Sam and Amy met at a wedding in November of 2018. Amy was a bridesmaid, and Sam was just a guest. During the dinner reception, Amy came to visit a couple friends and her date for the evening. Coincidentally, Sam was sitting at the same table and the two were introduced. As the evening went on, Sam noticed Amy was spending a lot of time at his table, but was talking to him more than she was talking to her own date. On top of that, the Best Man was trying to make some moves on Amy as well. When it was revealed Sam and Amy are seven years apart, Sam decided it was best to just sit back, not try to initiate anything, and let the evening play out.
Sam thought that would be the end of it, but little did he know that Amy had agreed to volunteer with their church's high school youth group for their annual Fall Retreat the following weekend. After the retreat, Amy joined the team as a full-time leader and the two began to see each other on a weekly basis. Over the next couple months, Sam and Amy got the opportunity to observe and interact with each other in a very 'low-pressure/no-expectations' setting. They had a ministry to run, and Sam did not want a relationship to get in the way of that.
God has a sense of humor though, and the more time Sam spent with Amy, the more he observed her living out her faith in an honest and admirable way. He became attracted to her wit, her honesty, and the evident fruit from her relationship with God. Soon they began to text each other regularly. Texting turned to phone calls, and phone calls turned into grabbing a drink after youth group one Sunday evening in late January. And that was the last first date for both Sam and Amy.