The first time I laid eyes on you was at the college group at Shelter Cove, and I thought to myself this is the most attractive man I have ever seen. Then the group started and I found myself clinging on to every word you spoke not wanting to miss a single thing you had to say. My attraction to you got my attention, but it was your heart and passion for God that pulled me in. It was at Denny’s with a bunch of people where a conversation about the TV show Bridezillas came up, you said that show made you feel better about your chances of finding someone. The same thing I would say! In that moment I thought, “OMG, I need the chance to have some one on one time with this person because I think he could be my person”.
Life unfolded and that chance never came about, but I held onto the movie romance feeling that you gave me and never really gave up on the idea of you. Even when you moved away and went back home to Oregon my desire to know you remained. I had heard stories about how God brought some different couples together in ways that only God could. My relationship track record not the greatest, and my quest to find love seeming really hopeless I found myself wondering if I would ever meet my other half, or if that even existed for me.
But with these stories God placed hope in my heart and I began believing that the amazing love stories I heard could happen to me. I was reminded of you and I told myself if Brian is my person God will move him back just for me. I didn’t really know if you were the one, but it was the idea of you and what you represented in my mind that I took with me. You represented a Christian man with morals and values like mine, and with the one thing I needed and wanted in someone more then anything..a man after God’s heart. Needless to say when I caught wind that you were in fact moving back to Modesto my heart and mind were filled with butterflies and excitement.
The hopeless romantic in me wondered if this could be it. And then I heard how smitten you were with someone else, and that was it…I was done and the idea of you was over. Until…..the best headache of my life happened. The first week of the semester was here and with a random Facebook update that informed people that it must be the first week of school because of my never ending headache my life changed forever. Out of the blue you commented and said, “Oh is that what that is” and me and my curiosity needed to know exactly how you meant that. Unsure if it was intended to be snarky or not I sent you a message asking how you’ve been knowing that your response would give me the answer.
You gave me your number, we met up for coffee that lasted for hours and the rest is history.
(I guess you’d say I got my answer)
I will always look at you as the greatest blessing in my life, as well as a physical reminder of God’s promises, love and faithfulness. Your unconditional love that you show me everyday is my stability when life gets hard, courage when I need to be brave, and hope when life gets dim. it has also really helped me better understand God and His love for me. Something which I have always struggled with really understanding and accepting. But because of your unconditional, selfless love, I look at God with different eyes. Because if this human man can love me so much, then the amount of love God has for me is inconceivable. And to be able to be aware and experience the love of God fully and begin to understand how deep His love runs is the greatest gift you could have ever given me. (although I still really like getting gifts) Thank you for being a true representation of Christ. For loving me as Christ loves the church.
There are so many things I love about you. I love your heart. I love how pure and honest and childlike in the best way it is. I love that you live in the moment, and that time doesn’t rule you. That you can stay calm in the midst of crazy, and keep a level head in extreme emotion. I love that you can find joy in the simplest of things. And that your heart aches for adventure as much as mine. I love the way you say my bebe’s when answering the phone, and how you see the best in everyone.I love your tenderness and sweet spirit, and how above all you value what God values, not what this world says we should. I am truly honored to spend the rest of my life learning more and more about you, growing, and sharing everything with you.
I have missed out on a lot of living, but you have given me my life back. I get to experience life all over again. When I’m with you I feel like a kid who is seeing life again for the first time. Where everything and everyday is a magical adventure. You have given me my very own real life romantic comedy; the story of us. In return I promise to try my best to live everyday like it’s the last, and not take one day with you for granted. To keep life in perspective and not sweat the small stuff. I promise to not finish off any dessert before you have had a chance to have a bite, unless you take too long.
I promise to love you as deeply as a person can love, and to make the story of us one of the greatest love stories ever told. The movie, “The Vow” expresses what’s in my heart so perfectly: I vow to help you love life, to always hold you with tenderness and to have the patience that love demands. To speak when words are needed and to share the silence when they are not, and to live within the warmth of your heart and always call it home.
I love you…it’s like a forever and always sort of thing.
Growing up, I always had an abstract idea of what love could be.
