Now, over three and a half years after Ben’s death, Mattie has found love again.
In a post she shared on Instagram on Thursday (April 14), Mattie introduced her new boyfriend, Connor. She explained how they met, revealing that he’s the brother-in-law of one of her closest friends:
“Six months ago today I met one of my best friend’s brother-in-law[s] for happy hour with no expectations besides a little fun,” Mattie said. “Well, four hours later, drinks turned to dinner, and from that day til now, he has been one surprise after another.”
Mattie said she prayed for the longest time she’d one day get the chance to love someone again:
“I have believed, prayed, and claimed for 3 and a half years now that God would give me the chance to love someone with my whole heart again. Other dear widow friends assured me that my heart could heal and expand to love two people equally, though differently. And I hoped so desperately that would really be true.“
It turned out to be true for Mattie, as she says Connor is “more of an answer to prayer” than he realizes. She then went into detail about the type of person he is:
“Beyond his playful, generous, childlike spirit…he has this wonderfully tender heart that I didn’t even know I needed. Empathy, intentionality, and encouragement are his default mode, and not for a minute have I been anything but unapologetically myself. I couldn’t imagine anyone holding my losses and my dreams, my faults and my faithfulness, my sarcasm and my crazy competitiveness – shoot, every single part of who I am and what I’ve gone through – with such respect and appreciation and honor.“
Mattie expressed how grateful she is that she went to that happy hour meeting six months ago. She closed her post by telling Connor she loved him and saying, “...I can’t wait to see what this new chapter holds.”
Look below to read Mattie’s post introducing Connor to the world. She also shared several photos of the two of them together.
We’re so happy for Mattie, and wish her and Connor the best.