t have to worry how she’s going to keep the grass trim.
She has a permanent yard man.