We first met back in early 2010 when Jared’s sister and brother-in-law introduced us. We were 19 and 17 when we started dating. Our first date was a Casting Crowns concert. We were both head over heels in love and knew we wanted this to last. One of my most memorable dates was us getting dressed up and going to a nice restaurant “for my prom”. Since I was home schooled and didn’t get to have a prom, Jared wanted to take me out and make me feel special. We went to a place called the 360 Grill. The restaurant part actually turns and overlooks the river. Another memory was the day Jared proposed. It was a warm fall day and I was totally shocked when he ask. We planted a tree and he gave such a speech of what the tree represented in our relationship, hard work, forgiveness and growth. When he asked, I don’t even think I said yes I just told him thank you. We laugh about that one a lot looking back on it. We dated for almost four years and tied the knot in fall of 2013.
Seirra is the most loving person I have ever met. Her smile lights up every room. Her voice comforts and encourages all who hear it. Her loving heart is seen in everything she does. Ever since we started dating and I began to get to know her these truths have become more and more obvious to me. She has had such an impact on my life that it is hard to imagine my life without her. She cares for me in so many ways; both words and actions. She not only cares for me but I have seen her care for others in many situations. Everyone from our own family to total strangers have been blessed by her sweet and gentle spirit. Seirra truly embodies Proverbs 31:10, “An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels.”
Jared is one of the most loving and caring people I know. He teaches me so much about truly loving others just in the way he lives his life. He is the true example of a husband and father the Bible speaks of. I love how kids just naturally love him and are drawn to him. He just has a way of getting down to their level. When he makes decisions he seeks the Lord and what’s best for our family. He thinks of others before himself. He is constantly giving of his time and resources in the hope that it might encourage someone else.