A forever love

  • How did you meet? We first met while attending college in Indiana over 20 years ago. After graduating we went our separate ways to different parts of the country and were both in relationships that didn’t work out and as fate would have it we both ended up in Dallas. We realized we were both in Dallas and reconnected on Facebook after meeting for the first time 18 years later and the rest is history! We have been inseparable ever since.

  • What did you first think of your partner? When we first met in college I thought he was a great guy but there was no romantic attraction for either of us at the time. We were casual acquaintances that ran in the same circles so we ran into each other quite a bit. We always say that we were destined to be together but we had some growing up to do first and that is why there was no romantic attraction the first time our paths crossed. The second time was completely different, instant attraction and chemistry-we feel like it was God’s way of saying “ok, now it’s time to be with the one I created you to be with”.

  • How did you start dating? We were both recently single and realized we both lived in the Dfw area and decided to get together for drinks to catch up. From that night until now we have been inseparable and that was over 6 years ago.

  • How did you know that your partner was the right one for you? There was an instant attraction and chemistry I can’t explain, like we had known each other our whole lives. Finishing each other’s sentences, laughing at each other’s jokes that no one else got, talking for hours on end about anything and everything. We realized we were best friends, as well as physically attracted to each other-that’s a great recipe for a successful relationship.

  • How would you describe the dynamic of your relationship? How would others describe it?My family describes Joey as “the male version of me”. They say opposites attract but we are quite similar. The differences that we do have compliment each other, his weaknesses are my strengths, and vice versa.

  • Tell me three things you love about your partner.His sense of humor, his kind heart, his passion for life

  • What are some of your partner’s quirks? What are things about your partner that drives you a little crazy — things that only you could love. He thinks it’s very funny to embarrass me in public, especially on airplanes. It’s usually pretty quiet on planes and of course no where to go, so he likes to say things that embarrass me and I begin laughing and can’t stop. It’s like laughing in church, because you are trying to be quiet it makes everything that much funnier. I love that he always makes me laugh but it drives me crazy on planes, he thinks it’s hysterical.

  • How did the proposal happen? His parents where in town visiting for the Christmas holiday, and unbeknownst to me the whole family was in on the proposal. He had his parents get the ring in Louisville (where they are from) because of a jewelry store there they love. He was in on every detail, texting back and forth, sending photos back and forth until they got the “perfect” ring. They brought the ring with them, and Joey had planned to propose on New Year’s Eve. On December 28th we were having a great discussion with his parents about life-and the mood struck him at that very moment. He came down from upstairs and got on one knee and pulled a ring box from his pocket, opened it, and said “will you marry me?” Later on I found out he had planned to do it New Year’s, but got so excited he couldn’t wait that long-that’s what made it so special, it wasn’t over the top but heartfelt and spontaneous-all the reasons why he’s the man I’ve chosen to spend the rest of my life with :)

  • Name three memorable experiences you’ve been through together as a couple.Buying our first home together, getting our dog, Zoey, the love of our lives, and overcoming many adversities together

  • What values are important to you as a couple?We honor and value God first and foremost, and both have a strong belief that marriage is based on God and All the things he has blessed us with (included each other!). We value honesty, respect, communication, and kindness. We try (although sometimes unsuccessfully ) to always remain respectful and kind not only to each other but to other people as well. We are firm believers in you get what you give, and if you treat not only your mate but others with kindness and respect you will in turn receive it.

  • Where do you see yourselves in five years? What are you most looking forward to in your future as a couple?We hope to be healthy, happy, and surrounded by the love of our wonderful family and friends.

  • If you were reading this blog post in twenty years, what would you want to remember about your life right now?That on September 13th, 2018 you made the best and most important decision of your life. That you are marrying your best friend, the one God put on this earth for you to be with. That you are blessed beyond measure, and that life although challenging at times, is an amazing ride. Always remember to be kind, honest, and loyal. Never stop communicating, and remember this is a 50/50 partnership. Never go to bed angry, and always forgive just as you would like to be forgiven.

Jennifer Allen