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Brenda and Kurt Warner Marriage Profile

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Kurt and Brenda Warner on May 2, 1003 at the White House in Washington, D.C.

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Brenda and Kurt Warner's life theme as a couple is "faith and family come first." Here is information on how Kurt and Brenda met, their wedding, their children, and more.

Born:

Kurtis "Kurt" Eugene Warner: June 22, 1971 in Burlington, Iowa.

Brenda Carney Meoni: Abt. 1968 in Iowa.

How Brenda and Kurt Met:

Kurt met Brenda in 1992 at a country bar.

Brenda: "The first night we met, after we danced that night, I told him, [Kurt] 'I just want you to know I am a divorced mother of two, so if I never hear from you again, I will understand.' That's the way it usually worked. The next morning, he showed up with a rose and wanted to meet the kids. He fell in love with the kids a lot sooner than he fell in love with me. He looked at us as three blessings instead of just one. I just kept waiting for the man that I deserved, and God blessed me with him."
Source: Gordon Robertson. "Kurt Warner on Love, Life and God." Cbn.com.

Kurt: "She [Brenda] just caught my eyes. There was something different about her, something that stood out. She wasn't like all of the other women in the bar and women that I had met. There was something that stood out. That first night, we danced together and I really got to know her and found out there was something different about her."
Source: Gordon Robertson. "Kurt Warner on Love, Life and God." Cbn.com.

Kurt about his wedding proposal: "First I placed a courtesy call to Chach, Brenda's maternal grandmother, to ask for Brenda's hand in marriage ... The only other people who knew were our friends Mike and Mary Pat Schulte, whom I needed to help execute my elaborate plan. And it was elaborate ... I made a long to-do list that served as my guide. For sentimental purposes, I still keep that old, weathered checklist in my wallet."
Source: Kurt Warner, Michael Silver. All Things Possible: My Story of Faith, Football, and the First Miracle Season. 2001. pg 112.

After being escorted to an elaborate dinner in a limousine, Brenda was disappointed that Kurt had not proposed. When they arrived home, she followed a path of petals to their backyard patio. While their song "Fishin' in the Dark" was playing, Kurt got on one knee, turned on Christmas lights on the fence that formed the words, "Will You Marry Me?", gave her a single red rose with the engagement ring, and popped the question. Then he proposed to the kids.

Wedding Date:

Married on October 11, 1997 at St. John American Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls, Iowa, they had more than 250 guests. Kurt's brother Matt Warner was the best man. Brenda walked down the aisle alone since her parents had died in a tornado in 1996.

Brenda and Kurt honeymooned at a resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

Children:

Children Kurt and Brenda have seven children.
  • Zachary Warner: Born in 1989. Adopted by Kurt.
  • Jesse Warner: Born abt. 1992. Adopted by Kurt.
  • Kade Warner: Born in 1998.
  • Jada Warner: Born in 2001.
  • Elijah Warner: Born in 2003.
  • Sierra Rose Warner: Born in 2005.
  • Sienna Rae Warner: Born in 2005.
Brenda had two miscarriages.
"Little did I know Kurt was praying that God would restore what was lost. I wish he would have prayed to have one at a time, but God took it as twins," she said with a grin.
Source: Source: Craig Harris. "This time, Warner's wife is ready for the limelight." AzCentral.com. 1/28/2009.

Occupations:

Kurt: Professional football quarterback. Former bag-boy at Hy-Vee store.

Brenda: Helped establish First Things First Foundation. Brenda is a former Marine corporal and nurse.

Residence:

Kurt and Brenda have a home in Paradise Valley in Arizona.

Previous Marriages:

Brenda was previously married to Mr. Meoni. They met while she was in the military. "The marriage lasted less than four years but produced two children: Zack and Jesse. The oldest child, Zack, suffers from brain damage and a loss of vision from a childhood accident."
Source: Craig Harris. "This time, Warner's wife is ready for the limelight." AzCentral.com. 1/28/2009.

Quotes About the Marriage of Brenda and Kurt Warner:

Kurt: "Brenda and I have experienced extreme highs and lows -- and through it all our faith and our family are the fabric that holds everything together."
Source: KurtWarner.org

Kurt: "None of this feels as good unless you can share it with someone. I get to share it with my best friend and the person I'm in love with, and that happens to be my wife. We have done this together ... and I wouldn't do it with anyone else." Source: Craig Harris. "This time, Warner's wife is ready for the limelight." AzCentral.com. 1/28/2009.

Brenda about Kurt possibly retiring: "If he wants to walk away, that's fine with me. I love watching him do what he was born to do, but at the same time, it's hard watching a bunch of grown men try to hurt your husband almost every day."
Source: Wayne Drehs. "Good deeds are Warner's focus." ESPN.com. 12/24/2008.

Kurt: "She just said she loved me," Warner would recall, almost breaking down as he did. "I apologize," he said, holding back tears. "She's one of the few people who's been with me from the beginning."
Source: Mark Kriegel. "Warner savors sharing victory with his wife." FoxSports.com. 1/19/2009.

Brenda: "Now he's [Kurt] reading that we shouldn't have premarital sex, we shouldn't drink in excess or be drunk. He's finding all these things and calling me on it. So we had to make changes. He wanted to get our lives right. He decided no sex for the year until we were married. Who does that? Who goes back? But he found that in the bible and wanted to live that way."
Source: Wayne Drehs. "Good deeds are Warner's focus." ESPN.com. 12/24/2008.

Wayne Drehs on the Warners' parenting: "Yet every time the Warners go out to eat, they ask their kids to select one family in the restaurant to anonymously buy dinner for. They ask their kids to tell them the eye color of any guests to their home, making sure that they've made eye contact when introducing themselves."
Source: Wayne Drehs. "Good deeds are Warner's focus." ESPN.com. 12/24/2008.

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