{Guest Post} A Love Story

Today I have a sweet post for you from Kaitlyn over at Wifessionals, talking about how she met her hubby. It's a cute story, trust me! Thanks for guest posting for me today, Kaitlyn!


What a lovely, romantical picture....

It's safe to say, on the evening of my 25th birthday, I was pretty convinced a day like this picture would never come for me.

I grew up in a Christian home, always hearing from my parents that I didn't need to "settle" for boys and that I needed to pray and God would bring me my knight in shining armor.

Well I tried the waiting and the praying, but by the end of college I was upset. What the heck?!?! I wanted to get married, just like my parents, straight out of college. Well that plan was obviously out the window.

I went on, for the next 3 years, getting more and more worried that I would never meet "the one". I moved from Orlando to Atlanta for work. I knew no one, but I looked at it as a new adventure and a fresh start. Over my year there I fell in love with the city, my church and my friends.

I kept an eye out for "potentials" at church, but nothing really came of that. I'd go out with my friends, but always thought, "I'll never meet anyone at a bar...."

Well, I hit a low - and I'm about to admit something that few people know:

I tried online dating...yep, eHarmony.

I just didn't want to look back at 40 and say 'Well, I didn't try EVERYTHING'

I met really nice Christian men, but again, nothing stuck. (This isn't to say it doesn't work - my friend just got engaged due to eHarmony's magic) I found out in November of 2011 that I was being transferred to Nashville, TN, against my will. I cried and cried and prayed, begging God not to make me move again to a strange place where I had no friends...

Cue: my 25th birthday, December 2011.
Quarter life crisis, crying in my hotel room with my girlfriends, sad I was still single, completely unhappy about this house hunting trip we were on.

I decided to use that weekend to go with my girlfriends to find a new place in Nashville. 2 days after my breakdown, the last night of the trip, we went out to a bar. The details of that night were not by chance. I wasn't supposed to be at the hotel or bar that we ended up going to...and right as we were about to leave the 1st bar & head to a 2nd, I saw a cute boy and yelled to his guys friends, "Hey, why don't you bring your friend Dimples." (Ryan has dimples)

I don't know why I made that comment, but it caught this boy's attention and he followed us to the next bar. I soon discovered that somehow I managed to find an awesome, handsome, Christian man AT A BAR!!

We went our separate ways at the end of the night. He got my number. He texted me every day of that 3 week Christmas break...and he drove to Atlanta to spend New Year's Eve with me and my friends. 3 days later he helped me move all of my stuff to Nashville and we've been inseparable ever since.

In March this year (2012) he asked me to marry him & I said yes! Just 3 months later we got married and had a beautiful ceremony and reception in Nashville. One week later, we moved to Arizona.

Now if you did the math you might be freaked out. We were dating 3 months when we got engaged, 1 day short of 6 months when we were married. Did my parents freak out? Yes. Did we get a lot of kickback from other people? For sure.

But Ryan and I had been praying for each other for years. 2 weeks before I met him I prayed that I wouldn't have any other men put in my life until it was "the one"...I was just so burnt out on dating and it never going anywhere.
I couldn't have asked for a better husband. I love him so much and he completes so many things in areas where I fall short. It sounds cliche, but he's literally my best friend.

I just wanted to write this to encourage any single ladies out there who have the desire to get married, but still find themselves single. Don't worry, pray and trust God. 1 year ago I didn't even know my husband...things can happen quicker than you can imagine. You may meet your future knight in shining armor out at the grocery store, at church or EVEN at a bar this weekend...

It happened to me....

Come say "Hi" if you want to! I'm normally over at Wifessionals, blogging my life away (:

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Amy said...

What a sweet love story! And meeting a good man at a bar now-a-days is like a needle in a field of haystacks. Lucky woman!

Melissa said...

This is SO TRUE. Happened to me, too. I was 29 - but he was SO WORTH waiting for. LOVE being married to him!!! And it happened fast for us, too. When you know, you know!

Melanie said...

I can relate as well!! I met my hubby of now 11+ years in church..we dated 2 months and he proposed! I didnt tell my parents right then..we kept it a 'secret' until we had been together a few months longer! We had our skeptics too..but..when you know its right..thats all that matters!!

Emily said...

i met my hubby in a bar too! it does work sometimes! :)

Brittney said...

Oh I really love this story, SO sweet.

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