In honor of our 3 year anniversary this past Tuesday, I thought I would share with you all how Brad and I met.
It was a whirlwind and all happened kind of fast. We originally met on a blind date….yes I know…crazy! It was on the 4th of July and making the decision to go meet him was a hard one for me. I don’t do awkward situations, especially on purpose! Believe it or not, it was my mom that encouraged me to go! “What do you have to lose by going to meet him in an environment you’re comfortable with and when you have somewhere else to go?”
Brad, my husband, went to college at Iowa State with one of my brother’s friends. It was this friend that said I must meet this guy. I was hesitant at first and actually put it off for months…6 to be exact. Finally, the 4th of July came around and my brother and his friends were all getting together to hang out. Brad would be there if I wanted to meet him. My original answer was “ok” but after a day or so I changed my mind. I was dressed and getting ready to head to my friend’s house when my mom pulled me aside and said she thought I should go and meet him. It was with people I knew my entire life and people I was comfortable with. He was the only person I wouldn’t know and I had somewhere else to go. If it didn’t work out, then leave! No. Big. Deal. I’d be lying if I didn’t say there were some tears involved before agreeing to go. (Those kinds of things really stress me out!) She prayed for me and off I went. I was a surprise to him because last he heard I wasn’t coming. We ended up hitting it off and he even went to my friends house with me later on that evening.
I’d love to say it was smooth sailing from there but…no dice! We went on our first date just 3 days later to a Royals’ game (GO ROYALS!!). We had a great time and he got me out of my comfort zone to sing the song “I’ve Got Friends in Low Places” with him. Our dates continued and I was really enjoying getting to know him. He was a really great guy with a heart for the Lord and I LOVED that! He had this desire to move to Haiti in a year and do missions overseas for about a year, possibly more. WOAH….I definitely put the brakes on! This is not at all what I felt like God was calling me to do with my life. I didn’t feel called to leave Kansas City. In my mind, I was supposed to stay in Kansas City, finish getting my teaching degree and start teaching in Liberty where I grew up. Haiti was NOT part of that plan. I was confused as to why God would put a guy in my life that our life plans weren’t going to match up. I was falling for him more everyday so after digesting this news, I decided I was ready to end the relationship. I couldn’t keep falling in love with him when he was going to move overseas and I wasn’t going to go with him. I talked this over with my mom and once again she had great advice. “A lot can happen and change in a year….for both of you. Give it time, kylie girl.” So, I did.
About 6 months into our relationship, on Christmas Eve, God showed me that Brad was the guy I was going to spend the rest of my life with. I knew that I never wanted to experience another Christmas without him. I didn’t know what our future would entail (Haiti ended up not happening for either of us) but I knew that I was supposed to experience life and all God had to offer with Brad by my side. I’m a planner and I like to know what is going to happen, but God was once again, showing me that He is in charge and His plans for my life are going to be way better than my own.
We started talking marriage after this and after 11 months of dating, we got engaged. Our wedding was set for 7 months later in January of 2013. This is a day I will forever remember, as it is the day that I got to marry the love of my life. The adventures I have already experienced and the ones I have to look forward to being married to him are endless. I’m so excited to share more of our story with you!