THE BEGINNING: 2008
SOMETIME IN 2008, we met AT A YOUTH GROUP SHOW IN DONEGAL, PA. Glenn had recently JOINED THE CHRISTIAN POP/PUNK BAND, WINTERS HALO.
Noel WAS A SOLO ARTIST.
A FEW MONTHS LATER, THIS WAS THE FIRST PICTURE we WOULD EVER TAKE together and HAD ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA we would ever be married...
"I'M GONNA MARRY THAT GIRL ONE DAY," I REMEMBER SAYING TO MY FRIENDS BACK IN 2012, TALKING ABOUT THIS SHOW FLYER.
THOSE WORDS LEFT MY LIPS AS AN ARROGANT WAY OF SAYING “THAT GIRL IS SUPER HOT AND LOVES JESUS”.
BUT BY THE TIME IT REACHED MY EARS, IT WAS TOO LATE. MY SPIRIT KNEW THAT I HAD DECLARED SOMETHING SERIOUS...
IN CHRISTMAS OF 2012, I WAS PLAYING A SHOW AND MY REGULAR GUITAR PLAYER COULDN'T MAKE IT. I KNEW IT WAS A LONG-SHOT BECAUSE HE WAS TEACHING AT A BIBLE COLLEGE IN OKLAHOMA, BUT I MESSAGED GLENN TO SEE IF HE WAS IN TOWN AND WILLING. HE WAS + AGREED.
WE REHEARSED AT MY PLACE AND HAD OUR FIRST-EVER REAL CONVERSATION. THERE WERE NO SPARKS, NO BUTTERFLIES. WE TALKED ABOUT WORSHIP.
OUR FIRST DATE
AFTER TELLING NOEL HOW I FELT OVER THE PHONE, I WAS CRAZY EXCITED, BUT ALSO NERVOUS.
We met in Nashville for our first date.
God had been speaking to both of us so clearly that WE KNEW THAT IF WE WENT ON A DATE AND BECAME A COUPLE IT WAS A DONE DEAL- WE WERE GOING TO GET MARRIED.
we got engaged 4 months later on top of Gore Mountain in upstate NY.
(this is the shortest possible version we could tell!)
BEST DAY EVER!
WE GOT MARRIED 6 MONTHS AFTER WE GOT ENGAGED AND STOOD JOYFULLY DRIPPING IN THE WARM SUN WITH ALL OF OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS IN THE MIDDLE OF GOD'S GRACE AS IT POURED DOWN WITH THE RAIN AS IF TO SAY,
"IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOU CAN SEE. I'M ALWAYS MOVING."
MOVING TO NASHVILLE
THE FIRST TIME I VISITED NASHVILLE, I (Noel) WAS 15. I HAD ALWAYS PLANNED TO MOVE AT SOME POINT, BUT IT NEVER FELT LIKE THE RIGHT TIME.
EVENTUALLY, GOD MADE IT VERY CLEAR TO ME THAT I WOULDN'T MOVE TO NASHVILLE BEFORE I WAS MARRIED. I DIDN'T QUITE EXPECT HOW THAT WOULD PLAY OUT, BUT YOU KNOW. GOD HAS A WAY OF CHANGING OUR PLANS.
Enter Glenn and the fastest year ever of dating - Engaged - married - NASHVILLE.
2014 + BEYOND
We believe that we were called to Nashville for such a time as this, to be a part of the mighty work that God is doing in us and in this city.