Taking a leap of Faith...

Updated: Apr 26, 2020

Our move from Detroit, MI to Hollywood Beach, FL ... this is our story



Hey there! Hope you've enjoyed the video of our "day in the life" of our home on Hollywood Beach :). Welcome to blog post #3! I'll stop counting after this post I promise lol. In our initial post of our anniversary in Aruba we didn't really talk much about who we are, where we're from, or even what we do for a living. We did however talk about our travel inspiration behind starting this blog in post #2. We decided our third post should be a little bit more personal to give more insight into who we really are and how we came to be. So let's go.....


“I'm starting a new life with my new wife... - Matt”

As I wrote this blog on our couch I looked over at Matt and asked him "babe what was your very first thought when we first moved into our new home?" and since Matt always keeps it short and sweet he got straight to the point "I'm starting a new life with my new wife". Awwww I remember that day like it was yesterday.... We had just drove 19 hours straight in a packed Uhaul truck from Detroit, Michigan. Matt drove about 16 of those hours but I drove the last 3 and I must say those were the hardest 3 hours of the trip. I had to drink 3 Redbulls, roll the windows down, and keep the music blasting in order to stay awake. However, when we arrived I was so excited to see our new place for the very first time that I got my second wind. We have ARRIVED!!!!


Sunset view over the Atlantic Ocean from our balcony...

How we met...

What's funny is neither of us can actually remember the very first time we met. Matt however does have one distinct memory of us... and apparently I was flirting with him. Hmmm I don't quite remember that but I will neither confirm nor deny lol. You see we both went to Martin Luther King High school in Downtown Detroit and I being the hopeless romantic that I am remember having a boyfriend for the largest part of our high school years soooo... you see my dilemma?


As Matt's story goes, one day while our English teacher Mrs. Troupe was absent and my boyfriend at the time was absent as well we were in class just having a good time enjoying the hour of freedom. Matt and I began to conversate and at some point in this hour I apparently was singing a song to Matt... Now at first I didn't believe him because that just doesn't sound like me at all but then he told me what song I was singing and it was one of my favorite love songs at the time so I'm inclined to believe him! Don't judge me! Welp there you have it guys I guess I was the one to make the first move. He then began to tell me that the next day when my boyfriend returned to school I acted as though I didn't remember any of the sparks that were flying the day before but little did either of us know that's where it all began...



How we reconnected...


Honestly until this day I don't remember the exact details of that one day in Mrs. Troupe's class but one thing I had remembered about Matt was that he was always such a gentleman. He did stand out in my memories as different from the rest of the guys in high school given that he was always so sweet and real down-to-earth. I guess that's why 7 years after graduating high school I was open to going out with Matt after he had reached out to me on FaceBook messager.


Our first date was in December of 2013 and I remember that day so vividly. It was



a snowy Friday night and Matt had just texted me to let me know he would pick me up at 7pm. He lived about an hour away from me at that time but still got to my place 20 minutes early. When I saw him for the first time in almost 7 years I was so surprised that he looked exactly how I remembered him. Note: Matt does not age. No seriously he doesn't!

These photos are in Detroit for winter 2018

Since the snow was coming down heavy that night we decided to go to the closest restaurant in the area which happened to



be an Applebees right down the street from my place. One thing I want to add is as we were leaving for the restaurant Matt opened my car door and I remember thinking "Wow that's so sweet I wonder if he will keep this up".... Almost seven years later Matt still opens my car door and any door I walk through while he's around. Chivalry is not dead... it is very much alive:).


I don't remember much about the rest of the evening but I do remember being at the restaurant talking, laughing and watching a Redwings game on TV. The entire time I felt very relaxed. It just felt like catching up with an old friend. I don't know if it was the way the snow was falling that night or if it was the way Matt looked at me but I could feel my life was about to change....


The Engagement...

We have talked everyday since our first date. If I could describe our dating journey (which lasted about 1 year and 4 mos) in a few words I would say that it was fun, adventurous, and forward-moving. Matt described it as laughs, goals, and direction. There's not enough space here to fill in all the adventures we had during that time but I will add that our dating journey was also where our Faith journey began together. We talked ALOT about the future that we wanted very early on into our dating. Both of us wanted to be married and have a family at some point. We also both wanted to live in South Florida. What are the odds huh?? But most importantly the number one thing that we talked about the most was our Faith in God's ability to lead and guide us into this beautiful life that we began to envision together.


We both grew up in Christian homes with praying mothers and grandmothers so as adults its no surprise that we've held on firmly to this Faith and to each other. We would both say that it has taken us further than we thought we could ever go. We also believe that no matter how much success we may think we have "The Best Is Still Yet To Come"!!