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D uring this month, people all over take a few extra moments to share their love and appreciation for one another by celebrating their most meaningful relationships. It all comes down to that holiday on Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day. While the day itself doesn’t necessarily hold any particular meaning to me, I certainly can’t say the same about the relationship I have with my wonderful wife, Alison. Second to God and my relationship with him, she is the most important thing in the world to me. We met in 2016 through the dating app Bumble after we both swiped right. Bumble is the dating platform where women get to send the first message — make the first move, so to speak. It surely takes a lot of pressure off the guys. After we swiped right and exchanged some messages back and forth, our first date wasn’t anything extravagant. Alison was living in Dallas, and I was in Arlington. We decided to meet in the middle at a Chili’s. After all, when it comes to online dating, you can never know what you’re getting into until you’re in the same room together. During the date, I may have audaciously asked her if she was going to finish her fish tacos. She’ll never let me live that down, but those were good tacos.
traveling. Our first big trip was to New York City. We did a lot more traveling together in 2017, too, with a trip out to Hawaii and another down to Cancun. It’s always important to do something together that you really love. For us, traveling was and is something we are both very passionate about. From this hobby, we gain experiences that can leave us with a lifetime of memories.
The next big trip we really want to take is a triple threat: Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands. We imagine it will take two weeks with enough time for plenty of adventure.
Of course, since I’m establishing a new law firm and Alison is finishing up her Ph.D. in psychology, we didn’t do nearly as much traveling in 2018 as we would have liked. Though, we did get married, which was the main event of the year. We got married on April 20, 2018 — otherwise known as 4/20 — and yes, some folks at the wedding did manage a few marijuana jokes. After the big day, we were able to travel to the Virgin Islands for our honeymoon.
Our love for dogs was another thing Alison and I bonded over, and we each brought one into the family. You can be sure there will always be dogs running around our household in the years to come.
Beyond that, the great thing about our relationship is that our personalities really complement each other. There are plenty of differences between us, but whatever I lack, Alison makes up for it.
I certainly appreciate all the work Alison has done for the law firm as well as the insurance agency. She wears a lot of hats around here and keeps me on track. Alison has also been instrumental in our community-outreach initiatives, which I featured in the newsletter a few months back.
Without Alison’s dedication, the law firm would be a very different place — and I’d be a different, worse- off person. For that reason and all others, Alison is my world.
Needless to say, we hit it off. The two of us started spending more time together and doing some
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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