The love of my life, Mitchell Frank, proposed at the Pigskin performance as I was crowned Baylor's Homecoming Princess and where we shared our first kiss.
Getting to know each other, Mitchell and I had a thing for libraries. I remember staying up until three in the morning in Brooks laughing about our families and friends, sharing our testimonies, and finding out our mutual passion for purity in a dating relationship. Mitchell and I quickly learned that we both never dated or kissed anyone before college and our goal was to only kiss one person for the rest of our lives.
We started dating in March of our freshman year (around EBB's birthday!). What I love about Elizabeth and Robert Browning's relationship is their fascination with love letters before they were married. The intimacy that could not be shown in public or by actions was expressed on paper. Mitchell and I have kept a journal of letters to each other throughout our entire three years of dating and plan to continue this until the day of our wedding.
We'd love to win because of our unique Baylor relationship and we REALLY want to go to the Extravaganza!
We became engaged in July and married on February 4, eleven months after meeting. We call it "love at first sight" for both of us. We moved to Bartlett, I commuted to Baylor, and graduated in May 1969. We have 3 beautiful children and nine beautiful grandchildren. Two of our children graduated from Baylor in the 90's and we are eagerly anticipating our granddaughter, Allyson, entering Baylor this fall.
My parents graduated from Baylor. I was always fascinated by the little marble slab with the crossed hands they gave me from the Browning Library. "How Do I Love Thee" was quoted to me by both parents. Bobby and I will be married 46 years this February 4. We are enjoying retirement with all our children, and following the Baylor Bears in football and basketball! Sic em!
Thomas can still remember the first words I ever said to him. He was lifeguarding at our neighborhood pool when we were 16. I was introduced to him as I was leaving and said, "I'll be right back." Little did we know, that would be the start of an almost 10 year friendship that led to us saying "I do" at Armstrong Browning Library last June.
We became close friends and he was always someone that I trusted and showed my true self. He followed in his parent's footsteps and attended Baylor. Even though we went to different colleges the Lord still kept us together. Thomas was always confident that I would "be right back" and was always certain that we were going to get married. It was the best decision of my life to start dating my best friend. It wasn't long before I realized that he had been right all along. Every moment from his sweet proposal, to the memorable ceremony Dr. Dub Oliver led has been a blessing.
Baylor and Armstrong Browning Library will always have a special place in our hearts as a symbol of where we made our covenant to stand by each other forever.
Be sure to get your tickets for the Armstrong Browning Library's annual Valentine's Day Extravaganza happening this Saturday, February 9 from 2:00pm - 4:00pm.