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Our story is quite funny and not your typical meet and marry. In fact I (Brooke) was not even active on this website when Garrett first messaged me. Our story moves very quickly and after only three months of dating we were engaged. We are getting married on October 23, 2009 and cannot wait.

Garrett had viewed and passed my profile before a couple of times but because it said I was only seeking friendships at this time, and I lived in Las Vegas, he decided to skip over me. However one day he decided to write me a quick message. All it said was “If this is the only contact we ever have I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate your profile and how you shared your story about your son and past mistakes so beautifully. God Bless.”

My membership had expired, but my profile was still visible online. Even though I was inactive, I never had changed my profile become officially so. When I went to log on to my hotmail account it advised me I had a message from Garrett waiting for me on Catholic Match. I was curious, so I logged on to read it. There was just one little hurdle I had to overcome…

My membership had expired, so to read just one message I had to pay $24.95 for a one month subscription. After reviewing his profile first ,I decided to cough up the cash (lol). There was something about him and I really enjoyed his profile. But I was a little upset. I had just paid twenty-five dollars to read some guy "appreciated" my profile. So I decided to write him back and I told him look I just paid twenty-five dollars to read how you appreciated my profile. I at least deserve a couple emails back so I don’t feel ripped off. I thought he will either get my sarcastic humor and write back or he won't.
Well, it looked like he didn't because two weeks went by and nothing. Then, to my surprise, one day I got a message back from Garrett sayihg that he was so sorry–that instead of hitting the send button, he hit the save button, and would make it up in the few short days I had left on my one month subscription.

After emailing a couple of times we really clicked. Our personalities were very similar, and he didn’t live that far–about five hours from me in Tempe, AZ. Finally, I gave him my phone number, because being a single mom it is easier for me to talk than email. After Garrett overthinking it for about three days, he finally decided to call me before work one night. We totally hit it off. He was normal and funny and loved his faith. We kept talking almost every other night, and than finally decided to meet in early December.
He drove down to Vegas to meet me. I have to be honest though–I already knew he was the one God had sent for me before I even met him. There was no doubt in my mind. I ended up being right. We hit if off and he even met my some of my family. Then, for Christmas, his family decided to invite me to celebrate with them. I think they were curious to know who this girl was that there son was constantly talking about and telling them he wanted to marry after such a short time.

It was an unforgettable time and after that second meeting, Garrett knew he wanted to move to Vegas to discern if we were to be married. He told me he was moving down in late January, but to my surprise he secretly quit his job early and moved down a whole week before he was supposed to.

One night after driving home from work I was talking to Garret on the phone. He told me that his interview for a job had been moved up a week. And of course I said, well how are you going to do that if you are not moving for another week. I was totally clueless, but my whole family knew. He told me to look up and there he was standing in my driveway with a dozen roses. He was so nervous, but he asked me to be his wife and of course I said yes.

I was always for the taking things slow kind of approach and courting for at least a year before even discerning marriage. I still am, but God had a different plan for us. We are both very into living our faith. Garret did ministry work in different parts of the country and worked with young people. I was involved in a young adults group at church and into different causes. Our families were a little hesitant and skeptical because it had moved so fast, however once they saw us together they said there was something about us that made them not worry and to fully support our decision to get married in October.

We have had hurdles to overcome and struggles to deal with, but that is what builds character and has let us see each other for who we really are in good and bad times. I just love everything about Garrett and cannot wait for the future and see what God has in store for us. We have been so blessed, and know it will continue to be that way if we live our lives for the Lord always putting him first and remembering that our marriage is the most important thing and loving each other is the greatest witness for others to see God's love in us. For God felt marriage was so important that he made it a Sacrament, a covenant.

We have just completed our marriage prep with the Church and to even our surprise we scored 100% on most of the catagories in the survey you must take. We know marriage is anything but easy, but at the same time one of the most rewarding gifts God has given us, if not the most rewarding.

Just one more note to couples who might be reading this. Do not give up hope. And to the single moms on this website–you know he is the one when he is willing to sacrifice and move for you, not the other way around. A man should know your predicament and does not allow you to travel and move. If he believes you are worth it he will do the pursuing. God Bless to everyone.

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50 Comments

  1. Anna-260166 June 4, 2009

    Hi, guys! Do you still have your profiles to read? I'd like to have a glimpse in what may look so attractive :P .

