How we Met
We first met in high school. We lived in different parts of Texas and had a mutual friendship. At that time, our relationship was simply a friendship. However, we stayed in touch through our college years. We would periodically connect online. Our first in-person lunch, reconnecting after 6 years of not seeing one another, lasted for 3 hours and we both left knowing we wanted to know each other more. Colin began to very intentionally pursue a deeper friendship with Jeleah and shortly after reconnecting shared his desire to date. Out of a respect and care for each other, we wanted to date with a purpose. So our dating relationship was pretty serious right from the start. While Jeleah lived in Nashville and Colin in Dallas, we talked regularly for hours. We’d talk about everything from our spiritual beliefs, to family dreams, to favorite hobbies, what we were learning and everything in between. Colin was fortunate enough to work for an airline which provided us frequent opportunity to visit on weekends. We often spent our Saturdays exploring, eating & listening to live music as we talked and grew our relationship. We would say that we had a very strong feeling that from the day we started officially dating that we would never separate. We dated 6 months before Colin asked Jeleah to marry him, then after a 6 month engagement we said “I do” in Dallas surrounded by our closest friends & family.
Some of our favorite traditions in our family surround birthdays! We start the day with a special breakfast of pancakes so the birthday person can start their day with a candle & a birthday wish! We also gift experiences over things. From aquariums to arcades to water parks, we have found the memories made to be so much more valuable than any toy could be. Then we also always have both sides of the family over to grill and eat cake. Celebrating each family members is a favorite of ours for sure!