Zach and April met while she was attending The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. When April’s best friend met Zach, she was persistent that he was the one for her. It was a rocky start when they initially met, but it only took a few more visits with the “cute dimpled boy who loved his grandma” (her words!) for them to realize they were meant for each other. They dated for a year, and were engaged for almost a year before they were married in 2004 in Baytown, Texas.
What was the most unique part of your engagement story?
From her: We got engaged while I was on summer break. Zach planned to propose in the town of Kemah, TX. He had his parents make the trip and surprise me by coming to town and having dinner with my parents. My engagement ring was not ready yet so he proposed with my wedding band. (It could’ve been a twisty tie and I would’ve said “yes”) I said yes, of course! Later once I returned to school with my wedding band on my left hand. One afternoon I stopped by his house and he asked me to come sit and watch some slide show. I saw images of a ring and some diamonds, that was not the one on my finger. I was totally confused. At the end was a photograph of a beautiful ring: an heirloom, a ring he had custom made with his grandma’s diamonds. Then he got down on one knee again and asked me to marry him. We then traded rings.
From him: I would often ask April when we would get married or engaged jokingly. Her standard response would be “someday”. My standard response would be “Sunday?” I proposed on a Sunday, of course. One quote that has been a part of our engagement story is “As the relationship goes deeper, the name changes”. We started out as strangers, then grew to be friends, and then boyfriend/girlfriend, and eventually husband and wife. We also use that quote in our relationship with God. As our relationship with him grows, so does the name. Savior to provider to healer.
What is the most awesome thing about your marriage?
From her: The most awesome thing about our marriage is the journey we take as parents. Our kids are really a glimpse of pure love and a reminder of commitment and love we have for each other. One more thing, you must trust each other. You must learn to laugh. And you must remember to be mindful and thoughtful.
From him: We laugh A LOT in our marriage and it’s not because we are the funniest people in the world because we’re not. We have fun with each other. We enjoy each others company. We know how to play. From spontaneous dance parties with our kids in the middle of Target to silly jokes.
What advice would you give an engaged couple?
From him: I would probably say admit when you are wrong and ask for forgiveness. Be humble in your relationship…and also advice to the husband would be to “Always unload the dishwasher!”