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Betsy and I had our first date on March 29, 2001, and things got serious after our date to Fall Creek Falls State Park on April 21. (If you missed that story, click HERE.) It wasn’t long after that date that things started getting serious.
The picture in the top left corner of the collage was taken in late April at the Paris, Tennessee, Fish Fry. Mom and Dad had gone for several years, but Dad felt he could no longer drive that long distance, so Betsy and I took them. Betsy met my sister Janet and her husband Charlie for the first time at the Fish Fry.
The picture on the top right is a class portrait of the Experiencing God Bible Study that Betsy taught. By that time Betsy knew she was getting a ring, but she didn’t know when. She got it about 30 seconds after this picture was taken. I was already down on my knees, so why not? I knew she could teach that evening without any problems even after getting the ring.
Later that week celebrated our engagement by going to Nashville for dinner and a performance of “Fiddler on the Roof”.
The hardest part of getting engaged to Betsy was meeting two of her sons in Knoxville (picture at lower right). I don’t mind telling you I was nervous, but Jeff and Bert must have approved, because Betsy and I were still engaged after that evening.
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