how we met
Penny: I was walking home from school with my cousin. We were laughing, talking, minding our business when two guys in a really loud, and bright red colored mustang drove up and stopped beside us. Right off I could tell he was trying to show off; I mean we are talking about Kalvin here! He initiated conversation with us both and eventually came to ask for my phone number. I was kid of reluctant. I thought guys like this were nothing but trouble. I hesitated a little too long I guess because the next thing I knew my cousin was insisting I give this guy my number. I won’t deny he was really cute, in a 6’4″, lanky kind of way. I decided to give him my number anyway, and from there I guess you can say the rest is history.
I remember one of the first conversations Kalvin and I had sitting on the wall outside of my house. At such a young age he captivated me with his passion for God and family. He had me very intrigued after this conversation. These are the reasons I continue to love this man so much!
Kalvin: Everyone who knows me can tell you that I am quite the car lover. When I was younger I loved to show off. Ok, maybe I still do, but that’s beside the point. One day I was rolling with my home boy on the way to play basketball. At that time one of the cars I owned was a strawberry red, drop-top, Mustang GT. Now this car had loud exhaust, 20″ spinning rims, and Lamborghini doors. So I thought I was the coolest guy in town! We’d just left my house cruising with the top down, music loud, and clean rims.
We came to a stop sign and my eyes became fixed on this girl crossing the street. She was a legit high school geek, books in hand, glasses on, walking home with her cousin. SHE WAS GORGEOUS! Tall, caramel skin, pretty smile, shy girl. So being me, I went into show off mode! I turned the music louder, revved the pipes on my Mustang, and pulled beside the ladies. I was hoping when I stopped my rims would get her attention, but MAN was I wrong! When I pulled up her facial expression said, “If this fool don’t get away from me!”. I mean a legit STANK FACE!
So yea, the nice car groupie tactic didn’t work. Thank God for her cousin. She did a double take, looked at Penny and said “GIIIIIIRL, If you don’t give this tall, outwardly impressive man your phone number I WILL!”. Given the peer pressure she reluctantly gave me her number, and from then on it’s been a bunch of years of me getting on her nerves, getting yelled at, etc (you guys know how that goes). Up until now. I’ve tricked her into keeping me, lol!
how they asked
The day of our engagement took me by complete surprise! Breakfast with my friends turned into a full day scavenger hunt leading to complete pampering from head to toe. The last clue this handsome guy picked me up with a dress, heels, and flowers and carried me away to a helicopter ride. From there we went home where he got on one knee in front of our friends after watching a beautiful slideshow telling the story of our relationship over the years.
How could a girl say no to that? The tears wouldn’t stop flowing, but it didn’t stop there! After all of the tears stopped flowing he had a BOX of “She said yes” gifts. What was inside the box BLEW MY MIND! All of the things on my “want list” that I had been talking to him about over the last few months were right there in front of me!
A new purse, a Fit Bit, a trip to Puerto Rico, favorite wedding venue already reserved, AND A BRAND NEW MINI COOPER, MY DREAM CAR! How did he pull this off without me knowing? Not only is he thoughtful and caring, he is a man who strives to be better everyday, and pushes me to do the same. Is he the one? ABSOLUTELY! Does he make me happier than I ever imagined I could be? ABSOLUTELY! Am I excited to start this new chapter of marriage in my life as Mrs. Verner? ABSOLUTELY!