True Life Love Stories: 'How I Met My Sweetheart'
The Pastor's Daughter Meets the New Kid
Matt and Lori
"I was a fifteen-year-old preacher’s daughter at a church in Ft. Worth, Texas. One Sunday morning after service, I rudely interrupted my dad’s conversation to ask him for some money so I could go out to lunch with my friends. That’s when I noticed the cute 'new' guy standing next to my father. My dad reached for his wallet and said, 'Lori, I want you to meet Matt. His family just moved here from Arkansas.' I looked up at the tall, tan, skinny guy and noticed one thing—a huge smile. Later I discovered he was seventeen, a basketball player, and the son of a gospel singer. I smiled and said, 'Hi,' grabbed the cash from my dad, and headed off to find my friends. As I walked away I thought, I wonder if I just met the man I’m going to marry. Thanks, Dad, for introducing me to my best friend, husband of 23 years, father to my 3 children, and love of my life. Glad I went to church that day!" ~ Lori