How We Met: David and I went to Hartselle High School together. He was a senior and I was a junior. My best friend was dating his best friend so we knew who each other was, but we never really spoke.
I’m generally pretty shy and David for some reason was with me. We all were at a mutual friend’s (Patrick) house for the Alabama-LSU game, and I kept finding myself glancing at David. I knew something was different about him. We made eye contact a few times, but that’s it.
Fast-forward about 6 months. David, Patrick, and my friend Brianna were working at the baseball concession stand together. I would go to the ball games and of course I spent half the time I was there talking to Brianna, which forced David and me to end up talking.
After a few times of this I looked at Brianna and said, “I’m going to marry David one day.” As soon as I said it, I turned completely red. Why did I just say that? Why did I even think that? I didn’t know this at the time, but it was a total God thing.
When you know, you know. So without me knowing, of course, Brianna ended up telling David I might like him and that if he thought he might like me too then he should do something. After literally running into each other in the hall, we started texting, and then we started to hang out.
Before I knew it we were spending all of our time together. We started dating on April 8, 2012 and have been crazy about each other since. We started going to church together. We really got to know each other, the good, the bad, our pasts, and our biggest dreams. Everything was just so natural between us. I was so full of joy and constantly had a smile on my face, and so did he.
David is the funniest, most-loving, and Godliest man I have ever known. No one else laughs at my corny jokes or deals with my stubbornness the way he does. I thank God for David daily and that our relationship remains centered on Him.
God radiates through David and that’s what drew me to him. He respected, encouraged, and agreed with my devotion to God and my devotion to remain pure. That spoke so strongly to me because I had never had or seen my friends have someone like that. David makes me laugh when life is tough.
David keeps me humble. David reminds me who I am when I am lost. David always keeps God the center of our relationship. He doesn’t just say he loves me, but he shows it daily. He makes me want to be the best I can be. I’m so thankful to have someone who loves me and teaches me to love the way Christ loves us. David has only drawn me closer to God.
how they asked: We were on our first foreign mission trip together in Guatemala. It was our last full day, and I was feeling a little down. I wasn’t ready to leave all the sweet children and their families. I wasn’t ready to stop serving these people.
We had spent the whole week growing in our morning devotions together, playing with children who lived in the dump, building a kitchen for a family in need, and bonding with the Lopez family (the missionaries we stayed with). It had been a life-changing week full of heartbreak and pure joy. I didn’t want to let go.
We were on the roof of the mission house doing our daily devotion together. It was around 7:30am. We read a few extra Bible passages from Psalms, drank our coffee, and just talked about the week. David then asked me if I wanted to have a photoshoot to which I replied, “no… look what I’m wearing, I look gross.” David laughs and tells me I’m beautiful, like he always does, and means it. He let it go and we continued to talk.
A few minutes later he set his phone up to take pictures (at least that’s what I thought, but it was actually a video) and we began posing. After a couple minutes we kind of forgot the camera was there and were just being ourselves, talking, laughing, and spinning. David kept pulling me close, and I being so ready to go play with the children kept moving around with excitement. But, then David pulled me really tight.
He was shaking. I was thinking “what is wrong with him..?” Then it hit me. He’s going to ask. I immediately was freaking out, nervous and excited. My heart was pounding. My entire body was shaking. I told myself that’s not what it was, but then his arm hit me (as he pulled the ring out of his bag).
I knew it. He looked at me, his eyes full of love and tears, and asked me to marry him. I was so fixated on him, I almost forgot to say yes and to even look at the ring. I couldn’t help but laugh. I was so overwhelmed, full of pure uncontrollable joy that I started laughing and could not stop for the rest of the day (really for the next like three days). My heart was full. I get to marry my best friend, my person.
Afterwards, we announced to the Lopez’s we were now engaged. David had told them, along with everyone else I’m close with that he was going to propose this week, so everyone was really excited.
We spent the rest of the day continuing to build the kitchen, playing with children at one of the feeding centers, and attending youth group.
David could not have asked me in a better way. Who else can say they got engaged on a mission trip, on top of a roof, in Guatemala? I couldn’t be any happier to spend the rest of my life with David by my side!