How We Met
Even though Brady and I both attended the same youth group every Sunday night, we didn’t notice each other until two years later! One night at a youth retreat Brady approached me and introduced himself – from then on we were best friends. Throughout high school we were inseparable. I attended every one of his basketball games at Burlington High School and even though we both knew how we felt about the other, we didn’t want to pursue those feelings until we knew it was God’s timing.
Entering into Brady’s senior year we began to date one evening after we prayed together and felt the timing couldn’t be better. The following year Brady went off to college in TN where both our worlds felt like they were falling apart, yet we held true to the promise of God. We toughed it out and although it was the hardest time of our lives, God remained faithful. To this day Brady recalls that one night at the youth retreat when he approached me and telling God “One day I will marry that girl.”
December 14th, 2008 will always be engraved in my memory as one of the happiest days of our lives. Brady was coming home for Christmas break and to me it was just another short vacation. I’d have to soak up as much of him as possible; to him it was the first day of the rest of our lives together. Brady and his parents, William and Mia Callahan, were planning to take us to see my favorite basketball team, the Boston Celtics, later that evening. Brady thought it would be the perfect opportunity to sweep me off my feet!
I told him to come over that morning and I could cook him breakfast so that we were fed and ready to go to the game. When he arrived at my parents, Bernard and Kimberly Valley’s house, he was acting a bit strange. I ignored the thought and continued making pancakes, scrambled eggs, and toast. After breakfast we were getting ready to leave when he sat me down on my bed and got down on one knee. He then said, “Rebekah, you are my best friend and I want to spend the rest of my life with you. Bek, will you marry me?” To this day Brady claims I just stared at him for five minutes in shock, but I remember looking into his eyes and saying “YES!”