We met a few days after Thanksgiving. I think our first date ended with a proposal- as a joke of course! We just hit it off. We learned that we have so many things in common from our shared faith in Christ, our similar life experiences, to our deep love for our children and our musical backgrounds. It was evident there would be a second date. From that point on, the more time we spent together, the more we laughed and shared and learned.
Greg was the first to say "I love you," although I'm sure I had already thought it. It was Christmas Eve. My family was celebrating our tradition of dinner, church service, and gift sharing and had invited Greg to join us. I never doubted they'd give their seal of approval of Greg. He just has that, "I'm-good-with-parents" kind of vibe. Honestly, he's good with anybody. His first impression is likeable, calm, warm, and trustworthy. It just made me so happy that they wanted to include him- that they'd seen what I had seen in him. Christmas has always been a favorite holiday of mine and now with the memory of our first "I love you's," I will look forward to it even more.
When I started dating as an adult, I found that it was more difficult than I had imagined. I didn't make it easy for myself. I had 2 kids, a company to run, and a house to build! I found that if I was going to find someone they would have to be able to fit pretty seamlessly into the controlled chaos I had already created.
I was pretty cautious on first dates, and my first date with Erin was no different (Although I will have to say that she totally schooled me in bowling that night.... Maybe I saw that as a challenge to try to win her over even more!). I could tell Erin was also pretty cautious, but the more I learned about her, the more I craved to know.
We were sitting on the couch one cold winter evening, and the room became totally silent. My arm was around her, but the conversation had naturally ended. Silence usually bothers me because my natural instinct is to think something is wrong.... (maybe my toddler has something to do with this)...But as I sat there in the quiet with Erin, a warm peaceful feeling came over me. For the fist time I wasn't bothered by the quiet. I knew right then that I would be able to share every moment, even the quiet ones, with this amazing woman.
Erin quoted a line once that described how she felt about falling in love with me, and it happened the same exact way with me....
"I fell in love the way you fall asleep. Slowly, and then all at once."
I've always heard that "when you know, you just know." Well I never could understand that phrase until I met Erin. Now, when people ask me about love I can finally say, "When you know, you just know!"
This girl and I have known each other since 6th grade when we met at church camp. She's been making me laugh ever since. We could literally quote Zoolander from start to finish! From middle school sleepovers, getting our driver's licenses, graduating high school, becoming young women and mothers, she's been there through it all. I can't imagine anyone else standing by my side on my wedding day.
Sassy AND classy, the beautiful Miss Hudson and I go way back. I first met this amazingly talented girl in high school choir. We were/are both sopranos and we performed in many musical theater productions together as well! Our common goals and interests in life have given us some unforgettable experiences together from girls night out at the opera or the symphony and even an art crawl now and then. She's always been so supportive and steadfast in her love for me. I love this girl and am so grateful to have her with me on this special day!
A surprising friendship developed with this fabulous woman- let's call her a "friend of a friend." She is dear to my heart now, no longer just a mutual acquaintance. And let's be real, Greg and I owe our entire relationship to her helping me swipe through some potential matches on that dating app that shall not be named. Haley's nurturing spirit and positive outlook on life inspired me through some hard times! I am blessed to know her and call her a sister in Christ.
Basically, this young lady was the best college roommate you could ever ask for. We made some wonderful memories at UTM together and I wish we didn't live so far apart now. Despite the distance, she's made the trek to be with me at some of the most important times of my life, including the birth of my son. When we catch up, it never feels like a day has gone by. Thanks for making the trip again, Linz! Now, let's get ready to make some more memories on my wedding day!
My masterpiece! From the day I saw the most precious eyes, I believed in miracles to the core. Such a gift God has given me, exploring in his beautiful world every day. I pray you laugh, love and soar through your journey of life, sweet Kilian. I am so blessed to have you as we begin a new journey together with Greg, Katie, and Grayson.
Jason and I met when I was in college. He needed the perfect piano playing side kick for his traveling vocal act and I fit the bill. We played hundreds of shows across the country but all of the hours spent outside of the performances were what grew our friendship. Even though he lives across the country in LA, he never hesitated for a moment when I asked him to be my best man. That's how I know he truly is.
My "little" brother and former partner in crime! With Paul, there was always some kind of trouble we were getting in to, especially if it had wheels! Currently living in Upstate New York, Paul spends his days working in our Dad's hardware store, and he always enjoys escaping to the south where he can have all the Chik-Fil-a he's been missing out on since his last visit!
I first met Chris when I was getting my start in the real estate business, and I'm so thankful to have him join me in the start of this new life chapter! I have so much respect for him as a husband, father, businessman, and brother in Christ, and I know I can always count on him to be a positive influence on my life!
I met Shawn at what I refer to as a businessman blind date. A mutual contact of ours had recently met both of us and knew we would hit it off and do many deals. Since then, not only have we been able to grow our businesses together, we have been able to grow as fathers and brothers in Christ. I am so thankful for a friend that challenges me to bec0me a better person, and encourages me to pursue excellence in everything I d... Oh, and it doesn't hurt that he is the best mortgage banker in town!
The Katie. My little princess. From her very first breath she had me wrapped around her finger. She just finished Kindergarten, and she is excited to become a "grader" in the Fall! She deserves the "BEST BIG SISTER" award for how she handles her little brother Grayson. She has one of the sweetest and kindest hearts you'll ever meet. Katie continues to inspire me to become a better father on a daily basis.
My Prince Charming in training. Grayson seems to have the gift of smiling his way into getting pretty much whatever he wants and making it seem like it was your idea! My favorite moments with him include making up songs in the car and cuddling up on the couch.