I met Matt, well, when I was born. Matt was 5 years old and I was his new baby sister. I’m sure that, when he saw me for the first time, he was filled with awe and wonder. Growing up, I definitely took Matt for granted. As the second youngest child, with 5 siblings (four of them boys), it felt like there was a bit too much testosterone in our house. My brothers bullied me, as most brothers do, but, in their defense, I was really annoying at the best of times.
But now that I am all grown up, hopefully more mature and less annoying, I cherish my oldest brother, Matt. He is a wonderful brother. He’s crazy smart, insightful, loyal, loving, hilarious and always willing to beat up any boys that try and get close to me. He has taught me a lot about life, relationships and God. And I am indebted to his persistance, for God used his stubborness to bring me to church and lead me to Christ.
I met Carissa almost 5 years ago. The moment I met her I felt like she was my sister. It was a weird feeling and one that I expressed to her very quickly. A couple months after I met her, she decided to go to Finland to be a nanny for three months and I thought, “Holy cow! We need to hang out before she goes!” When we hung out, I told her that, even though I barely knew her, in my heart she was my sister. It was like God bound our hearts together in preparation for what was to come. He’s funny like that.
A couple of years later, Matt confessed to my mother and I that he was fond of Carissa (i.e. he was crushin’). I watched as Matt took it to prayer, told Carissa that he liked her and then both of them prayed about their potential relationship for about 6 months. Wow. They wanted to do dating right and they wanted God to be the center of their relationship. Eventually, they started dating and then got engaged after a year. They’ve now been married for a year and a half and it’s been awesome! They are a wonderful couple and I am so excited to see how God uses them to change the world. I’m also excited for when they have little ones in their likeness, but I hear that will be awhile. ;)
Enjoy the photos below and I am going to make some soup because I am sick. Ugh…
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