Whitney and Carlin

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How We Met

I couldn’t possibly love this man anymore than I do right now, yet somehow I know tomorrow I will. Carlin and I met the summer before my senior year of high school. It was at a softball game in June 2011. Carlin had just moved to Lawton to intern at my church. We were seeing other people at the time. But the more we talked, the more I realized something was different about him. A few months past, we were both single, and he was moving back home. We kept in touch, but nothing real serious. We weren’t interested in being in a long distance relationship anyway. Then, a few months later I graduated from high school and started college and suddenly realized how much I really cared about him. Apparently he was feeling the same way about me, because it wasn’t long after that that he asked me to be his girlfriend. I was exstatic! Then I realized, we were going to be in a long distance relationship. I know, Lawton and OKC are hardly “long distance”, but seeing my car hit 100,000 miles sure made it feel pretty distant.

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And only getting to see him on Sundays was really tough. But we wanted to be together so it’s what we had to do. We faced several obstacles along the way, personal health problems, and the loss of a few loved ones are just a few. And all of it while being 100 miles away from each other. It didn’t matter though how much life threw our way, I knew we could make it through anything. Because in December 2013, He asked me to the Chickasha lights, and decided we were gonna make “us” work no matter what, that we were serious about one another, and our goal was marriage. I knew I loved him when, I was actually driving to the city to meet him one afternoon, listening to the radio and trying to figure out if Carlin was The One for me. I was asking God for a sign. I needed clarity. Then the #1 song on the countdown that week came on, it was one of my favorite songs at the time, by Lee Brice. It sounds silly to say, but that’s when I knew I was going to marry him.

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how they asked

Carlin had told me from the beginning that he was saving the word “love” for the woman he marries, that he wouldn’t tell me he loved me until he put a ring on my finger. And he did just that! 3 years after we sat in his truck in that Chickasha parking lot looking at all the Christmas lights, we were there again. This time, standing under the huge, red, lit up Christmas tree with all my family there, when he got down on one knee, told me he was in love with me, and asked me if I’d “be his wife forever”. I was shocked! And couldn’t have said yes fast enough.

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I am so in love with him and I can’t wait to spend forever with him.

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