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“ We went to Outback and there were butterflies in my stomach . We sat across from each other in the booth , and when I said , ‘ let ’ s say grace ,’ both of our hands came up from by our sides and met right there in the middle of the table . We joined our hands and it seemed like peace came over us . The butterflies were gone .”
WADE ALLEN from each other in the booth , and when I said , ‘ let ’ s say grace ,’ both of our hands came up from by our sides and met right there in the middle of the table . We joined our hands and it seemed like peace came over us . The butterflies were gone .” He said he knows God was bringing them together that day . “ I know , without a shadow of a doubt , He had a hand in it ,” Wade said . “ From then on , it was easy to talk to her . She is very easy to talk to , and she is very understanding .” Shirley ’ s warm personality is what he finds most charming about her . “ She is very compassionate , kind , gentle , and loving ,” he said . “ She is beautiful inside and out .” His personality also drew her to him . “ He is very kind , and he is very caring . And he always puts me first and that makes me really appreciate him ,” she said . For instance , Wade often surprises her with flowers and a card . “ He knows how much I love flowers . He has been doing that ever since we started dating ,” she said . “ And I leave him little sweet notes around the house or when I am going somewhere .” The couple wed on Nov . 3 , 2019 . “ We felt so blessed that God had put us together , and we knew we wanted to spend the rest of whatever is left of our life together . We fell in love , and our families were happy for us ,” she said .
Wade has a son , two grown grandchildren and four great-grandchildren . Shirley has a daughter , three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren . The couple said marriage as older adults is much easier than starting out as newlyweds . “ Because of our age and because it is later in our life , every day that we get up , we appreciate each other more and we enjoy the days together more ,” Shirley said . Young couples are busy with their families , their children and their work . They rush from one place to another and are always stressed , they noted . “ You rush through your life when you are young , but the older you get you just want to appreciate every day and not rush ,” Wade said . “ You appreciate just being together .” T
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