My name is Kristy Sims and my fiancee's name is Josh Henson. We are both life-long residents of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, with both of us having ancestors who were original settlers of the area. We met 4 years ago in a political science class at the University of South Alabama. We have always said that it must have been fate that brought us together because I was not even supposed to be in Josh's class. There was a mistake on my schedule and my major was criminal justice, not political science. We have been engaged since June of 2007.
We are both new teachers, with this year being my first year to teach and it being Josh's second year. I currently teach special education at Singing River Elementary School in Gautier and am working on my Master's degree at William Carey University in Gulfport. Josh taught science and coached football at North Gulfport Middle School last year, but this year he is teaching social studies and coaching basketball at St. Martin High School in Ocean Springs.
Winning the wedding is the ONLY way that we will be able to have the wedding of our dreams. As everyone knows, teachers are not wealthy, and we are going to have to pay for our wedding ourselves. Traditionally the bride's parents pay for the wedding, but in our case that is not going to happen. Due to unfortunate circumstances, I was raised by my grandmother, who recently passed away. My grandfather drowned in the Pascagoula River, leaving my grandmother to raise her younger children, my cousin, and me as best she could, financially. We struggled, daily, to make ends meet. Fortunately, I received grants, student loans, and scholarships in order to attend college at Perk and at the University of South Alabama. I am eternally grateful for the help I received. I also held various jobs throughout jr high, high school, and college, sometimes holding 2 or 3 at a time. During my 2nd year at Perk, I often commuted several times a week between Stone County and George County to help my grandmother who was dying of cancer.
Josh and I have both always been very active in the community and civic affairs, such as building playgrounds and ramps for the handicapped, helping provide Christmas for needy children on the coast, ringing the bell for the Salvation Army at Christmas, delivering food and clothing to the needy, and more. Our hobbies include hunting, fishing, camping, visiting friends and watching almost all sports. Josh was intramural athlete of the year at South, and I was a Bulldog Babe (bat girl) at Perk.
I am very grateful for my education and for the chance to teach my little special students; however, nothing has ever come easy for me, and I have had to work very hard to get where I am today. The Kelly Pickler song "Do You Ever Think of Me?" is pretty much the story of my life. Winning this wedding would be the ultimate thrill for Josh and me. We are engaged, but as of now have not set a date or made any definite plans, mainly due to the costs involved. We would appreciate winning this wedding more than you could ever know.