Drew and I met in August 2010, he was a senior in high school and I was a sophomore. It wasn’t shortly after we met that we began dating and we were inseparable. We dated for 3 years until I went to college and we decided to go our separate ways. While I was away we kept in touch with each other but were both in different places in life. At the beginning of my senior year of college we got back in touch with each other. Drew drove to Greenville to take me to dinner and that night we both knew the feelings we had for each other were still there. Since then we have been together for 5 years and we fall in love with each other more and more everyday! So I guess you could say we are high school sweethearts!
We were spending the weekend at the lake with my family. To me it was a normal weekend at the lake during the summer. We were all enjoying the sunset on the dock and then I saw my sister, Kayleigh, begin to walk Hank (our dog) down to the dock. And if you have met Hank you know that he more walked (or pulled) Kayleigh down to the dock! When they got closer I could see a sign around Hank's neck that said “Mommy will you marry daddy”! It was then I realized what was soon about to happen. Drew got down on one knee and asked me to marry him (brownie points for doing it front of my whole family!) And of course I said yes! We are very excited to begin a new chapter together!
Drew was traveling across country with his dad on their motorcycles this past summer. Unfortunately this trip was abruptly cut short when Drew had an accident on July 28th. I flew to South Dakota the next day (along with my mom, Drew's mom, and his brother Seth). In a blink of an eye, our lives completely stopped in its track and there were many fears and unknowns of what lied ahead in Drew's recovery. Drew had a severe traumatic brain injury and was in a medically induced coma for 10 days. 10 days without seeing his eyes, 20 days without hearing his voice.. I just wanted my Drew back. Drew spent 2 and 1/2 weeks in the ICU fighting to come back to us and fighting all the battles that comes with being in the ICU. With time Drew began making improvements, they may have been small but they were huge in our eyes. Drew was eventually ready to begin rehab. We were so blessed to be able to take Drew to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA. Due to COVID, I could only go with Drew. I stayed with Drew in the Shepherd Center for 3 weeks while he completed his inpatient therapy. We decided to continue Drew's outpatient therapy at Shepherd's Pathways. He completed 5 weeks of outpatient therapy. On October 22nd we finally made it back home to NC after a long 3 months! Drew is a walking miracle and we are so blessed for all the answered prayers. God has had his healing hands on Drew since the accident and He continues to heal Drew everyday. We are thankful that we can be a testimony of God's faithfulness and the miracles he has worked through this journey. And we are so thankful to be able to become one in God's name in front of all our family and friends!