S: Our Engagement
BC: Now we will become one in God's eyes. Our wedding will be May 8th 2010.
FC: V & D | Our Love Story
1: Once apon a time there was a princess given by God to her parents Frank and Connie. Valerie Frances Oliveaux was born June 28th,1987. Valerie was raised by her parents and step parents. Connie and Richard Barton and Frank and Gigi Oliveaux. | Then there was a price given by God 6 months later to Jimmy and Tammy Herring.Derick Levi Herring was born January 11, 1988.
2: Derick and Valerie ended up going to middle and high school together and were just friends who saw each other on the hall and at parties. They kept in touch after high school even though Derick was no longer in Louisiana...He went to the United States Marine Corps and Valerie went to college for a Child Development Degree
4: After several dates, many text messages and phone calls they decided to start a relationship. A few months after this relationship started Derick was called to serve our country in Iraq. They decided to stay together and make it work by using e-mail and very long phone calls whenever Derick got a chance.
5: Turn the page to see how they made it apart.
6: Derick's First Tour In Iraq | Dear Valerie, i love u and miss u so much already ill email u when i get to iraq
7: Dear Derick, So its almost 1 am here and I will be up until 2 am. Let me know when you can be online, I can't wait to hear your voice or chat with you online.
8: things Valerie did while waiting | Dear Val, Hey I finally made it to Iraq and i will do whatever u want to do...i do respect u and love u a lot. I can't wait to talk to u again and I miss u a lot. I can't wait until this tour is over, but I heard today that we will be home in 3 months. YAY!!! Derick
9: Dear Derick, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 "Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away." Valerie. PS cant wait to hear from you.
10: After Derick finished in Iraq he decided that he couldn't go on with out Valerie in his life forever. They realized how much they loved each other and decided to get engaged. Derick called Valerie's Mom and Step Dad while he was in North Carolina and drove 5 hours to Virginia to talk to her Dad and Step Mom. After getting permission to marry their daughter he made the 15 hour drive to Louisiana to ask Valerie to marry him.
12: Engagement Pictures By Erin Costa Whitney