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How did you two meet? Tell us your story.
It was the fall of my freshman year of college and Chase’s Junior year. Chase’s fraternity, was holding a function called ‘Champagne Breakfast.’ Chase and I didn’t know one another before this event. We both had different dates and had left them for some unknown reason, neither of us can remember now. Chase was in a small room with a magnum of champagne in his hand, and cordially I entered and he asked if I would like a drink. I accepted the offer. We started with the regular chitchat, discussing our majors and campus involvement. For whatever reason, we began using British accents and discussed moving to Great Britain where we would work internationally, me at the United Nations and he for Doctors Without Borders. This carried on for some time. The conversation eventually ended, neither of us remembers how, and we moved on to socialize with other people. Little did we know how much of the conversation would come true. . .
I was mortified after this event. We ran into one another off and on for months. He would say “hi” and try to make conversation and I would try to avoid him. Fate found us both single in the spring and so, Chase asked me over for a movie. I agreed, yet, sat on the opposite side of the couch and invited a chaperone. I wasn’t sure I was ready to date anyone seriously, and so, attempted to remain aloof. But try as I might, Chase remained determined to, as he told his mother, “get the girl”, leaving messages at my sorority front desk, finding excuses to stop by, and inviting me to study with him. After a short time his persistence paid off. After a few weeks we decided to become “exclusive”. Since then, we have been through ups and downs, but never left each other’s side.
What do you love most about eachother?
She said: His unwavering determination, his adventurous spirit and his ability to stay cool when everyone else is loosing their mind. He is my best friend and my constant cheerleader. Oh, and his laugh is so contagious that whether or not I think something is funny, if he cracks up about it I can’t help myself from joining in.
He said: I’m crazy about my wife for a lot of reasons. It’s the little things she does like dance moves in the kitchen or hopping up and down while she’s excited that makes me laugh. And you can never laugh enough, frankly. She’s an idealist. She gets upset when a trip or dinner or birthday gift isn’t what she expected it to be. I’m a realist so her optimism and expectations is a wonderful thing when all I read about is negative things that are happening in the world. Bea on the other hand does all the little things to make me feel happy, like save the last bite of ice cream. She’s a giver, a volunteer in more organizations than I can even name, and she will be a better mother to my children than I could ever imagine. I’m thankful for her every day.
What have you learned in your years of marriage?
We’ve learned a lot about love and marriage in the last three years but here’s what stands out the most – learn how to communicate. Learn how to talk when you’re happy, angry, sad or disappointed. Learn how to listen. Learn how to express your feelings and be honest with one another. Learn how to talk about the hard stuff like money, parents, babies and jobs. Share when you are happy and tell one another you love them. If you can communicate and really listen to one another, you can get through almost anything.