  2. MaraGuadalupe-69231 June 13, 2009

    Do you still have your profiles to read?, Thanks for your attencion. heart

  3. Nelma-444646 June 14, 2009

    GOD BLESS YOU GUYS!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE

  4. Leslye-452732 June 17, 2009

    Beautiful story! Blessings to you!

  5. Jeneth-450802 June 22, 2009

    Congratulations to both of you!Match made in heaven!

  6. Michael-170950 October 14, 2009

    October 23rd is only a week and a half or so away. Good luck, and amazing story

  7. Mary-285153 November 8, 2009

    that is such a gorgeous story, congrats and God's blessings on you both!!!

  8. Amy-90218 November 8, 2009

    Good luck to you!

  9. Katy-496380 November 8, 2009

    Thank you for the advice to single moms! Congratulations!

  10. Ashley-280252 November 9, 2009

    thats so nice to hear!! Im a single mom myself and i loved reading this story!!

  11. Sandra-38977 November 9, 2009

    thank you for sharing your beautiful story. God bless you both!

  12. Nancy-336340 November 11, 2009

    I was really touched by your story. I'm a single mother also, and your advice increased my faith and hope that long distance relationships are possible!

  13. Irene-501257 November 12, 2009

    What an amazing story! God is faithful always, He just asks us to trust Him and His timing. Thanks for sharing for all of us to read. Congratulations on your recent marriage…pray for singles peolpe!

  14. RoseMarie-41488 November 13, 2009

    how sweet!! I enjoyed your story immensely!! Thanks for sharing it!

  15. Carey-135756 November 14, 2009

    It is lovely that with a combination of faith, working at the friendship and giving love a chance you found each other. God bless your new marraige and much happiness in the years ahead.Carey

  16. Margie-505651 November 16, 2009

    ….this is true love!..gods gift!…

  17. Michael-507672 November 18, 2009

    You are truly blessed by God. Congratulations.

  18. Rainey-482877 November 19, 2009

    I have about the same thing happen to me. I viewed Cindy's profile on 14 September 2009 and the next day Cindy went online and paied her fee to view me, plus sending a message. that was 15 September 2009. We met on 3 October 2009 and have been seeing each other sence. We are planning to get married 1 May 2010. So it does happen to people. Thank you for your story.

  19. Vicki-506286 November 21, 2009

    What a beautiful story……sincere confirmation to be open to love & to never give up hope!!!!

  20. Kelsi-507667 November 21, 2009

    wow what an incredible story. Thanks for sharing

  21. Timothy-296611 November 24, 2009

    It is really beautiful that you two love each other but even more so that your faith and trust in each other led you to this point. God bless.

  22. Jen-69088 November 28, 2009

    Wow! I'm so happy for you! I'm a single mom too. Your story has given me some hope.

  23. Mary-512583 November 29, 2009

    Thanks for your story– it brought the tears on. All the pieces fall into place when God has His hand in it. Thanks for sharing your hope, I too am a single mom of 3. Congrats on your wedding and God Bless!

  24. Carol-483674 December 3, 2009

    Thanks for sharing your story. I cried too. God Bless you and your marraige!

  25. Grace-39317 December 6, 2009

    Thanks for sharing your story. I like your last note, it made me remember someone I met here in CM. God bless you and your marriage with Garrett.

  26. SaraJane-512698 December 6, 2009

    Congratulations!!!! I am a single Mom, too. Though I am no longer young, but feel young, I have remained single. After raising her on my own (of course with family support), my daughter is now an adult, and have become best of friends. I have always believed with expectant faith that there is someone special out there whom the Lord has set aside for me (or for anyone)…but in God's time. God works in mysterious ways. He did in your relationship in a magnificently exciting way. Bless you both in your marriage.

  27. MaryBeth-382377 December 8, 2009

    Congrats to both of you. Good to see single mom's can find love again. I am widowed and looking myself for that special someone.

  28. Christopher-495824 December 17, 2009

    I have been on here for almost three months this story gives me hope that I should stay with it and not give up good luck to the both of you

  29. Lisa-431590 December 21, 2009

    i usually don't read these. However, I saw your smiles and felt compelled. I just feel your blessings and this marriage will be your last. Charish each other.

