I've blogged before about how Nate and I met, but it all happened one year ago today: 06/06/10. Here's our story:
In June 2010, Nate and Alyssa both traveled to Kansas City for a wedding. Because they have so many mutual friends, they knew of each other but had never really talked. Nate noticed Alyssa at the wedding but didn't approach her.Seriously? I feel like we deserve a feature article in the Southwest Airlines' Spirit Magazine, but I don't think they accept submissions or pitches, which is too bad. Maybe a commercial? We are already getting free round trips for the honeymoon with our Rapid Rewards points.
The next day, Alyssa went to the airport to fly back to Nashville. She boarded her plane and the flight was completely full—not an empty seat! Just as the plane was ready to push back from the gate, a flight attendant came over the intercom explaining that a woman with two small children really needed a seat, and would anyone be willing to give up a seat for a later flight and a generous compensation? Alyssa isn't one to pass up a great deal and save some money, so she quickly volunteered to give up her seat. She got off the plane and sat back down in the terminal to wait for her flight four hours later.
Nate was flying back to Louisville that evening, but hadn't checked exactly what time his flight was leaving. He arrived at the airport with bags in hand three hours early. Just as he turned the corner past security, he saw Alyssa.
Alyssa was sitting there finishing up her Caesar salad (courtesy of Southwest) when she heard, "Alyssa!" She looked up and was glad to see a familiar face when she had such a long wait. Nate sat down and the two of them talked until Nate boarded his plane for Louisville.
Nate wished he was still talking to Alyssa, and after Alyssa got back to Nashville, she couldn't stop thinking about Nate. Three weeks later, Nate visited Nashville for their first date. In September, Nate put seminary on hold to move to Nashville and pursue Alyssa. Nate had only been living in Nashville for a week when he asked Alyssa to pray about marriage. (Nate really knows how to get after it!) He proposed on January 1, 2011 and Alyssa said yes. They are getting married on July 9, 2011 in Nashville.
33 days until the wedding!