Our Love Story: Part Three

This is part three of a three-part series on how we met. You can catch up by reading parts one and two.


When we last left off, I was about to make “the call” for one last effort at a date with Mr. Whitaker.

Thankfully, when I made the call and nervously asked Scott to our sorority’s formal, he said, “Yes!” We enjoyed a pre-formal dinner date with some other couples. I also feel obligated to tell you that you should never curl your bangs like that. Ever.


The formal was lovely. We ended the evening by going to Midnight Yell Practice and shared our first kiss – three months after we first met. Does that even happen anymore? On the way home, we played a little Mission Impossible near the Academic Building with my best friend and her date. College kids. Scott stopped by my dorm room a few days later, on the last day of the semester, and wished me a merry Christmas. This is proof that selfies have been around a long time.

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And that was that. I was really quite sad that no phone numbers were shared but I powered onward and spent the holidays in my hometown. A few days before Christmas, a sorority sister of mine invited me to Dallas for the Cotton Bowl, played on New Year’s Day. I immediately said yes and made plans to go. As providence would have it, my home phone rang later that day. Scott had spied my dad’s name on the credit card I used at the winter formal, called information and hunted down my home phone. Ladies, I believe we call that the good ‘ol days. I was so touched he went to all that effort to track me down. Ah, life before Google.

He said he had an extra ticket to the George Strait concert in Dallas on New Year’s Eve and wondered if I would accompany him. Um, that’s a yes. I stayed with a sorority sister, enjoyed the concert and was elated that a nasty ice storm left him stranded at my girlfriend’s house. Her dad insisted he stay because the roads were so icy. If not for Mr. Nagle, there might not have been a Scott and Kathryn. That weekend sealed the deal and we officially started dating. And, yes, in case you’re wondering, Mr. Strait was just fantastic in concert. Our shirts, however, were not.

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My dad and brother drove down to San Antonio for a choir competition a month later and Scott and I met them there. I believe my dad said Scott almost shook his hand off. We dated for 3.5 years and on New Year’s Eve in 1995, in the same place where George sang his heart out, Scott proposed and asked me to be Mrs. Whitaker. Someday I should write that story out.

I always like to remind people that I met and fell in love with Scott long before he became a yell leader. What can I say. I know how to pick ’em. I don’t, however, have a career in cosmetology. That perm! Hey 1993. But that boy in the ultimate uniform? Winner.


We were married on July 27, 1996, just a few short weeks after college graduation.


Happy anniversary, Mr. Whitaker! Here’s to 19 pretty amazing years. They haven’t been without heartache and tears, joy or sorrow, adventure or the mundane. But every one of those years have been wrapped in faith and I’m grateful to have you as my husband. Here’s to 19+19+19 more!


  1. Kelly on July 27, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Happy Anniversary!

    We got married a week after our graduation too. Such happy memories of our dating and engagement. I loved reading your story.

  2. Madeline on July 27, 2015 at 7:54 am

    So part 4 is the engagement story? 🙂

  3. Mary Lee on July 27, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Love your story! Thanks for sharing. Happy anniversary! I also had an affinity for those boys in uniform but ended up marrying a boy from Walton Hall. He too managed to scrounge up my phone number over Christmas break through mutual friends pre-Facebook (or maybe right at the beginning of Facebook) days. 🙂

  4. Cami on July 27, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Awesome love story!! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Lori on July 27, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Beautiful story! Thank you for sharing. I’m looking forward to the engagement story. ?

  6. Elizabeth on July 27, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Love it, Kathryn! But the not going with you to the football game part- I do not love! 🙂 You guys are adorbs. Happy anniversary!

  7. Julie G. on July 27, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    So sweet, just lovely! Man, do I miss the 90’s!

  8. Verdina on July 28, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    My eyes are leaking! What a sweet story! What an amazing couple!

    Love you guys!


  9. Elizabeth P. on July 30, 2015 at 9:37 am

    From WAY back to our/your Aggie Angels days, I recall hearing all about your engagement story! So glad to see Happily Ever After still rolling on……Happy (Belated) Anniversary!

    • Kathryn on July 31, 2015 at 9:46 am

      Oh my goodness! So great to hear from you.

  10. Nicole on July 31, 2015 at 8:20 am

    I must say that the way you wrote this out, I don’t think your children will be too embarrassed reading it some day 🙂 Good job!

    Loved reading this story! Thank you so much for sharing. I wish you both a happy anniversary (a couple of days late), and am looking forward to the next chapter.

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