Changing Their Minds About Marriage

 

As soon as she realised they were on a date, she thought, “Oh, this is a date,” she said. In addition, he’d covered the cost of my meal.

“I spilled a lot of water, but it all worked out fine,” Mr. White said. She told me she was still married as we sat outside, which I had no idea about, but it was an interesting topic to discuss. “I was completely unfazed by it.”

However, after a year of dating (during which she was divorced and Mr. White and Ms. Bedell had a brief breakup of their own), Mr. White found himself rethinking his attitude toward marriage after they shared their first kiss that night. Teknix Solutions, a Manhattan, Kansas-based company that recycles electronics and provides telecommunications services, has hired him as an employee. The loan operations department at Community First National Bank, located in Manhattan, is where she currently works.

A pickup truck driver harassed Ms. Bedell while she was out running, which prompted his change of heart.

She had a panic attack and was on the bathroom floor crying — my bathroom floor — and somehow the conversation turned to our future,” he explained. My thoughts were drifting to the conclusion that she was the one. My love for her was evident even when she was going through a difficult time.

Mr. White proposed at Carnahan Creek Park in Olsburg, Kan., on June 25. A friend of the couple, Megan Boyce, was ordained by American Marriage Ministries to officiate the ceremony, and she was joined by her husband, Brooks Boyce.