Okay, I LOVE hearing people’s love story. Seriously. It’s my favorite.
If you’ve been around me personally, you’ve probably heard me say things about how fast mine and my husbands relationship went.
I mean, it did. We definitely put the Duggars to shame.
Here it goes…
Currently we’ve been married almost three years. I absolutely LOVE BEING MARRIED. MAtt is amazing, and I truly feel like God hand picked him out for me. He’s 30, I’m 26.
So back track. We met 7 years ago at church. We were in a small group together, and ironically became members of legacy at about the same time. He jokes that he was always leading me. (Awwwww)
We didn’t really talk honestly. We knew each other and that was about it. Fast forward, that life group became too big so it was split into two. We weren’t put in the same group. So we didn’t really talk for a couple years. About 4 years later I saw him at a church event. I went over and said hi and invited him to the life group I was co leading. He came and we started a friendship.
So the crazy part of this story was that I was supposed to be going to Bosnia for 2 years. I had already gone for 3 years, and was planning on returning. I truly felt like God was calling me there.
About a month before matt and I reconnected I was praying, I was starting to REALLY have doubts about going to another country for so long, I kind of pushed that aside. Everyone knew I was wanting to go back. How was I even to bring it up? “Ugh I thought I was called to something…and was wrong.”
So I prayed. I was confused and the only thing that I could think of praying was “God if you want me to stay here, show me who my husband is.”
I really don’t pray like that. Like ever. I don’t bargain like that. To be honest, I was also really content with being single. I mean I was planning on moving to another country…alone.
So anyway, Matt and I reconnected, and he started asking me out for coffee. We would get together for coffee and literally talk for HOURS. I’m talking like seven hours. Just about life, our dreams, Jesus, the Bible. Everything.
I was so confused at this point. I had never had a boyfriend, and here I was about to leave the country, and this guy comes out of nowhere. He was perfect for me. He loved Jesus. Everything I had ever wanted was HIM.
After a few coffee dates he told me he liked me. Not only that, he showed me the list of qualities he wanted to find in a wife. I’m not going to lie. It was me. Everything. It was me. Spontaneous, mission and I reached minded, wanted to be a stay at home mom. All of it.
Well, there was still this big trip I was supposed to go on. He still wanted me to go. He encouraged me to go and that he would wait for me. I knew he would. At this point I was so confused. I knew what I had prayed.
So, we decided to fast and pray together. We wanted to do what God wanted.
The day we were fasting we were both led to read 2 Corinthians 1. Where Paul was going to go back to Corinth a second time…and God changed his plans.
Just like me. I was going to go back to Bosnia a second time…but my plans got changed.
He is faithful.
We knew we wanted to get married. We knew we were going to get married….so our motto was “why wait?!”
So we didn’t. Six weeks after we were officially dating we tied the knot at a courthouse.
It was perfect. It was us and a few friends and it was perfect. It’s all I wanted.
Side note-I’ve always said I wanted to elope…and I once said that in a group where matt was before we dated. He’s said that’s what started to spark his interest in me. 😂
I get asked a lot if I regret not having a wedding. The honest truth is no. Not at all. I just wanted to be with him and never cared about a big wedding.
I always tell people if you want a wedding you should do it. You only (hopefully) get to do this once. Only elope if you know you won’t regret it.