Shawnae and I met at a singles mixer at our church for Halloween. We were instantly friends because we had so much in common. Enough so that we actually even went into business together for a short amount of time. It was then I realized that I was starting to have feelings for her. I mustered enough courage to ask her out - to which she said a polite "no." Turns out she didn't date guys younger than her and in fact someone told her I was dating someone else. We continued hanging out as friends and I again mustered the courage to ask her out - to which she said "no" again. I vowed then I wouldn't ask again and decided it was OK to just be friends. During that time, we began getting closer and closer, and people began to ask if we were dating. I always said no that we were just friends. Finally, one day after a team meeting with our business she asked why I haven't asked her out. I told her because she kept telling me "no." She said if you ask again you'll get a different answer. So that's what I did. And thankfully she said "yes." This year we celebrated our 15 year anniversary. We are happier than ever and have been blessed with 3 amazing children. As a bi-racial kids, I'm surprised that I knew nothing about Loving Day, but I'm happy that my parents were able to get married and that Shawnae and I were able to get married.