We met on our high school cross-country team in 2003. However, we didn’t really “hang out” until 2007, after Sam serendipitously drove by Andy while he was out for a run and honked at him. We hadn’t seen each other for a few years, but that brief encounter led to an AOL instant messenger conversation later that evening. We ended up meeting up at a local park just to “catch up” but both almost immediately felt a deeper connection.
We started dating (long distance, as Andy was at West Point at the time) shortly after that first meeting and were married in 2009. Andy deployed to Afghanistan a month later, and we finally moved in together when he returned in December 2010.
As a couple, we love just chilling out at home together, watching Netflix, playing Scrabble and Super Smash (on the Wii), and spending time with our kids. We both share a nerdy passion for Star Wars and entered the reception hall at our wedding engaged in a lightsaber duel.