So if you’ve read Free Stylin’ for even a second you know that I have a total blog crush on Sarah from Thrifty Decor Chick. I began reading her blog when we were living in Key West, FL in a tiny company apartment. My cute little family went through a lot of personal hardships and trials during that time, and I was homesick, pregnant, and all around lonely. I’ve always enjoyed decorating as a outlet, but because of where we were living, I couldn’t make any decorating choices or changes. (Don’t feel too bad for me…I did go to the beach a lot which helped!!) Reading TDC was very therapeutic for me. Because Sarah is such a skilled writer, I felt like she was speaking to me, like we were e-mailing or talking back and forth. Her posts and home improvement projects were a source of joy and comfort. I’ve continued to read TDC through the years and was beyond thrilled to finally have a chance to meet Sarah in person last summer. I ended up crying and looking like a complete moron. (Click HERE to read all about it.) I am so grateful that Sarah has agreed to share her love story with all of you.
1. How long have you been together? How did you two meet?
Oh my goodness, we’ve known each other forever now! I’ve known him since 1992, but we’ve only been married eight years now. I’ve known my husband for more than half of my life now – we’ve been through so much together, he is truly my best friend for life.
This was soon after our son was born (about five years ago) on a school trip to Hawaii.
2. How did he (or you!) propose?
You know, he or I never really proposed! We had been together so long and just said, you know what, we need to just do this! He had been married before and I know there was a bit of hesitation there – not about us necessarily, but marriage in general. We finally decided on a date for our unusual nuptials and planned it all in a few months time.
3. What was your wedding like? Any funny, special, or crazy stories about your big day?
Yet again, we were different in the way we did the whole marriage thing. I’m odd in that I never dreamed of a fluffy white dress as a kid…or even my future wedding. (I was too busy daydreaming about being an interior decorator.) So when we decided we were ready to get hitched, we wanted to do it our way. We planned a trip for just us and some close family and went to New York City.
We were married at City Hall in the middle of the week, on a VERY cold and snowy day in December. I didn’t even wear a dress – I bought a beautiful cream colored suit to wear and didn’t end up even wearing the fancy pants that went with it – there was too much snow and I wasn’t about to carry them on the subway or the taxi!
We got married in a private ceremony that was actually quite lovely. I was a tad nervous when we got started and I remember that I kept looking at the officiant when I started saying my vows, instead of my soon-to-be husband. I glanced over at my hubby and realized he had been looking at me the whole time. I will never forget that moment. (And I started looking into his eyes instead of the officiant’s from that point on.)
When we returned home we had a reception with family and one with friends. To this day I wouldn’t change a thing about how we got married. It was perfect for US.
4. What do you love to do together?
We love to travel, mostly to New York. We always have good intentions to branch out to new locations, but it rarely happens. Our kids are obsessed with the city as well now, so we take the whole family along. When we’re home we just like to hang out there…at home. My husband travels a lot for his business so we treasure that time together just relaxing in our house. We also love to eat out – we do so more than we should, but I’m sure not going to argue since I don’t have to make dinner so often!
5. What’s your favorite thing about him? What’s his favorite thing about you?
Oh my goodness – this is easy for me. He is the most patient man I’ve ever met. I seriously don’t know how he puts up with me – I would give anything for just a smidge of his calm demeanor. He is also the hardest working man I’ve ever known – he LOVES his work (he’s a band director and a composer/arranger) but it’s more than just that. He would die if he couldn’t provide for and take care of us, it so important to him.
OK, I just asked him what his favorite thing about me was and he said “There’s too many things I love about you to pick just one.” Kid you not people – I love him! I tried to get him to nail it down and he said he loves that I let him be “him” in life and in our marriage and that I’m such a great mom.
The whole letting each other be “us” is what makes our marriage work. We accept each other, our loves and passions, and encourage each other to reach our dreams in life. I could NOT do what I do (blogging for a career) without his love and support. Not a chance. I am so lucky to have him.
Excuse the blurriness – our son was the photographer.
Oh my gosh – what a unique and sweet story! Thank you so much, Sarah and Mr. TDC, for sharing with us!Pin It