From Britney, "I Met My Perfect Match! 'I’m so glad we both showed up here' is a phrase that is used often in our home. That is exactly how our story began, we both showed up in Fayetteville, North Carolina. After a year at the Career Course in Arizona, Chris was stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC, and after a year of graduate school, I was offered my dream job of teaching 2nd grade in Fayetteville. Chris and I had both just finished the end of two very long chapters of our lives and were finally moving on. In November 2013, my friends talked me into making a Match.com profile and after two very torturous dates, I was ready to give up on that idea. Chris’s friends, who also met through Match.com, talked him into making a profile around the same time and one Friday night, he sent a message to one lucky girl and went on his way. That girl was me! We went on our first date in December 2012. I have never been more nervous for a date in my life! We sat talking for hours and later found out that we had both fallen in love right then and there. It is very true what they say, “when you know, you know.”
We got engaged on our 6 month mark and planning a beautiful June 2014 wedding and were just waiting on the day to come. We got the word that Chris would deploy in February 2014, so, as the Army has taught us, we rolled with the punches and planned a brand new, completely different wedding for December 2013. It was the most gorgeous and perfect day of our lives. Although the military has given us some challenges and kept us apart at times, it is also brought us together in the first place. I am an Army Brat through and through so I am used to the Army Strong way of life but being the wife of a soldier brings on a whole new feeling. Chris has been gone for a month now and although I miss him terribly, he will be back and we will pick up where we left off. We will make it through this because we are given the opportunity to miss the things that we love most about each other. Communication and loyalty is key, two things that we are both very good at. We pray together and let God help us through our struggles as well as relying heavily on our amazing family and friends. Through all of the distance and challenges, we know that our love is truly meant to be and together, we can overcome anything."