“Our story started almost twenty-four years ago. I was two years old and he was three. His Godmother, one of my mom’s good friends, was getting married and we were asked to be part of the ceremony. I was the flower girl and he was the ring bearer. We both remember little from this day. The one thing that stands out to both of us was our dancing and running freely across the reception floor with childlike innocence. We also remembered each other’s names. We like to think of it as that first imprint on one another’s heart.
After the wedding, we didn’t see each other again for over a decade. On my first day of high school, I was sitting in my government class when in walked a new boy. His name was Briggs and he had this familiar bright blonde hair. The name was very uncommon but, for some reason, I couldn’t get it out of my head. I went home and asked my mother, ‘What was the name of that little boy from the wedding pictures?’ Just as I had suspected, my mother replied, ‘Briggs.’
The next day, I packed the wedding photo into my school bag and headed to campus. When I saw Briggs again, I tapped him on the shoulder and said, ‘Hey, I’m Brittney. Here is a photo of us when we were little.’ Now that I think about it, that was probably a creepy move. But he took it well. ‘I have that same picture hanging up on the wall at home,’ he replied, smiling.
Briggs and I remained friends until the summer going into 11th grade. There was something about his kind, God-filled heart that intrigued me. After hanging out with friends a few times, he asked me to be his girlfriend. I still remember the first time I went into his house. His mother led me to the old photograph hanging right on the wall. In that very moment, I felt completely at home. I remember thinking to myself, ‘This is the man I want to marry.’
Briggs and I went to separate colleges at first, but he eventually transferred to Minnesota State University to pursue his degree and be closer to me.
On Thanksgiving Day, 2013, he proposed. On January 10, 2015, we had the most amazing wedding. Apart from dedicating my life to Jesus, this was the best decision I ever made in my life.
Our first year of marriage was the most difficult, hands down. We had so much to learn about each other since we had never lived together. We had also never been intimate before because we had chosen to wait until marriage. Although it was a challenge, I believe our marriage was, and still is, greatly blessed.
We decided to start a family pretty quickly after being married. I found out I was pregnant one day after our first wedding anniversary.
And then found out I was pregnant with our second son when our first son was just 9 months old. Yes, we wanted them that close together! Raising a family together has been the most rewarding, difficult, and humbling experience. As parents, we make sure to keep each other a priority. Every day, we become closer and closer.
We are a loud house. We like to dance around, sing, and jump on the couches. We are all about making memories and making sure our kids feel loved by us in every way possible. Our bond is unbreakable and our faith only brings us closer.
It has been amazing to see us come together, grow up together, and becomes best of friends. I truly mean it. Briggs is the absolute best friend in the entire world. He is so funny and I enjoy being with him more than any person on the planet.
Only just recently did my husband let me in on a little secret. He looked at me and said, ‘I knew I loved you the moment I met you.’ We feel so fortunate to be able to share our love story. It is one that will last a lifetime!”
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