Chris and Rachel
how we met
My first year at Liberty University I was on the Forensics team, Dr. Allison (Chris’s dad) was my professor. One day he called me into a meeting in his office, my friends warned me that he would try to recruit me for King’s Players and try to set me up with one of his sons. I didn’t believe them but I laughed as I sat in a chair in his office and he gave me a knowing smile and tried to recruit me for King’s Players. Then Dr. Allison said “You should meet my son Chris,” (he was in Florida at word of Life.) I laughed and replied sarcastically that “I would date his son when I joined King’s Players.” Two years later, I made a deal with Dr. Allison that if he left me alone I would Audition for the team. I walked into auditions and there he was, Mr. tall dark and handsome sitting in the back corner watching auditions, I nearly chocked when Dr. Allison introduced him as his son… Suddenly I wanted to join King’s Players.
In September of 2014 I did indeed join King’s Players only to find out Chris was dating someone else! However after a week of being on the team he was suddenly single and I was silently rejoicing. On and off that semester sparks flew between us, I would flirt with him, he would pursue me, back and forth it went, it was at the end of that semester I had to do the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do… let him go. It was utterly painful to give him over to the Lord and ask him to do his work and his will in Chris even if it meant that I wasn’t apart of his plan.
After that year we both went away to camp both wanting to be a part of the others future but never dreaming God would allow it. I tried to get over him that summer and it was (for that reason ad several others) the most stretching summer of either of our lives. I left camp that summer completely broken, which is right where God needed me to bring me back into Chris’s life. I walked into church my first Sunday back thinking I was over Chris but as I walked though the door and saw him sitting there (I kid you not framed in a halo of light) my heart raced and I knew then… I would never get over him.
That was the beginning of my final semester in school at Liberty and it didn’t take long for Chris to convince me to rejoin King’s players. After the first few weeks and several late night talks sharing what we’d learned and what God had done in and through us that summer a deep and meaningful friendship grew roots. I remember one evening specifically, my 22nd birthday party Chris came over with a group of friends and we all laughed and talked until late, I remember sitting on the playground at my apartment as he stood below me when he said “don’t fall” I said I’d try not to, and then he said “well, if you do I’ll catch you.” I knew I was falling for him in an entirely different way, and I prayed he would catch me.” That evening he gave me a birthday card with an otter on it, somehow that was supposed to translate how he felt about me…somehow I didn’t get it. However it became abundantly clear that he was flirting with me the next day or two and so decided we needed to have a talk.
October 5th 2014, in front of the library at Liberty University Chris sat me down and said: “I want to date.” Three hours later and he finally convinced me to let go of my fears and see what God could do in and through us, we started our relationship in prayer. The next year was full of ups and downs, joys and trials, laughter and tears, but through it all Chris and I drew closer together. He became my best friend, my partner in crime, the one I wanted to share all of my laughs with, the one I wanted to turn to when I needed to cry and the one I wanted to spend every day with.
how they asked
On November 21st 2015 Chris took me back to the spot where he had asked me out, in a lovely spot by the water lined with trees filled with pictures of our memories and a path covered in flower petals Chris got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.
I couldn’t say yes fast enough. I can’t wait to be his wife, to live life together, love life together, and bring glory to the Lord together. The chapters and ending, the page is turning, and I can’t wait to see what God will do in our story next…