How did you two meet? Tell us your story.
Brittany: Patrick and I were in the same circle of friends in high school, but never actually met. I had a huge secret crush on him and even tried to base my plans around the likelihood that he might be there and we could finally meet. Finally, one summer night, I went to a friend’s house because several of us had plans flour another friend’s car as part of an ongoing prank war. I will never remember as we were walking up to the house, Patrick was out front, and I pretty much froze. He shook my hand and introduced himself with the friendliest, most genuine smile I had encountered. After that, I Facebook stalked him until I got the nerve to send a friend request and we began dating about 6 months later!
What do you love most about each other?
Brittany: What I love about Patrick is his eternal optimism, creative spirit, and ability to withstand my sweet tooth demands (including going to 711 after a 16 hour work day to get me chocolate when it was so desperately needed). But most of all, I love that Patrick is my best friend. I love that he is willing to sacrifice for us with that genuine smile of his and make me laugh on any given exhausting day.
Patrick: The thing I love most about my beloved Brittany is her charm. She has a kind and tender soul that I was proud to show off to my parents. She’s also got an amazing work ethic that is truly inspiring and she can cook. I don’t mean like casseroles and stuff like that… I mean things that matter like pie and stuff. She’s a warm light in a cloudy day and she’s my best friend.
What have you learned in your years of marriage?
Brittany: We have learned that, above all, look to each other for strength during moments of weakness. Our marriage has been filled with extremely stressful moments, as I’ve been in a demanding graduate program while Patrick has been working two jobs for years so that I can focus on my education. At the end of the day, the stresses of school, work, and finances can be draining, but we have learned to prioritize our time and make our relationship our number one priority!