Hello, dear readers! We have survived the gloomy month of January and now we are certainly in the mood for all things sweet and uplifting!
So in honor of Valentine’s Day, it’s time for our third annual bluegrass lovebirds series! This is one of our favorite times of year because reading the sweet stories submitted by our community is just wonderful!
We are so excited to kick off this series with Sabrina and Joe, who were nominated by their sweet friend, Regina. So, let’s get started! Introducing…
Years Together: 5, Years Married: 4.5, Time Engaged: just a few weeks
Tell us a bit about yourself…
We both have a passion for family (our two beautiful daughters especially) and friends and have devoted our life to investing much time and energy into each. Joe is currently pursuing a Master of Architecture Degree from the University of Kentucky and Sabrina works at the University of Kentucky College of Design. Sabrina is also a personal trainer and has been for about 15 years. She is a Beachbody Coach as well. She loves to help others get in shape and lead a happy, healthier life.
How did you first meet? Was it “love at first sight” or were your “just friends”?
We first met at the Department of Revenue where both of us were employed. We started as just friends but within a few months we knew that we wanted to spend our lives together. We dated only a few months.
Where did you go on your first date?
We went to a restaurant in Sabrina’s hometown of Shelbyville, KY called The Bistro.
Where did you share your first kiss?
Oddly enough, in the parking lot of Kohl’s in Frankfort.
When did you know that he/she was “the one”?
Joe: I knew Sabrina was the one when I saw how she treated others-especially her two daughters, Autum and Sheridan. The love and respect she showed everyone-even complete strangers-told me all I needed to know about her and what kind of person she was/is.
Sabrina: I knew Joe was the one when taking walks everyday on our breaks at work and just finding out his heart. He is the most respectful and loving man I have ever met. He is very tender hearted and it showed by everything he said and did. I was also in love with the fact that he was so compassionate and had a heart for God.
Tell us about your engagement proposal…
Marriage seemed inevitable once we started dating. Joe proposed to me in the living room during a sunset using my mothers old engagement ring.
When and where were you married?
We were married on August 7, 2010 in Sevierville, TN by a man by the name of Jimmy Temple. He had married over 15,000 people at that time. It was a very small but intimate and simple wedding and we would not do it any other way if we had to do over.
He Said/She Said
My partner’s best quality is…
Sabrina: Joe’s best quality is his heart for myself and my daughters.
Joe: Sabrina’s best quality is the love, compassion and tenderness she shows to everyone that we are around.
The thing about my partner that drives me crazy is…
Sabrina: The thing that drives me crazy about Joe is leaving dirty clothes on the ground instead of putting them straight into laundry basket.
Joe: The thing that drives me crazy about Sabrina is her backseat driving (she is getting better 🙂 )
My number one piece of advice about love is…
Joe: Find someone who is as similar to you as possible. Opposites may attract, but similar traits make it much easier to do life together.
Sabrina: Communication is the key. If you cannot talk to your spouse respectfully when a problem occurs then it is hard to make a relationship work. Joe and I talk about everything good and bad and we work through issues without raising our voices or disrespecting each other. We look forward to our evenings where we can just sit down and talk about our day and our dreams.
Thanks so much, Sabrina and Joe for sharing your sweet story! Stay tuned for more lovebirds this month!
To true love.
**all images were provided by participating couple**
To read more bluegrass love stories, check out series one and two.