They 'lightened their load,' and found love in each other

Briony Braun and Matt Storz stroll down Watson Street, hand in hand, much as they did on their first date.

When Matt Storz left Eau Claire a couple years ago to move back to Ripon, he told a buddy of his something.

“I said, ‘I honestly believe I am going to meet my wife in Ripon,’” he said, laughing to himself as he recalls this. “I thought that was crazy.”

He was 32, had just lost his job, and was looking at reinventing himself in his old hometown.

Why would this be the time, he wondered, for him to find love?

But as this man, whose life is rooted deeply in his faith, discovered — it’s not about what his plan for life is. It’s more about Him and his plan.

So maybe he shouldn’t have been so surprised when he met Briony Braun this winter during Ripon Medical Center’s Lighten your Load (LyL) program.

Or that, now a few months later, they’re talking about a future together.

As winners of their categories in 2010 for LyL, each spent the last few months leading support groups for LyL, which ended last week Saturday.

Now they hope to share a life of supporting each other.

Read the full story in the April 14, 2011 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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