Our Love Story Link-Up

Michael, Me & our pups!

1. How long have you and your significant other been together?

Wait?! I have a significant other?! Yes, friends, he does exist! Michael and I have known each other for ten years?! Yes, I guess that is about right. We dated on and off for a few of those years.


2. How did you meet? {What’s your “love” story?} 
I started working at the same store Michael was working at over summer break (from college) because a friend of mine worked there. I ran into him as he was coming out of the back and introduced myself (Please Note: Hisversion is that I leapt in front of him, blocking his path and not only introduced myself, but announced I was studying Criminal Justice. I maintain it did not happen like this). I was instantly attracted to him and long story short, we started dating about a month before my 21st birthday – after he swore up and down he would not a) date anyone he worked with and b) date anyone under 21. I must have been lucky!
3. If married, how long have you been married? 
Our fifth wedding anniversary will be in July.

4. If you are married, where did you get married at? Big or small wedding? 

We had a small wedding in Westerville, Ohio, which is where I grew up. We got married at a church and had our reception at the Everal Barn and Homestead. It is a beautiful site. Included on the National Register of Historic Places, the Everal Barn it is named for one of the earliest families to settle the area. We had a small, afternoon wedding, and since the Everal Barn is dry, it worked out perfectly because people could continue the celebration afterwards, if they wanted. We took my Dad’s ’77 Charger to the wedding and reception. It was so much fun! We served a family style dinner, had a DJ and a traditional Slovak cookie table, which my Mom baked for. We got married on 07/07/07 – again, I must have been lucky! 😉

5. Do you have any nick-names that you call one another? Do share!
We’re not the nickname type. Although, Michael does like to yell “Hon!” from whatever room he is in that I am not. Does Michael count? I am one of the few that actually calls him by his full name! He introduced himself to me as that and it stuck.


6. Name 3 things you love most about your honey.
  1. He is the total opposite of me! I can always count on him to shed a different light on almost any situation we are in. He encourages me to “think outside the box.”
  2. He has an adventurous spirit.
  3. He values marriage the way I do.

7. Tell us how he proposed? 
He proposed under the fireworks on July 4, 2006. The Fourth of July is my absolute favorite holiday, and I love fireworks. He waited until about halfway through the show and then he got down on one knee in front of me and said, “Sara, will you marry me?” I was so excited I couldn’t decide if I should look at him, the ring or the fireworks. I remember saying “Yes!” and people around us were cheering.

He normally does this at fireworks!

8. Is he a flowers and teddy bear kind of guy for v-day, or strawberries, champagne, and rose petals?

We normally don’t do anything special for Valentine’s Day, but Michael is not a flowers and teddy bear kind of guy. He is romantic, though, and likes to cook a candlelight dinner. He cooks the best homemade pizza!

 9. Are you a sunset dinner on the beach kind of girl, or pop a movie in and relax on the couch?

Once in awhile, we enjoy a nice evening out to dinner, but we are more likely to pop in a movie and relax on the couch. Michael does sweet things that he knows I enjoy like taking me to the zoo or to art festivals.  

Other times we just get matching tattoos.
10. Tell us one thing you’d like to do with your significant one day. If you could do anything? Go anywhere?
I would sail around the world with Michael. For now, we canoe the Ohio waterways. 
11. Tell us what you plan on doing on this Valentine’s Day. 

Nothing special! We will probably cook dinner together and maybe watch a movie. And, he probably won’t mind if I go for a run, which is another thing I love about him! 😉 

12. Are you asking for anything this Valentine’s day?

No. We don’t exchange gifts on Valentine’s Day. I am just happy we both have the evening off!

13. Give us one piece of advice of keeping a relationship strong and full of love. 

Tell one another “I love you” everyday and mean it. A simple hug and a kiss can go a long way to make someone feel loved. Michael would like you to know one thing – Patience! And that is all. 

14.  Show us a picture of what love means to you.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Until the next mile marker,


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  1. runningperseverance says

    ahhhhh! LOVE THIS! you all are seriously the cutest and your wedding photos are gorgeous! LOVE those matching tattoos as well. so cool! Happy Valentine’s Day dear friend! I hope you have a fantastic day 🙂

  2. Loved this sweet story, Sara. Such beautiful pictures, too. I am so happy that you and Michael have each other… Have a wonderful <3 Day!

  3. Loved reading this. You to are so cute together.

  4. Running While Mommy says

    That is so great! Loved reading it.

  5. Ali Mc @ Running with Spatulas says

    just found you. Love your story and Michael – and the pups 😉 you won Elle’s giveaway so I cam eon over b/c Julia said you were awesome 😀

  6. Such a great story–love the pics! 🙂

  7. RunningMandy says

    Great story and great pictures!

  8. IsleStyleRun says

    Awwwwww… cute! Love this!

    Sorry for being so MIA lately… glad to have caught this post, though!

  9. Suzanne Westenhofer says

    Such a sweet post Sara! Hope you two had a great Valentine’s Day!

  10. Christina @ Just Running says

    Aww, thanks for sharing your story! I love your wedding pictures. You two make such a cute couple. Okay, so how much older than you is Michael?

  11. College Dating says

    Great love story you got here! God bless you both and congratulations. 🙂

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