You hear all the songs, you see it on TV and in movies, and in the back of my head I always wondered if that was something I would ever be so blessed to experience.
I had a nickname, “Single Engle,” I hated it so, so much,
And with life as chaotic and random as it is, I started to doubt I’d ever be so lucky.
And at one point I knew for certain
that I wouldn’t feel the sort of love that I saw on TV.
Because I met you, and I saw true love.
The sort that is real, and that changes you.
The sort that focuses your day when you wake up and immediately start daydreaming of that one person that is beginning to mean the world to you more and more all the time.
The sort that keeps your heart growing.
The sort that, the moment I hear your voice, no matter how long it’s been since we’ve actually seen each other, immediately fills my entire world with a sense of peace, and of right.
The kind that doesn’t change, even when feelings do.
The kind that is sure, the kind that is bright, the kind that is lasting.
Brandon, over there, my roommate at the time,
had the privilege of seeing me the day I came home
after our first “quick” five-hour cup of coffee.
And Ben, right here, can attest to my total lack of focus the next day at work.
And no doubt both of them can vouch for the very sudden change in my heart the moment you came into my life.
It is as if something inside me started to breathe again, and I began to feel more deeply, as if everything started to matter just a little bit more.
There’s not a person in my life, in fact, that has known me for any time at all,
who wouldn’t immediately recognize how sharing life with you
has changed me for the better.
And in my heart I know without a doubt that I’ll never be who I was created to be without you.
You have been there to listen to my many crazy stories, with joy, might I add, and have made me feel like the most amazing person in the world (A feeling I do my best to give right back every chance that I can get)
When I felt alone, when I felt lost, you welcomed me into your family, that Thanksgiving together with you and your parents I felt at home for the first time in as long as I could remember.
And for those many, many times when God and I got into disagreements about who it is I am called to be, You always remind me of who I am, You always believe in me, You always encourage me.
You are my soulmate, you are my helpmate, and I truly and deeply thank God for you.
You are fiercely passionate about what you believe and know, and as I’m learning how to stay on the right side of that passion, It blows me away to see your brilliance , your determination and your resilience, and above all, your desire to do the right thing.
This chapter of life we’ve been apart has been slow, at times it seemed unending, and always painful and hard, but with every passing day I became more sure that you and I were especially made to be together.
I want to be there to see you become the person God has called you to be, I want to be the one who builds a home and a life with you and hears all of your stories and lets you know you are the most amazing person in the world.
I want to show you how beautiful you are in every spectacular and intricate way especially when you don’t feel it for reasons I will never understand.
I want to be the one who celebrates your victories, holds you through moments of pain, and reminds you of all the reasons to have hope.
You do all that for me, and more, and I’ve got just one lifetime to repay you.
And I couldn’t be more honored than to spend it with you.
So, Tiffany Breanne, Currently McElroy,
I vow to always remind you of who you are to always hold you high and to always see the best in you.
I vow to always be proud of you to celebrate you and to always find new ways to show my love and appreciation for you.
I vow to put you first and to keep you safe to always be your safe place to land to always encourage you, defend you, to live with our future in mind, and to give you reasons to dream, to find joy and to make the most of all of life’s adventures.
I vow to love and to have only ever you, to always be your best friend, to always, always be faithful to you in thought, in heart, in word and in action, to listen to the needs of your heart and to always be the person you need me to be – even when it means I have to grow.
I vow to have the hard conversations with you, to be honest, to face all of life together, to build a family with you that honors God and one another, to do what is right, and to be the sort of man you are proud to stand by.
I vow to always hear you, to be gentle and soft, to always respect you, and to always see your side of things before I try to offer my own.
I vow to share everything with you, to be open, to be myself, to cherish you, to paint you in the best of light, and to make sure that, through everything, you have the best of me, for all of our days.
To do so would make me the happiest man in the world.
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3 Sentence Love Story
It all began in a coffeeshop, which doubled as a cajun place. What started as a simple catching-up between acquaintances became a conversation that went on for hours and hours, and we both knew that there was so much more we wanted to share! We went on adventures, became best friends, and fell in love, and one day, he asked me if we could share all of life’s adventures together, and I agreed 🙂