Well I promised a story and that’s what you’re going to get. I figured I’d make it fun and tell you guys from my point of view and Larry would tell you from his. And maybe it would explain our hashtag

My side…

I use to attend a young adult service at a church and got involved and ended up following their instagram page. After a while I quit attending, but still saw their stuff on my instagram feed. One day back in January I saw a post of theirs and it was a picture of guy (super hot) doing a spoken word. So, of course like any other single girl I found his personal IG and stalked and noticed he had quite a few followers and figured what are the odds he’s going to notice I followed him? Well apparently higher than expected and I got a follow back. Like any other girl, I’m freaking out and then to top it off he decides to message me. So I’m sure you know how much more I’m freaking out and imagine that times ten. It was a casual get to know you conversation that lasted a few days. Let me add that one of those days he didn’t message me at all and I freaked out thinking I did something wrong the whole day. Anyway he asked for probably the third time if he could have my number and I agreed. Finally! After several days of texting and a couple phone calls he asked me out or I asked him out. Not sure which one. He would probably say I asked him, but I beg to differ. He had been out of town for a few days and literally drove home on a Saturday and we went out on our first date that night. He picked me up and we went to my favorite restaurant and it was probably one of the most awkward things I had ever done. I had only known him for a few weeks and only saw him once in person before this. Now I know what you’re thinking… it was obviously the greatest night of my life. Now that we are where we’re at now I can joke about this and say that it was super awkward and if someone would have asked at the time if we would be together five months later I would have probably said no. BUT fast forward 24 hours later and we’re texting and talking about the date and I already decided I liked him and wanted to go out again and he on the other hand wasn’t feeling it. That didn’t stop me! I told him he needed to stop being scared and trust the Lord. So, the next date we text some more and out of no where he asked me to go out with him that night. Of course I said yes, but wasn’t sure what it was going to be like because last we talked he wasn’t sure if he would want to continue this. He picked me up and we went to eat and talk for HOURS and HOURS about what we wanted in a marriage and kids and everything. Right before we got up to leave he asked me if we could official start “talking”. Yes, a little old school, but that okay. My response was YES! but you have to talk to my dad. Let me mention that it was the day before Valentine’s Day and he was so sweet that he got me a bag full of my favorite snacks. So, we went to dinner the next week with my parents and the next week he came to the house and asked my dad for permission for us to further this and become officially BF and GF. Five months later here we are! I have fallen SO in love with this man and didn’t even know it was possible to love someone so much. He pursues the Lord with everything in him. He puts God first in every situation. He loves me like no one else. I’m so blessed to call him mine and I can’t wait to see what God has planned for us.

His side…

So, I’m on staff at my church. My pastor and Young Adult leader visited New Vision a while ago and met with the college pastor there. A few months later, they reached out to us in pursuit of someone to add some creative elements to their College Ministry called The Point. Anthony, our Young Adult leader, sent them my information. They wanted me to come out and do a spoken word for their college kickoff to start the new year. Gladly, I booked the gig! The night of the event, I met with the leaders and we talked about life. They asked me if I had a girlfriend. I told them I was praying about it and I am definitely looking! They laughed and jokingly (but not jokingly) said, “You may find her tonight!” Well… I guess technically I did! The event, went well! The next day, they tagged me in an Instagram post of the night before. I began getting followers shortly after. Okay… like ANY single Christian man, I scoped out every girl that followed me. I was just curious. Then I get a follow from @madisonrenee.ave. I followed her back and began stalking. I go over the necessities in my head: Christian? Check! Beauty? Check! Are her parents cool with black dudes? Hmm.. I don’t know! But I knew I had to find out! So, I notice a blog link in her bio. BINGO! This is my way in! I began reading the blog and it’s SO LONG! But I knew I had to read the entire thing, so I could honestly tell her I read her blog. So after a couple days, I finally finished! After a few conversations with my friends Trell, Anthony, Lamar, Jessica, and Nicole, I decided to reach out to her. So, I began thinking… what’s the proper approach? We have no mutual friends. So it was time for plan b… I had to slide in dem DM’s! So, I did just that. Soon after, we exchanged numbers and we set up a “date”. The first date, I was just getting to know her. Because I wasn’t all googly eyed over her, she thought I hated my time with her that day. That wasn’t true! After the date, I began asking my friends for advice. I was hesitant at first. I just wanted to be sure that this is what The Lord wanted. After talking to them, I called her that night. We talked for a little bit and I completely opened up to her. After spilling my heart out, she responded, “You should just stop being a punk and commit!” … I fell in love that night. The next day was the day before Valentine’s Day, so I decided to buy her some of her favorite snacks that she told me she enjoyed back during our DM days. During this date, I went in! I asked every question from her favorite color to her thoughts on marriage. She answered everything perfectly. Before we left O’Charley’s, I told her I think we should date. She started crying and said, “Okay… but you have to meet my dad!” Say whaaaaaaaa? Wow! Okay! Cool, let’s set it up! So, her family takes me out to eat and we have a grand time! I end the date with, “Soooo, I’m serious about your daughter. I would love to date her if that’s okay with you.” Pastor Duane looked at me, smiled and said, “Larry, I think you’re great. I’ll pray about it.” Say whaaaaaaa? Okay! Cool! Let me know what The Holy Spirit says! A week later, we meet again, he gives me the go-ahead, and here we are! 5 months later! I went from using her blog as a way in, to blogging along side her! Look at God!

Enjoy a few bloopers from the other day…

7 thoughts on “#instabae

  1. “Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.”

    So happy for and proud of you Larry. May God continue to use and bless you both.

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