We couldn't be happier that you are here! It's such a blessing to be able to celebrate with people that we love as we head towards this really incredible milestone in both of our lives! Thank you for taking the time to be here, and thank you for your continued prayers for us during our engagement and into our marriage!
Speaking of prayers, if you look down below, you'll see a small prayer that we wrote at a retreat we both attended for engaged couples. It's nothing extravagant or insightful, but it IS right from our hearts, and so we pray it every night for a long and happy marriage. If you feel so inclined, feel free to join us in that venture! You can never have too many prayers!
Regardless of whether you use our prayer or not, we ask that you keep us in your thoughts and prayers! It's an exciting time, and once again, we are incredibly thankful that we get to go through it surrounded by people who love us!
We can't wait to celebrate with everyone on the day that will go down in history (at least in our minds): June 9th, 2018!
-Kirby & Alex
Father God, we ask You to bless our marriage and send down upon us all the graces we could possibly ever need to continue our journey towards You. We know that things won’t always be perfect, but we trust that You will send Your Holy Spirit down upon us to set in our hearts a passion for You and for each other.
Keep us ever growing towards each other in our journey towards You, and give us peace on our journey to Heaven.
We ask all of this through Your most holy and precious name,
A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, a simple young lad met a beautiful queen in a turn of strange circumstances. There was a bit of an age difference, but that didn’t stop them from forming a strong friendship and eventual relationship that was so strong and beautiful, it seemed to throw that whole galaxy in a loop.
It was August of 2010 when we first met. We had actually gone to school together since we were in elementary school, though we were in different grades so we had never met (though our moms volunteered together in our elementary school library for years). We were both on the cross country team for Cardinal Newman. I was a sophomore and had been on the team before. He was a freshman and was just starting out. We were doing distance this particular day, and I remember he was beating me on this run. I was kind of upset about this, because I had been on the team already, so I should be one of the fast ones (even though I barely practiced all summer and after last season). So I made it my goal to just beat him. If I could beat Alex that day/week/season, all would be right. We hit a stopping point for water and he and I just made casual conversation. I was still a little irritated that he, a newbie, was faster than me. But we seemed to hit it off, telling funny stories of injuries and whatnot. I didn’t think much of it, other than the fact that I knew I had to beat him.
Practices continued and I still wasn’t getting any faster. But then fate struck. Alex managed to get a stress fracture in his foot, which put him out for the season. So then I hit my goal of beating him and all was right with the world. The End.
Just kidding that clearly wasn’t it. He stayed on the team to help with water and timing people. Time came for the first real meet of the season. We had a race at Hammond, and when we got to the school, our coach wanted us to walk the course so we would be familiar with it before the race started. I went with some of my friends, and Alex came too. We walked and talked, telling more funny stories and having a great time. Before I knew it, the course was over. I remember being kind of sad, because I wanted to spend more time talking to him because he was so fun and easy to talk to. From then on, I made myself a new goal. I was going to talk to Alex any chance I got. Funny enough what I didn’t know was he was thinking the same thing.
Since then, we have been through a lot together. We started going to youth group together, eventually making our faith our own and something we grew together in. We went to homecoming dances, proms, and fancy dates at Olive Garden. We graduated and ended up at the best university in America (Clemson *cough* 56-7 *cough*). We’ve written letters, prayed together, and learned to swing dance. It’s been a journey, one we wouldn’t trade for the world. And though we both stopped running after that season, we gratefully remain running towards Christ together, side-by-side, and will continue to do so in the many years to come.