We met at the young age of 9 years old, at our local elementary school and attended the same church (which we still attend today). We soon became friends through the many school and church events that we attended; summer camps, 50’s night at school, and school carnivals. Timing never worked out on the two of us liking each other at the same time and we didn’t want to ruin our friendship, so we remained friends the majority of our childhood.
We still laugh that it took Jarrett 9 years to ask Laurice out.
Senior year of high school, Jarrett finally asked Laurice on a date to prom. We still laugh that it took Jarrett 9 years to ask Laurice out.
Afraid that it might be awkward at prom as a couple, we decided to go see a movie as our first date, Monsters verses Aliens. During the movie, Jarrett reached for Laurice’s hand, and both realized it was more than just a high school crush. Through prom, graduation events, finals, and graduation we grew deeper and deeper in love. Jarrett wrote Laurice a letter for graduation about their memories and ended by stating he loved her. Laurice argues that although Jarrett wrote ‘I love you’ first, she said ‘I love you’ first.
After high school, we both attended small colleges in Texas where we saw each other once a month. The summer before senior year of college, Jarrett proposed to Laurice with a scavenger hunt, ending with an engagement party with our friends and family. After graduation from college, we moved back to our hometown and married in December of 2013. We feel the best thing about our relationship is how we communicate and love each other. Jarrett is always willing to help redo something that Laurice wants, while Laurice loves tagging along to car shows and music events with Jarrett.