Without Borders, an International Love
Apr11

Without Borders, an International Love

With 8,597 miles, a 7 hour time difference, and native languages between them, a love between crusader Regina Hauser and Belgium resident Mathis Deville was unlikely. However, now three years strong, the pair has a bond between them that no ocean could break. Sophomore Clinical Lab Scientist Regina Hauser is originally from Bynum, Texas, population 199. Being from this tiny farm town, Hauser grew close to many in the student body and participated in many school activities and sports. Mathias Deville is originally from Brussels, Belgium with a population of 1.175 million people. Bynum residents usually flocked to meet any new foreign exchange students that would be living and studying for the school year, but Hauser noticed girls especially flocked to one new foreign exchange student in particular. She noticed this at one of the first football games of the fall 2014 season. “I remember noticing how strange that most of the girls were surrounding him like bees with honey on the bleachers, but I didn’t know who he was so I didn’t care,” Hauser said. “I was dressed in my volleyball uniform, sitting on one side of the gym, and weirdly enough, I remember what he was wearing. Mathias was wearing a pink polo shirt with khakis. Then I saw everyone adding this guy on Facebook so I added him and saw his pictures but didn’t talk to him.” After a few months of glances and flirtatious smiles, Deville messaged Hauser on Facebook, and a whirlwind romance bloomed. Soon, the two began hanging out together outside of school and on social media, and they quickly became inseparable. “The first time I saw him outside of a school setting and we spoke… I struggled understanding his French/Flemish accent,” Hauser said as she laughed about it. “We dated for about two months after that, and it was awesome. We became close and usually pretty inseparable. But then, he started listening to all of the negative comments school boys were saying about me. Since I had rejected all of them and instantly started dating the new boy in school, they started spreading awful rumors about me, so we decided to break up.” Weeks went by, and Hauser began dreading her encounters with her former boyfriend. Stolen glances and lingering tension was all that seemed to remain between the two, until one day Hauser suspected her sister of withholding information. “One night my sister told me he approached her to ask about me and that he’d been keeping up with me through her the whole time,” Hauser remembered with a smile. “Mathias started texting me again and we started to become good...

Read More
Dates on a Budget
Feb09

Dates on a Budget

Showing your significant other how much they mean to you doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money on them. There are plenty of ways to spend quality time together and create new memories, all on a budget. Picnicking – Pack food that both of you enjoy, find a spot in nature, and enjoy the scenery as you eat and talk to your hearts content. Nolan Creek has plenty of spots available for a romantic picnic. Go to the movies – An inexpensive place to go see a movie is at The Beltonian Theatre. Tickets are $3.99 a person plus tax. Also, at the Beltonian, you can even use CruCash. Have a game night – This could mean solving a puzzle together, playing card and board games, or playing a video game. Friendly competition and problem solving is a great way to spend time with your beloved. Get some coffee – One great place that is perfect to wind down and really get to talk to your significant other is at a coffee shop. Arusha’s Coffee and Tea is a great place to grab a cup of joe. Often, the coffee shop has musicians that perform inside, making coffee and music a wonderful opportunity to have meaningful conversations. Watch a show – Have you still not finished that season of Longmire? Or how about The Office? Staying home and binge watching a show is a fun way to pass the time with your boyfriend or girlfriend. Go antiquing – One of the best parts about Belton is that it is a hub for antique shops. Why not walk around downtown Belton and go antiquing with your significant other? Both of you will be sure to have fun, find interesting items, and create unique...

