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HOW WE MET
Love is a beautiful thing, especially when God has His way in your relationship with the person that you love. Since God put us together, we have been striving to give God all the glory, honor, and praise as we walk together in the commitment that we will one day share for a lifetime. Our relationship began on July 19, 2003. Before dating we met and talked over the internet through instant messenger. At that time, we were both in high school but at separate schools. We started talking because one of us had heard about the other through a friend. Not knowing that we would ever have a chance of dating each other we continued talking and telling each other about our lives, this portion of our story started around May 2003. After talking to each other for close to a month, both of us had completed Driverâ€™s Ed in June 2003, and one day out of the blue started talking to each other over the phone.
July 1, 2003, we arranged to meet each other at that annual 4th of July celebration held at the Oakboro fairgrounds. At the fair, one of us brought our parents and the other brought a close friend. As we anxiously looked for each other at the fair, it began to rain. Although it started raining, we did not give up our search for one another instead we got our friends to help us find one another. Upon meeting, we both decided to ride the tilt-a-whirl, and later were kicked off the ride because of our lack of listening skills.
July 12, 2003, was our first date to Twin Harbor with Paigeâ€™s parents, sister, and future brother-in-law. While we were at the lake, we went for a swim. Later that night we shared our first dance at the production that was held by the pool.
July 19, 2003, was the day that we started our relationship together. This day was amazing, considering neither of us had ever thought we would end of dating each other or even getting married in the future. This is a day that we remember and keep dear to our hearts as we have looked back over the years and seen how God has brought us closer to Him, and how He has helped us to grow mature not only in our lives but in our relationship with one another.
Matthew and Paige’s engagement was rather a surprise, but a decision that they had been praying about for some time. On December 21, 2007, they decided to go out for their Christmas dinner date. That night, Matthew drove to Carrabba’s Italian Grill in Matthew’s located near the famous Home Depot where Daniel Seagraves was working at the time. After arriving at Carrabba’s, they were seated at a booth and ordered their meal. While waiting for the waitress to serve their food, they decided to go ahead and exchange gifts. Matthew shared his gift first by giving Paige a pair of earrings that she had been asking for. Then Paige’s turn had come; she gave Matthew a pair of one year Bibles and explained that before marrying each other she would like for them to read the Bible all of the way through.
After Matthew finished looking through the Bible, he mentioned that he had forgot to give Paige her Christmas card. He also mentioned that he wanted to read it, which she thought was fine, but yet weird. Upon pulling out the card, Matthew shuffled around his leather jacket and pulled a ring box out and sat it on the table in front of her while he read the card (see below); at the end, asked Paige to marry him. Of course She said, “Yes!” After he proposed, Paige gave him a gift that she had prepared for the day that he proposed to her. Paige gave him a scrapbook that still needs to be finished, but it was a scrapbook about their relationship over the years.
Later after Paige looked at her ring in unbelief, the newly engaged couple shared the details about the engagement to their waitress who gave us a complimentary dessert called “The Chocolate Dream,” which is now our favorite dessert. After leaving the restaurant, Matthew and Paige decided for Daniel Seagraves to be the first to know about the engagement since he worked at the Home Depot behind the restaurant, and then they called Helen to tell her the good news. From there, they went to New Creation and bought a card to tell his parents and his sister about the engagement and later called the rest of the world, it seemed, to tell the good news.
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