Stephanie and Patrick

How We Met

It was 2011 and I was just getting out of a very bad marriage. I was now a single mom to a 6 year old little boy with special needs and had no idea what the future was going to hold for us. It was then I was introduced to the world of online dating. You see all the commercials and hear all the stories and I thought well hey it can’t hurt to try!  I had a little boy who needed me and didn’t really have time to go out so it seemed like the only way to meet someone at the time. I wasn’t looking for anything serious, but that all changed when I came across Pat’s profile. I was immediately drawn to him because his picture was one of him and his little girl.

I thought to myself he looks like an amazing Dad.  We started chatting and getting to know each other and about a month later we had our first date at Pearl Street Brewery. I can honestly say it was love at first sight! We both didn’t want the night to end! After a few more dates he asked if I would be his girlfriend and from that moment on my future was no longer so scary.  I knew then that I loved him more than I’ve ever loved anyone and I was finally happy! We’ve been together almost 6 years now and he is an amazing father just like I thought not only to his daughter but to my son and our 3 month old baby boy! I thank God for him every day!

How He Asked

It was Friday October 14th and for weeks he had been telling me he wanted to take me somewhere for dinner, it was a surprise for sweetest day so he wouldn’t tell me where. I was about 12 weeks pregnant with our rainbow baby and we just found out it was a boy!! We had a miscarriage 2 years before this so we were beyond excited and blessed to have this little Angel baby. When I finally started feeling better he wanted to take me out for a nice dinner! We started driving and we’re headed downtown and finally we pulled up to Pearl Street Brewery! I thought how cute we haven’t been here since our first date! We sat down and had an amazing dinner and oddly he kept checking his phone but I thought nothing of it.

I started feeling tired and wanted to go home to rest but he wanted to take me up to the balcony where we spent most of our first date first to watch the sunset. I thought OK we don’t get out much just a little longer then we can go. We walked out on the balcony and he hugged me so tight looking out at the sky and said “do you know how much I love you?” I answered of course I do and gave him a kiss. I was getting cold so I wanted to get back inside and as I turned to go to the door he said wait a minute. Everything from the moment on was in slow motion. I remember hearing “let me do what I came here to do” and turned around to find him on one knee with the most beautiful ring ever.

I covered my face and said what about a million times and began to cry tears of joy and he finally said so is that a yes?!! Of course it was!! I was so surprised I had no clue! Just as he proposed, my mother and sister were walking up to the restaurant! My dad, stepmom and best friends were there too! He had it all planned! All of the important people in my life were there to celebrate our happiness!! It was honestly the best night of my life!! A memory I’ll cherish forever!!