  30. Eric-103004 December 27, 2009

    Hello from Eric I really enjoy looking who get married all the time hope is all goes we'll I been on cm for some time I still not found any one hope it all goes we'll

  31. Kat-432523 December 31, 2009

    What a GREAT Story! i love this part "our marriage is the most important thing and loving each other is the greatest witness for others to see God's love in us. For God felt marriage was so important that he made it a Sacrament, a covenant." Well-said, Brooke…God bless you both! =)

  32. Lauren-297744 January 1, 2010

    Great story. I am sincerely happy for both of you. I personally am beyond discouraged with the entire trying to meet someone thing and after having countless much older men view and comment on my photos (which makes me VERY uncomfortable) I have taken all of my photos down. Being a 1st gr teacher it is impossible to meet someone and so I have completely lost faith and hope that I ever will. I sincerely no longer believe I in finding true love. I am SO sorry to sound so negative- I AM :) really a positive person this is just a hard subject being 37 and having lived God's word etc and never been introduced to that special guy. Best wishes to both of you. :)

  33. Arcie-143437 January 1, 2010

    A wonderful story and Good Luck and many blessing from God in your marriage.
    Thank you for sharing your story, very inspiring.
    God have plans for each of us and sometimes we have to wait for a long time and I believe in prayers and I know someday God will send me the man that is right for me. God bless both of you.

  34. Patricia-517009 January 2, 2010

    Awesome Story good luck wth your marriage. I am looking for someone as well

  35. Claudia-349581 January 2, 2010

    Thes best for both of you and God Bleesed you. and your happines bright always….

  36. Patrick-3318 January 3, 2010

    What a great story. May God bless both of you.

  37. Heather-515879 January 5, 2010

    How sweet! I am so happy for you guys it gives me hope that someday I will find my prince as you have found yours! Enjoy life and God bless!

  38. ToniLyn-490668 January 7, 2010

    what a great story….gives me great hope that my special someone from this site will see that times doesn't matter

  39. Peter-416877 January 10, 2010

    I found someone too but now she is having cold feet about us getting together its a shame that ladies want to carry out a relationship to the end.

  40. Bashkim-146330 January 13, 2010

    I like reading stories like this one. I wish you both a very long happy life together.

  41. Maclean-483042 January 14, 2010

    Thanks for sharing your story, its gives me hope in my search. I look forward to meeting that special Man God has prepared for me on this site. Wishing all the blessings in 2010!!

  42. MaryEllen-207916 January 15, 2010

    Ah, Bob and I have a similar story.. we both send emoticons to each other at the end of Oct 09– by Nov we met f2f after chatting and talking on the phone for 2 weeks. We met at my son's hockey game. We are head over heels in love with each other. We both are single parents.. Brooke, you are so right when you say the man understands and will wait for you… or make arrangements in his life to be with you…. Bob and I both truly believe that God in his infinite wisdom, along with Mary's intercession have blessed our meeting and will see us through all the travels we will need to make on my journey to pursue my annullment. Bob is the one handpicked by God for me. He says the same about me! Life is good. Thank you Catholic Match!

  43. Patrick-82751 January 16, 2010

    Very Cool Story. This website has almost brought me to marriage and location and logistics just proved to be too much of an obstacle. This is a great site though to meet other singles who care strongly about their faith.

  44. Janet-531858 January 19, 2010

    Thank you for sharing your story giving all of us single folks hope…I am crying right now, but they are happy tears…I pray Garrett and you will continue to love each other, as God planned. Peace! Janet

  45. Janet-531858 January 19, 2010

    PS: Brooke I love your sense of humor! May you keep it for your survival and share it with others to make them smile! God bless you!

  46. Lillian-535174 January 24, 2010

    I love this story. May God bless you both.

  47. Dina-508477 January 24, 2010

    How romantic…love your story :) God Bless!

  48. Deb-400439 January 26, 2010

    I'm haqppy for the both of you, but please remember not everyone ends up being as lucky as you.

  49. Gioconda-489960 January 28, 2010

    Well Brooke you were certainly blessed! I wish both of you the very best of life. Unfortunately it doesn't happen to most of us.

  50. Jesus-537178 April 25, 2010

    LAURA!!!…..AWHH BABY, YEA WE DO LAUGH ABOUT IT NOW…….WE SHOULD START THINKING ABOUT OUR SUCCESS STORY TO PUT ON HERE……

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