Our Love Story
They say opposites attract and that can be said of us for sure. Where James can be more easy going, Molly can be more structured. Where Molly is more life of the party, James enjoys a small group of friends to hang with. Where Molly can be a 5 year planner, James is good at seeing the next step to take. Simultaneously though we are two peas in a pod. We are both the firstborns of our family, rule followers and people who love to lead. We both have similar interests and even work in similar careers. We get each other like nobody else does because at the end of the day we are a whole lotta like.
We met in college and fell for each other rather quickly. James when he first laid eyes on Molly and Molly the first time she had a one on one conversation with James. After that we remained friends for a few months, James taught Molly guitar for an excuse to hang out. Our first official date was to a family funeral. James had to road trip to it and his parents insisted on him bringing the girl he had been talking about, Molly. We ended up road tripping to the funeral. Molly met James’ whole family and on the way back we decided we should probably date. We had just started dating but in a crazy way I think we already knew that each other was the one we wanted to spend the rest of our lives with. A year later we were engaged and 9 months later we were married. We finished school, James with his masters in counseling. Molly with a degree in family studies.
After college we had the opportunity to work at a church in Ireland. We lived there for 2 years. We fell in love with the Irish people and country. We loved the work we got to do, especially with the youth of our town. That time also allowed us to travel across Europe and meet so many amazing people and see the most beautiful places.
We came back from the states and started our careers. Molly as a child life specialist and James as a marriage and family therapist. We are each other’s greatest encouragers and to see each other pursue our dream jobs has been one of the coolest things. 6 years into marriage we had our firstborn Callum and two years later Nolan. We love our boys and raising them together is something we feel so honored to get to do, even on the really hard days, they are our joy! We’ve now been married for 10 years and we are still each other’s best friends, favorite people and biggest fans.
We love traditions in this family and we take every opportunity that we can to celebrate. We have daily, weekly and holiday traditions that we have added to through the years. Every night we say a blessing over our kids then sing and play the guitar. Every Friday night we have breakfast for dinner and say what we are thankful for. During the year we often do a beach and/or lake vacation with extended family. Each year we also get away for a weekend to reflect on the upcoming year and dream.