Many of you already know the story of how Matt and I met, fell in love etc. but for those of you who don't I will tell it to you. In the summer of 2006 a new Sunday School class started at our church in our teachers home. I was a little nervous because it was a, get ready for it, SINGLES class. AHH!! For some reason the thought of being in a Singles class depressed me. I thought I would have been married by now and going to a singles class meant I wasn't. Anyway I got over my fear and decided to try it out as the teachers were this really great couple who I had had before when I was in jr. high. Well after a couple of months the class started to grow and really wasn't as depressing as I thought. Anyway, after a class one day in August I went into the kitchen to throw something away and this guy came up to me to introduce himself. He told me his name was Matt and I told him I was Laura. And then that was about the end of our conversation and our first meeting. (I later found out that once Matt saw that I went into the kitchen he looked around for something to throw away just to talk to me.) The class started to hang out outside of church and I decided to go one day, dragging my friend Rachel with me. We ended up playing games over at Matt's house and this is when I started thinking that this guy was pretty funny. Over the next couple of months I countined to hang out with the Singles class and got to know Matt more and more.
One day in October he decided to ask me out to lunch...over email :) We met up at Fourth Street Filling Station and had a really good time. We continued to see each other pretty much everyday after that...I was smitten. After dating for all of about 2 months we started talking about getting married...crazy I know. But we both just knew that we wanted to marry each other. February 23, 2007, 4 months after our first date, Matt proposed!!
On a Friday night some of my girlfriends decided to get together. Our plan was to meet at a coffee shop until everyone arrived and then decide where to eat. Well one friend was taking forever to arrive, so I started getting a little irritated because I was really hungry. After she arrived we started to walk towards the restaurant. On our way there one of my friends, said that one of her students had painted a picture, would we mind going into this art gallery. Well as you know I was starving so I was not too happy about going in. As we go in, my friend says that the painting is behind this wall and for us to come look. Well as I rounded the wall I see a painting of Matt and I, and a little tag sitting by the painting saying "Will you marry me?" I turn around and there is Matt with a beautiful diamond ring down on one knee. I was in such shock, although I knew the proposal was coming, I thought for sure it was not going to be that night as I was hanging with the girls. Matt had also planned a party for us afterwards with friends and family. So thoughtful!!
Six months later, we were married at Calvary Baptist Church...where I attended with my family ever since I was a baby and where Matt worked as an intern. We have now been married for almost 2 years. Through that time, Matt finished graduate school, got ordained, and got a job working at Calvary. We also bought our first house this year..working on it for about 3 months to renovate it. Still working on getting settled, but love our house. Now we are ready to move on to the next step...to become parents!