Couple brought together through church, prayer

Ismael Perez By Ismael Perez

Feb. 13, 2018 at 9:57 p.m.
Updated Feb. 14, 2018 at 6 a.m.

From left, Nicole, 37; Jordan, 5; and Will Kinnison, 37, share a laugh at Sportsman's Church, where their love story began.

From left, Nicole, 37; Jordan, 5; and Will Kinnison, 37, share a laugh at Sportsman's Church, where their love story began.   Madelynne Scales for The Victoria Advocate

Nicole Babb was a single lady looking for a husband to start a family with.

Will Kinnison was a single dad looking for a woman who could be a mother to his adopted 5-year-old son, Jordan Kinnison.

The Kinnisons said they were brought together through prayer and the love they had for Jordan.

"God pretty much lined us up," said Nicole, 37, a pre-K teacher at DeLeon Elementary School.

"I did a lot of praying about it and the answer was always the same," said Will, 37, a shop supervisor for Commercial Metals.

The family gathered at Son Valley Ranch on Friday, where the Sportman's Church congregation meets each Sunday.

Although Will and Nicole met in elementary school, they reunited years later through the church and would then marry each other.

Nicole, who has a passion for caring for children, would take care of the younger children during church. That was how she met Jordan.

"He was just a real cutie, curly-haired little boy who would just crawl on your lap and hug on you," she said. "Mainly, I wasn't interested in Will; I was interested in Jordan."

Before Jordan started school, Will and Nicole just knew of each other. That changed when Will and Jordan went shopping for school supplies at Office Depot and needed the help of a pre-K expert.

Will called Nicole and she agreed to help, as long as they changed their shopping location to Target.

He invited her to come back to eat hot dogs at their home, but by the time they finished shopping, it was dark. They decided to go to IHOP.

"We had dinner, and it was incredible," Will said. "Jordan was sitting next to her, not me. Watching them interact was incredible to me."

That night Will called his mentor and told him, "You will never believe what God just did."

He called Nicole and asked her out. The couple dated for four months, Will proposed November 2016, and they were engaged for four months until they married in March 2017.

Nicole said Jordan proposed to her first.

Jordan had brought her a purple ring he received for good behavior from a treasure box at school. Nicole said he told her, "I want to marry you, and I want you to be my mom."

"(I did it) because I love her," Jordan said about his proposal.

Nicole said she put the purple ring on her bouquet the day the three became a family. She officially adopted Jordan less than two weeks ago.

Some time before the couple started dating, Nicole was in her mid-30s praying to find a husband and to have children of her own. Will had just gone through a divorce and was working on the adoption process after fostering Jordan.

Will said going to Sportsman's Church turned out to be a great decision.

"When I started going to this church, God told me very clearly, 'This is the place for you,'" he said. "It got me a son, got me a wife. It's been incredible."

Nicole said the family is now planning to have more children. She said they are open to adoption.

For people who pray to find their other half, the Kinnisons suggested that people trust God.

"Don't give up; just be patient and know that God has something in store for each and every one of us," she said. "Listen to God and see where he wants you to be."



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