9.21.2012

8 years of love.

Falling for this boy named Matt.

Completely in love.

We like to be silly.


First time he said he loved me.

Just got engaged!

8 months until I was Mrs. Bailey (engagement pictures)

Eight years ago this Saturday, September 22nd I started dating the fella in the pictures above. It was the best decision of my life!

A little history on how we met & fell in love....
We met at a church college group we were both attending at the time. Honestly, he annoyed me at first. haha. I told all my friends to hide me from him because he always wanted to talk to me, but I wasn't interested in him in that way yet. It took a full summer of being friends and hanging out EVERY night until I realized I couldn't imagine my life without him. We became best friends. I wanted to do everything with him. He made me the happiest girl in the world.

We dated for 3 years when he completely surprised me with the proposal. It was in February of 2007, and I was singing at a youth conference our church put on in Tennessee. I was so mad at him because he made up this whole story about why he couldn't come for the weekend. At the Saturday morning session, there were about 1,500 people and one of the directors of the conference called me on stage to help throw t-shirts to the crowd. I go on stage and throw out a couple and then turn around to see Matt walking on stage beside me! Derek, the director, starts introducing us and says that Matt has something he wants to ask me. Matt then got down on one knee and proposed in front of ALL those people! It was amazing!!! Immediately after the proposal I had to sing with the praise and worship team. My heart was fixing to explode and I couldn't think of anything else while singing except, "I'M ENGAGED!" Of course I couldn't stop glancing down at my hand at the sparkly new diamond on it! I was one happy girl.

Nine months later we were married on November 3, 2007. These past eight years have been the most amazing years of my life. They have changed me for the better. I know that no one is perfect, but Matt is pretty close in my opinion.

Matt is:
patient
selfless
never gets mad (for real)
wise
funny
easy going
creative
intelligent
motivated
ambitious
handsome
great travel buddy
amazing dad to our 3 dogs
encouraging
loves people
compassionate
fabulous cook
athletic
and much more...

I love you Matt. I enjoy each and every day with you, and the fun that we have together. I'm looking forward to a fun filled life with an amazing man like you!

xoxo
Kari

7 comments:

  1. LOVE this! I can't believe its been that long! :)

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    1. I know...time has flown by. We look so young in these pictures!

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  2. congrats!! thats quite a proposal story :) so sweet. i bet the whole crowd was "awww"ing up a storm :)

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  3. oh my gosh where has the time gone. 8 years?! love you guys and hope to find a love like yours :)

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    1. Thanks Niky! Love you, and I know one day you will find someone perfect for you!

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  4. Aw, you make such a gorgeous couple! Love reading about your journey together...lovely photos too.

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