He loved surprising me with things I would never think of (and still does! One time, John Luke drove over to my house with a new sailboat he had bought the month before at the beach; we put it in on the lake where I lived and would just sail around for the afternoon.We both love being outdoors, so we would do all kinds of fun things together like ride bikes and play tennis.We too, intentionally focused our time on building our friendship by going to painting classes, mountain biking, training for a half marathon and planning events with friends.Marian: In I wrote, “Purity is a desire of the heart, before it’s an act in the bedroom.” Sexual purity begins in the heart. But when I began a relationship with Christ, something changed.Mary Kate: It’s so crazy to me to realize that this Valentine’s Day will only be our third Valentine’s Day together. It’s weird because I feel like we’ve been married forever haha. We met nearly five years ago at a Christian summer camp back home in Louisiana.I grew up going to King’s Camp and John Luke grew up at his family’s camp about 40 miles away, but one summer he decided to try out King’s Camp.I specifically remember asking about his siblings, which I would never have imagined would be my future brothers and sister-in-laws!
Coming to OCS I only knew a handful of students, so I was really grateful to have a friend and someone to talk to every day.Somewhere during that time, we started developing feelings for each other, and in March of 2014, we started dating.This was a pretty big deal for me because John Luke was my first boyfriend!I learned a powerful truth early on in my walk with Jesus—when we love God, we obey God. Before, I was the girl hooking-up with guys and didn’t think much about it. I knew sex outside of marriage was not God’s will for me and I wanted to obey.Not because it was a rule, but because it was right.