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The rest is history...
In 2012 Brian was currently serving on staff at a Church where I (Ashley) had recently accepted a position and was planning to relocate to a new city. My brother was also on Staff at the same church where Brian was serving and was good friends with him, but I had no idea. After moving over 400 miles away from what I was familiar with, I was trying to get to know people and make new friends. A mutual friend of ours who had known Brian for quite some time, continuously told Brian that he needed to reach out to me because she had told me all about him and didn’t want him to look bad. After much hesitation and fears of me thinking “who is this strange person that I have never met texting me?” Brian finally reached out. Thankfully, when I received his text, I was riding in the car with my brother and immediately said out loud “who is Brian?” and he responded with “Um, why is HE texting you?”.
After an explanation from my brother of who Brian was, what kind of person he is and whether he thought it was a good idea if I responded to his text or not, Brian and I started dating in January of 2013. After quite a few months of dating, Brian found out that our mutual friend had NEVER said anything to me about him, hence the reason I had to get all my information of who this guy was from my brother. By that point, we were already in love and the rest is history! We dated for two years and married in 2015.
Life together has brought so many joys and struggles along the way. We have learned so much about each other since we first met, first married and even since we found out we were expecting our first child. We have learned patience, found new joys in things we would have never experienced without each other, and have fully relied on The Lord throughout our marriage because He is truly the reason we are able to do life together. We strive for Christ to be at the center of our relationship and grow in our faith to be more like Him.
One of our traditions that we have had since we have been married is traveling each year with Brian's family. We have visited the mountains and beaches and everything in between and enjoy it every year. Often in the springtime, we have gone on weekend camping trips and always enjoy a traditional bonfire, roasting marshmallows and eating smores!
As an immediate family, we often find ourselves visiting Great Wolf Lodge, where we can spend the weekend at the waterpark and relaxing together.