Corey and I first met at the Association Meeting in August 2008. My first impression of him was not the greatest, given that one of the first things he said to me was, "I'm working on my preachers belly", but grant it it is something that I'll always remembered. A bunch of us then headed to the beach later that night and my impression of Corey was still less than stellar. He and Angel Gomez were having an argument over a subject in the bible. Corey would not let the subject go and they argued all night. Corey, on the other hand, noticed me that night and he knew that I was the one for him. He was also ready to put up a fight for me and not give up until he had me. I didn't see Corey again until he came and preached for the Tulare church that December. My sister actually was interested in him so I introduced them. Needless to say, Corey was not interested in her. A few days later Corey messaged me on myspace (yes, good ol myspace). He said that I should give him my number so we could get to know each other. I ignored the message.
A few days later, Corey messaged me on facebook and asked why I was ignoring him. I said I wasn't but he continued to ask me for my number. I gave in and gave it to him but made it clear that I WAS NOT looking for a boyfriend. Corey didn't seem to care about that and we started texting each other all the time (and when I say all the time, I mean ALL THE TIME!!). Our first phone call was on February 7, 2009 when Corey showed up at my house to surprise me. I was doing laundry and he called me up and told me to come outside. I kept saying that I was busy and couldn't but he eventually persuaded me. As I walked outside, he came out from behind the bushes and hugged me. He had brought me shoes that I had asked for and had a whole day planned!. It started with a movie, My Bloody Valentine in 3D, in which I knew he wanted to hold my hand but I kept it away for most of the movie. I eventually let him hold it though. It then proceeded to dinner at Chili's. It ended sitting in the bed of my truck. He had brought his blanket and let me keep it. He had also brought me chocolate and a card. The card had 7 things in it in which Corey had done that day. That is why Corey and I call that day Seven Day. The last thing on the list was asking me to be his Valentine, in which I could seal with a kiss. Yes, Corey got a kiss out of me that night.The next few months were filled with weekends of 3 hour drives to see each other and boy did those drives get old but it was so fulfilling at the end of the drive. Corey proposed to me on July 19, 2009 in the middle of Bro. Waters sermon. He had wrote out WILL YOU MARRY ME? on my arm with his finger. I didn't think he was serious but I said yes anyway. At lunch that day he said he was serious so of course I said yes!! That following friday, Corey came up and actually proposed to me with the ring. It was beautiful with rose petals everywhere and signs leading me in the right direction and with him getting down on one knee. I was so happy!! The following months was a challenge, trying to plan a wedding living 3 hours away from each other but we made it work. I moved down to Southern California in January 2010 and lived with the Reeds until our wedding. We got married on May 1, 2010 at Mt. Vernon Landmark Missionary Baptist Church. It was beautiful!! We honeymooned in Pismo Beach at the Cottage in by the Sea. On May 28, 2010 we found out that we were pregnant. Yes it was a surprise but we were so happy!!! I gave birth to our beautiful daughter, Sadie Grace Keirns on January 31, 2011. Yes our relationship has been a whirlwind but I wouldn't change anything!! I love being a preachers wife and a mother!!