Diamonds Direct Love Story: Brandon & Kaitlyn

img_6391Love stories are usually told from two points-of-view. This story features only Kaitlyn’s words as “Brandon and I are currently fasting from each other during our church’s 21 days of prayer. We are doing this for many reasons including getting closer to God and getting vision for our marriage.”

As these two become one, Kaitlyn and Brandon demonstrate that true love is more than words. Here is their love story:

Brandon Mackey, 22, and Kaitlyn Burns, 21, met on August 30, 2016; Brandon proposed on May 27, 2017.

How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of each other?

Kaitlyn: Brandon and I met on our first night of third semester in Highlands College. In Highlands College, you have a “practicum” which is basically your major. I was originally in the day time classes for Dream Center / outreach and Brandon was in the evening student’s practicum because they did not yet have Dream Center for evening. When Highlands College added the Dream Center practicum to the evening classes, Brandon and I both made the switch the same semester. On our first night, neither our teacher nor any of our classmates showed up. We were told by administrators to go over our benchmarks together, and as we searched we came to find that our benchmarks were not posted either. Brandon and I had nothing to do but sit there and get to know each other. I laughed continuously. Having just gotten out of a serious relationship because God had laid on my heart that He had more for me, I wondered to myself if this was the guy I would one day marry.

What is your favorite thing to do together as a couple?

Kaitlyn: Brandon and I have fun doing anything. He is my best friend. The most horrible thing with him by my side can be one of the most wonderful things just because he is present. I would have to say if we picked our favorite thing to do, it is most definitely serving people. Brandon and I want to have a Dream Center one day. We have already been blessed enough to have so many people we get to help on the streets, with addictions, anything you can possibly think of. We love people and God allows us to find all types of situations to help in. We were made for this.

img_4426Please explain your most memorable date (can be funny, sweet, romantic, etc.)

Kaitlyn: Honestly, this is an area Brandon and I have not been so great in. Between work, school, ministry and families, we haven’t given much time for dates. Once we had a free afternoon, which never happens, so we were going to go get a cross tattoo on my ring finger. As we arrived at the tattoo shop we didn’t feel right so we didn’t do it. We agreed to leave, go eat lunch and pray some more.

As we left, we passed a homeless man with a cane trying to make it across the road. He could barely walk. Honestly, a snail possibly could have caught up with him. Brandon and I didn’t even talk about it. We immediately found a place to pull over. I had clothes and food in my car for the homeless, so I made him a bag as Brandon talked to him. His name is Mr. Bobby. Mr. Bobby, was soft spoken and gentle, but his situation was very bad. Brandon and I went to get him more clothes and we found him sitting on a bench not far from where we had left him. We told him we had gotten him new clothes since I couldn’t find his size in my car. He looked at us and humbly explained he would need help changing. Mr. Bobby is elderly and did not have the physical ability to change. Brandon without hesitation said, “I will help you!” That’s the day I thanked God for letting me marry Brandon. Brandon and I hadn’t gotten engaged or anything, but that day I saw the man I had prayed for in Brandon. Best tentative date ever!

img_6726Describe your partner in three words.

Kaitlyn: Child of God

What is your favorite thing about your partner? Why?

Kaitlyn: Brandon is genuine, his heart is so sweet! I always had it in my heart that the man I ended up with would be a man that would cry! That he would feel so strongly, love so deeply, be so convicted and moved that he would cry just as I do. Brandon Mackey is my man and he is that man! Praise God!

When did you realize you had met “the one,” that you wanted to spend the rest of your life with each other?

Kaitlyn: From day one I saw what I had prayed for in Brandon, and even more than I had asked for. I had this special grace and love for him that I knew I couldn’t do on my own. We approached the topic prayerfully, but from the moment I met Brandon I knew I felt differently about him than anyone I had ever met.

img_6728Can you each tell me about the proposal from your own perspective?

Kaitlyn: Brandon and I attend Church of the Highlands. Church of the Highlands has a prayer service every Saturday. Brandon and I were going to prayer and he said his Nan (his grandmother who was moving soon after) wanted to experience prayer and have everyone there. So, we did just that, (granted I was pretty positive he was going to ask me to marry him that day). I walked into prayer and I saw my family and his family sitting in the seats at prayer. I thought to myself any guy who gets mine and his family to prayer is the guy I want to marry. Afterward, Brandon and I were taking pictures because it was a “goodbye party” for Nan. Well, Brandon and I got up for our picture, he takes a deep breath and starts the proposal. I honestly didn’t hear a word he said. I know he quoted Mark 10:9. He got on his knee and I thought to myself “this is your cue!” It felt like forever after I said “yes” and that he wasn’t doing anything. I grabbed the ring and put it on my finger because I thought that’s why he was waiting so long. Turned out, the whole proposal was only like a minute long. But boy, did it seem like an eternity. At the end of the day, I was just happy we were one step closer to marriage. I am still embarrassed about grabbing the ring till this day, but I would be embarrassed 100 times over if that means I get to spend the rest of my life with B!

img_8196What was your experience like shopping for the ring at Diamonds Direct? Tell us why you love the ring.

Kaitlyn: I am so grateful for Diamonds Direct and Ben Ash for his connections and making things work out for us! I LOVE my ring. Jesus rose in three days and my ring was made in three days!

What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given about love/relationships?

Kaitlyn: Seek accountability, the Bible talks about wise counsel and confessing your sins to one another and you will be healed. Brandon and I have quite a testimony in this area. The devil has come to kill, steal and destroy. He wants nothing more than to ruin what God has for you. Having accountability is one top priority. Be open and honest. Find someone you can look up to in an area and go to lunch or dinner, talk on the phone, whatever you need to do, but have accountability or you will always miss your goal and target. There is too much coming against you for you to think you can handle it alone or with your future spouse. My pastor says, “You are the sum of your five closest friends. Show me your friends, I’ll show you your future.”

img_8188Now that you’ve found “the one,” what advice would you give to someone else about love?

Kaitlyn: Never settle or think you must go searching for your “one.” Brandon had given up on finding someone and I was at peace with knowing God had more for me and he was going to show me that in His time. He did just that! God put him right in front of me and placed all distractions out of the way. Come on, our teacher and class mates didn’t even show up for the first night of school. If God can do that to get two busy people to see each other. He will do it for you. Just trust Him, He has immeasurably more than you could ask for or imagine.

What are you most looking forward to about spending the rest of your lives together?

Kaitlyn: Brandon and I are so excited to get to serve God and His children. We want to own a Dream Center that helps people who are struggling with any kind of issue from homelessness, to trafficking or addiction, and so on. There are people who need us and we are going to be even more powerful as one than we are separately.

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