[vc_row][vc_column][yt_timeline alignment=”left” size=”default”][yt_timeline_item title=”Jan 2009″ subline=”Pat meets Pat ” css_animation=”bottom-to-top” alignment=”left” size=”default”]If we got £1 for every corny “Pat & Pat” comment we heard we would be able to afford a royal wedding (LOL).. Interestingly, the similarity in our names was a good conversation starter and the beginning of the endless list of things we later found to have in common. The official story of our meeting is “We met in church”. However, unbeknown to Pat 2 was that the reason of Pat 1’s visit to her church was to meet her in person as he had been intrigued by her Facebook page through a mutual friend. When we met, we instantly clicked! Not sure if it was love at first sight, but we certainly enjoyed each other’s company and were not short of things to talk about after the church service. Soon enough we spoke/chatted at every opportunity and the rest as they say, is history…..

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Take Out Lesson: there is more than what meets the eye so do not base your judgement on what you seeon Facebook, twitter, instagram, snapchat, bbm, whatsapp and whatever is trending these days[/yt_timeline_item][yt_timeline_item title=”June 2009″ subline=”Can I have a juicy fruit please?” css_animation=”bottom-to-top” alignment=”left” size=”default”]As usual we were kicking back together on a hot summer day on the 9th of June, when Pat 1 brought a gum out of his pocket, which led to the following conversation taking place:

Pat 2: “Can I have a gum please?”

Pat 1: “Only if you agree to be mine”

As you can imagine Pat 2 was absolutely dumbfounded!   “AHHH BECAUSE OF CHEWING GUM!!”  But she had a secret crush on him, so of course she said YES! At the time we were both very young (16 & 18 respectively), so ideally we shouldn’t have been meddling in the grown up world of dating. As a result, we naturally kept our relationship a secret , which sometimes (rarely) led to bending the truth about our whereabouts.  Confession time: Sorry mum (There’s no condemnation in Christ once you confess..)

To be fair we spent about 70% of our time in  London South Bank University’s library. Some of our most cherished moments are those study breaks where we paused to encourage each other and remind ourselves of the bigger picture.On reflection, even though some may argue we started too young, there have been no regrets. We’ve watched each other grow individually and together as a couple. Iron sharpens Iron (some irons are sharper than others though lol)..The dream is to be able to one day gather all our 5 babies round the fireplace in our home and tell them mummy and daddy literally started from the bottom, but look at us now!!

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Take Out Lesson: Do not despise the times of little beginning. There is more fun and fulfillment in growing, learning and sharing those experiences together[/yt_timeline_item][yt_timeline_item title=”Nov 2012″ subline=”I hate good byes ” css_animation=”bottom-to-top” alignment=”left” size=”default”]Pat 1 off to an adventure. The dreaded ‘ long distance relationship’ went on for a whole year and some months..It was during this period we knew we couldn’t live without each other. We could have easily become share holders in the call card company we used to make those international calls *sigh* (all that money £$£$£$)

Take Out Lesson: Long distance relationships stand a chance of working where there is a solid foundation. So, strive to create memories and know each other really really really well [/yt_timeline_item][yt_timeline_item title=”May 2014″ subline=”The second coming ” css_animation=”bottom-to-top”]… Say never to long distance relationships! But absence sure makes the heart grow fonder….

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Take Out Lesson: On the contrary, try short distance occasionally *wink[/yt_timeline_item][yt_timeline_item title=”October 25th 2014″ subline=”Meet the parents ” css_animation=”bottom-to-top”]Old school style- parents met to take things up a notch, drank wine and gave their blessings. Wedding bells started ringing. This day was a beautiful reminder that God is truly God all by Himself. Not everyone (family inclusive) understood our decision to get married, so it took a lot of persuading and crying out to the author of our lives to get them on board. *sings* WHEN JESUS SAYS YES NOBODY CAN SAY NO!! The details of the testimony are too personal for the world wide web. We are however happy to encourage you with our testimony, so feel free to holla at us.

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Take Out Lesson: Never ignore the place of the parents. Get their ‘blessings’ before you get on..Ephesians 6:1 – ..Honour your father and mother, so that it may go well with you…[/yt_timeline_item][yt_timeline_item title=”Nov 15th 2014″ subline=”PLEASE MARRY ME”]20141115_174606

 

A day before Pat 2’s birthday, Pat 1 had arranged a romantic evening which started off with him on bended knees with a little shinny box in hand at her family home lol. This was officially the first day of our forever

 

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