My little brother is getting married! Since the way they met is really funny, I'll let Andrew tell the story:
We both went to Texas A&M University with the same priority: Get an engineering degree (mine in electrical, hers in chemical). But if we were both honest, it would have been nice to find someone to marry too. Both of us succeeded in the engineering degree, but came up short finding a spouse.
Approaching graduation, both my of my sisters got married which shifted the family's focus to my singleness. A real thrill for a 23 year old male. Even my dad chimed in with a suggested girl that he worked with (at Shell). He told me her name & said she is an active member at Houston's First Baptist Church & that I really should try to meet her, especially since I would be moving to Houston after graduation.
Of course, I never even tried First & went to Second Baptist Church exclusively. There I became involved & quickly joined a group that played sand volleyball multiple times a week. I remember playing with that group one Sunday & there was a girl there who was overly competitive yet wildly attractive wearing a Fun Run 5K shirt. I knew she probably didn't like how many jokes I cracked & that I wasn't taking the game seriously enough (I think I caught her rolling her eyes a few times). Unfortunately, she had to leave before I caught her name. One of the girls I was with later explained that the girl in the Fun Run 5K shirt, Amanda, was on her upcoming intramural team. The name rang a bell, but took me a minute to remember that it was the name my dad had mentioned.
Two weeks later, there she was at the sand volleyball court again. This time, I knew who she was but had no way of telling her that I knew who she was. We were all about to head home when she said "Ugh, I don't want to go to work tomorrow". I figured this was my chance. So, smoothly & James Bond-esque, I said "Where do you work?". She said "Shell". I said "Do you know Verlon Kiel?". She said "Yes!" very perplexed. I said "What's he like at work…?" See what I mean folks? Ronald Reagan couldn't have been any smoother.
Being the word-smith that I was, she actually friend requested me & invited me to a party at her house that weekend. Think that was kinda fast? Just wait.
After two to three weeks of the "talking" stage, we went on our first date. Classic Olive Garden & some pumpkin carving on October 11th, 2014. (Oh, did I mention that I couldn't wait for the dinner date so I asked her to lunch the day before?) Wasting no time, I wanted to plan the next date. My dad's birthday was the next day & my family would be gathering to celebrate at Pappadeaux's Seafood. Twenty-four hours after the first date, Amanda met my whole family.
After that, we were pretty much inseparable. We can count the days we've spent apart on 2 hands. By early 2015 we knew we wanted to get married. So now we are making it happen. We seriously feel so blessed to have found someone who truly is a soul mate, someone to share in all of life's ups & downs with, someone who knows you inside & out. Both of us prayed for a long time for each other, & God answered with more than we both thought was possible.
She made it to me and I made it to her.