Derrick and I started dating officially in the beginning of February 2012. Before that, we knew each other for about 6 years. We met at the singles branch of our church back then. We both had previous marriages and we were having a hard time getting over the awful things we had been through. I was separated from my ex husband in November 2011. At that time, I was living in Chicago so I left and moved to Springfield, Missouri to be with my family. I knew that Derrick had been separated from his ex wife for a while and in January 2012, I reached out to him via Facebook. I asked how he was doing and then went on to say that I was getting a divorce. He was apologetic and we chatted about the hard times we were going through. At the end of our conversation, I gave him my number and told him if he needed anything or just wanted to talk to just call or text me. He gave me his number as well.
A few days later, he text me and said "Hi Cassie. I just wanted to say hi." I was living with my ex husbands mom at the time but happen to be in Springfield visiting family. We text back and forth for a long time getting to know one another on a more personal level. The next day I ran some errands but soon grew hungry. I text Derrick and asked him what he was up to. He said he was getting ready to go into a lab for school. I told him that I was getting hungry but didn't want to eat by myself. I didn't want to take him away from school but he assured me that it was only a mapping lab and he does that for a living. Lol! We ate lunch and discussed our previous marriages and what we were doing with our free time. Afterward, he took me back to my parents house. Before I got out of the truck I told him that I would like to see him again after I moved back to Springfield (which was just a week away). We pretty much talked every night after that and when I moved to Springfield, we were inseparable.
Derrick is everything I wanted and needed in a husband and the more and more we talked (even about the most random things) the more and more we new that we were meant to be together. I ask him all the time why we didn't date a long time ago and he always replies that he feels like we both had to learn some things to come to the point where we are now. I believe everything happens for a reason. There was a reason why we both had to go through what we went through but we are both stronger having been through that tough trial. I love Derrick so much and we are so happy together.