How did you two meet? Tell us your story.
I get a lot of surprise from others when I tell the story of how Chris and I first met. We were both seventeen years old and were working at a local movie theater. About a year into working there Chris started working there too. I immediately like him. I liked his humor and his smile. I remember soon after meeting at work we were having a conversation about vegetarianism (I was a vegetarian at the time, now we are both vegans) and Chris said he would go vegetarian if his wife were one. I think this statement made me realize he was the one for sure. We kept laughing and talking at work and I went on my first date almost ten years ago and haven’t had to go on any first dates since. Chris and I got engaged when we were nineteen and married a few years later.
What do you love most about each other?
Her: There is so much I love about Chris. Meeting and dating when we were seventeen years old I feel like we have been through so much together. Chris is my humor on a bad day; he has a way of making me laugh and keeping me a float when life pulls me down. He always seems to know just what I need when I am upset or have had a bad day. He is always there to listen when I come home and rant about my day. When getting ready for a date and I am throwing clothes around Chris just looks at me and says, “take your time.” I love that he always complements me on the days when I don’t try at all and claims he likes when I just wear a sweatshirt and jeans. He is my best friend. He is the arm around me when I lay awake at night thinking about tomorrow. Chris is today what I nicknamed him when we were first dating. He is my wonderful.
Him: Sarah and I have changed a lot in the 10 years we’ve been together. Most people are not so lucky as to find the person they want to spend the rest of their life with when they are just kids but I was so lucky. As people we have changed a lot but the one thing that hasn’t changed is our love for each other. She is a better person than I and she makes me want to be better person myself. I love the way she wakes up early to make breakfast on Sundays or humors me when I make stupid jokes that aren’t funny or sends me a random text saying she loves me. I love that she cares about others more than she cares about herself and tries to fix things that I would have long ago given up on. Whether we are traveling or running or gardening or watching TV way too late into the night, I’m lucky to be spending the rest of our lives together.
What have you learned in your years of marriage?
Chris and I have been married for almost five years. Chris and I got married a little younger than most of our friends; I was 21, he was 22. Marriage is definitely not always easy. It is recognizing that your wants and needs can’t always come first. It is learning to compromise. It is working to communicate better and making one’s thoughts and feelings know. Marriage is also sharing your life with your best friend. Through all of life’s up and downs I am so thankful that Chris has been there by my side.