Sarah and Brian
How We Met
Brian and I met in undergrad in 2008 through mutual friends. It definitely wasn’t a “meet cute” though! Ultimately, I needed help home from a party we attended and he was the only one who could drive my car that was a stick shift! Not cute. We were both struggling students and really just became great friends at the time. He was seeing someone and I had a guy interested in me. Over the next few months though, we were hanging out with each other so much we kind of left other “love interests” by the wayside. Then due to some unusual circumstances, he needed a place to stay so I let him move some stuff into my one bedroom apartment. Over time, more and more of his stuff ended up there and we got closer and closer. We drove to classes together, we made dinner together, and we started sharing my twin bed. One day while cuddled up on our only love seat watching our TV that sat on the floor he asked, “we date, don’t we?”. After laughing hysterically we both agreed we were officially dating but to this day, we don’t know WHEN the dating officially started. There is a picture we have of us together taken in May of 2009 and that’s when we call our anniversary.
How He Asked
Brian and I have never been traditional. We lived together first, then began dating. After 6 years of dating and building a life together, we decided that starting a family was more important to us than planning a wedding. We both WANTED a wedding but time and circumstances led us to start a family first. Once again, completely not traditional. We became pregnant with our son in February of this year which meant a December due date. Throughout the pregnancy, I got asked so many times, “don’t you want to be married?” Or “when is the wedding?”. Brian and I had talked about it several times over 6 years together. I trusted him and knew he would ask when it was right for us. On December 2nd, after being in a labor for 13.5 hours with Brian by my side, we welcomed our son Jasper earthside at 10:45 pm. The labor was natural and rough but our 6 lb 14 oz piece of heaven was beyond worth it. Brian was such a great birth partner. The next day I was exhausted but elated to have my boy in my arms. Friends and family came to the hospital to meet the much anticipated baby Calhoun. At one point, Brian said he had a special outfit for Jasper he wanted to put on him. Brian and I like rival NFL teams so I was sure it was an outfit for his team. Brian dressed the baby while I chatted with friends about the delivery and when he brought him back to me his little onesie wasn’t buckled and his arm wasn’t all the way through! As I went to fix his outfit I saw what was on it… “Will you marry my daddy?”. I looked up to see Brian on his knee with ring in hand. I couldn’t speak! I just nodded repeatedly! Brian’s niece managed to snap a photo when she caught what was going on. Everyone in the room was in tears. I became both a mother and a fiancé within 24 hours. The best 2 days of my life.