Read More
Cru Love: UMHB’s Vice President – alumni turned love story
Feb09

Cru Love: UMHB’s Vice President – alumni turned love story

When asked what he loved most about his wife, Dr. Steve Theodore, Vice President of the university, had many endearing words: “Grace’s commitment to Christ….she’s dedicated to serving our family and others…. she is practical and not materialistic.” Steve and his wife Grace Theodore are both alumni of UMHB, and together, create a beautiful type of love. In the spring of 1985, Dr. Theodore helped start Young Life in Belton. Working as the Belton Leader for Young Life, Dr.Theodore received help from the Temple leader and his assistant for music- Grace. “Steve doesn’t remember meeting me,” laughed Grace, remembering their first encounter. “We initially met at a Young Life meeting in Belton. Along with others, Steve was helping start Young Life in Belton and I was helping with the music. We met again in the summer of ‘86 at Immanuel Baptist in Temple where Steve was interning for Dr. Byron Weathersbee, the youth minister.” “Byron asked Grace to help with a kids’ camp in the gym,” said Steve. “I was helping lead the camp. When Grace worked with me at the Immanuel Baptist kids’ camp, she was a sophomore at Baylor.” After dating for a year and growing together as a couple, Grace made the bold decision to transfer to UMHB. “I decided to transfer to UMHB to pursue my education degree and be closer to Steve,” admitted Grace. “We had a lot of fun with Steve’s friends on campus.” The couple continued to grow and fall in love, but after 2 and a half years, called it quits. “I grew in love with Steve throughout our 2 1/2 years of dating,” Grace said. “During a brief break up, I realized I didn’t want to live without him.” When asked what she loved most about her husband, Grace had much to say: “His love for and interaction with our kids, integrity, commitment to our marriage, [his] fun-loving [nature] and good sense of humor.“ “There wasn’t a singular moment,” Steve said when asked when he knew he loved his wife. “We grew together over time. We have learned that marriage is a give-and-take relationship and we’ve learned to compromise. It’s important to find middle ground on issues like money management and parenting styles,” Steve said. “Having a marriage based on Christian principles has given us a strong foundation for all aspects of marriage.” Having been married for many years now, the pair have grown as both leaders in their community as well as with their family. “We raised our children, Lauren and Luke, in a loving, Christian home,” Grace said. “And me, I taught elementary and preschool children for 21...

Read More
Cru Love: 1987 waterballoon prank turns life-long romance
Jan24

Cru Love: 1987 waterballoon prank turns life-long romance

“May it be noted: in this exact spot where I am standing, my parents saw each other for the very first time. #MyUMHB” That is what incoming fall 2018 freshman, Payton Mayes, tweeted during Preview Weekend in November of 2017. Standing outside of Getty’s Hall, Payton reminisced on the very place where her parents first saw each other. Michael and Holly Mayes’ story is as unique as their love: playful, filled with joy, and intertwined with the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. While playing basketball and pursuing a degree, Michael Mayes never thought he’d meet someone that would one day be his wife and future mother of his children at UMHB. Sitting in front of Getty’s during the spring semester of 1987 with a friend, he noticed two girls approaching. He didn’t think much of the pair, until suddenly they were drenched by a bucket of water, thrown from the balcony. “All of a sudden this huge amount of water comes pouring off the balcony and totally drenches these two girls. I looked up and there are these two clowns up there laughing, and I just thought it was about the funniest thing I’d ever seen.” Looking back, he remembered the event with a laugh. “I guess she heard me laugh, and boy she turned and looked at me, and I thought ‘Oh that girl’s pretty, and pretty mad too.’” At the time, local Belton High Schooler, Holly, had gone with her friend, Grace, to visit Grace’s boyfriend, now Dr. Steve Theodore, Vice President of the university. As they approached his dorm building, they had been chatting and didn’t notice Steve at the balcony, awaiting the right moment to dunk water on them. Years later, her friend Grace would marry that same boy who dunked water on her, and Holly would marry the boy who laughed at them. In the summer of 1990, the couple finally formally met when they both worked for Summer Fun in Belton. That summer, as Michael attended summer classes and Holly enjoyed being home for the warm months from Baylor University, the pair began dating and unknowingly began their future. Now with their youngest daughter excitedly anticipating her freshman year come fall, the couple looked back fondly at how the university was intertwined with their lives. “We were the third house on 10th, just across the street from the university,” Michael said. “I used to bring Payton and her sister over here all the time and they would skate around the quad. She’s been coming over here for as long as she can remember. It’s always been here, it’s always been what we’ve been about.”...

Read More