February 01, 2009
Kurt and Brenda Warner
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner (L) hugs his wife Brenda after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL's NFC Championship football game in Glendale, Arizona January 18, 2009.
Kurtis the Stock Boy and Brenda the Checkout Girl
In a supermarket, Kurtis the stock boy, was busily working when a new voice came over the loud speaker asking for a carry out at register 4. Kurtis was almost finished, and wanted to get some fresh air, and decided to answer the call. As he approached the check-out stand a distant smile caught his eye, the new check-out girl was beautiful. She was an older woman (maybe 26, and he was only 22) and he fell in love.
Later that day, after his shift was over, he waited by the punch clock to find out her name. She came into the break room, smiled softly at him, took her card and punched out, then left. He looked at her card, BRENDA. He walked out only to see her start walking up the road. Next day, he waited outside as she left the supermarket, and offered her a ride home. He looked harmless enough, and she accepted. When he dropped her off, he asked if maybe he could see her again, outside of work. She simply said it wasn't possible.
He pressed and she explained she had two children and she couldn't afford a baby-sitter, so he offered to pay for the baby-sitter. Reluctantly she accepted his offer for a date for the following Saturday. That Saturday night he arrived at her door only to have her tell him that she was unable to go with him. The baby-sitter had called and canceled. To which Kurtis simply said, "Well, let's take the kids with us."
She tried to explain that taking the children was not an option, but again not taking no for an answer, he pressed. Finally Brenda, brought him inside to meet her children. She had an older daughter who was just as cute as a bug, Kurtis thought, then Brenda brought out her son, in a wheelchair. He was born a paraplegic with Down Syndrome.
Kurtis asked Brenda, "I still don't understand why the kids can't come with us?" Brenda was amazed. Most men would run away from a woman with two kids, especially if one had disabilities - just like her first husband
and father of her children had done. Kurtis was not ordinary - - - he had a different mindset.
That evening Kurtis and Brenda loaded up the kids, went to dinner and the movies. When her son needed anything Kurtis would take care of him. When he needed to use the restroom, he picked him up out of his wheelchair, took him and brought him back. The kids loved Kurtis. At the end of the evening, Brenda
knew this was the man she was going to marry and spend the rest of her life with.
A year later, they were married and Kurtis adopted both of her children. Since then they have added two more kids.
So what happened to Kurtis the stock boy and Brenda the check-out girl?
Well, Mr. & Mrs. Kurt Warner now live in Arizona , where he is currently employed as the quarterback of the National Football League Arizona Cardinals and has his Cardinals in the hunt for a possible appearance in the Super Bowl. Is this a surprise ending or could you have guessed that he was not an ordinary person.
It should be noted that he also quarterbacked the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI. He has also been the NLF's Most Valuable Player twice and the Super Bowl's Most Valuable Player. For those of you who don't know this: Kurtis is a Christian and proclaims it every chance he gets
Wild Thing's comment........
I just LOVE this story!! One other thing,
Brenda was a nurse, a cheerleader and also is a United States Marine Corps veteran.
....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.
3rd Mar.Div. 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment
1/9 Marines aka The Walking Dead
Posted by Wild Thing at February 1, 2009 04:44 AM
Kurt is exactly as everyone says he is. A very special man. My hubby's cousin Scott was two years behind Warner at UNI (University of Northern Iowa) and was on the football team as well. We would all do well to try and emulate Mr. and Mrs. Warner in our own lives. No matter what God puts there, you deal with it and don't complain about it. I'm sure they get frustrated sometimes, everyone does, but this is an exemplary family. And I hope Kurt's team wins tonight. My family likes him very much.
Posted by: Lynn at February 1, 2009 07:04 AM
I will bet he's a Sarah Palin fan too. They also have a bunch of kids. Since that story he and his wife, Brenda, have seven children: sons Zachary, Kade and Elijah and daughters Jesse, Jada and twins Sienna and Sierra … Let's hope he can put his degree in communications to good use tonight and whup the Steelers.
Posted by: Mark at February 1, 2009 07:22 AM
Ooorah Chrissie!!! That story is fantastic. Thank you.
Posted by: Jack at February 1, 2009 12:57 PM