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Emmy and John – Lincoln, NE

Take turns… We absolutely LOVE that advice! Marriage definitely requires sacrifice for each other. Emmy and John are the perfect example of that. Continue reading to learn more from this amazing couple!

Emmy and John – Lincoln, NE


Wedding Date: July 28, 2007

Love Story: In December of 2005, my good friend Jessica suggested that I meet one of her clients.  She casually mentioned that we were going to be meeting her client, John and his roommate out for a drink one Saturday evening. Although, she thought we might be a good match, I really didn’t think anything of it besides meeting up with a few people for the evening. When we met out that night, I was introduced to John and his roommate John?!  Jessica thought it might be funny to have me guess which John I was there to meet.  Thankfully, the John I was hoping to meet was the one I was supposed to meet!  After that evening, we exchanged numbers and I hoped to see him again.

Early the next week, we spoke on the phone and John asked me to dinner on that coming Friday. I was so excited! Thursday evening I went snowboarding with some friends. First time down the hill, I fell and broke my wrist! Needless to say, I was in a 90 degree cast and had to have a friend help me get dressed, put my hair in a pony tail, and put toothpaste on my toothbrush. I wasn’t going to miss this date!

Fast forward, 8 months later when we spent a Sunday afternoon hiking in our favorite state park. When we were perched at one of our favorite outcroppings of rocks he asked me to marry him!  I was over the moon excited!

We were married in my hometown in MN on July 28, 2007.

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What has been your most challenging obstacle? Our most challenging obstacle was likely our move from Madison, WI to Lincoln NE. While it was a good move for our family, it took a while for us to get used to our “new normal”. For a while I was unsettled and lonely as I wasn’t sure where my career was going and I hadn’t yet built friendships in our new city.  John as our sole breadwinner, and that in itself is difficult. It took a few years for us to find our place in Lincoln, but we are feeling content now and grateful for our leap of faith in 2010!

What have been some of the most exciting moment of marriage? The birth of our sons and watching them grow! We have also both made significant strides in our careers! Being in a supportive relationship, has given us both the confidence, opportunity and encouragement that we needed to follow our dreams.


What is your best marriage advice? Take turns. When we moved to Lincoln, I stepped back from my career so John could cultivate his. When I started my business, it became my turn to focus on my career and John took a step back. At this point, I have the flexibility in my business that I am able to take a step away while John is focused on the clinic’s opening in July. I firmly believe, you can have everything, but you can’t do everything!


What do you love most about marriage?  I am lucky enough to spend everyday with my best friend.  He is probably the only person I have ever completely trusted in my lifetime.  I can be myself with him (good and bad) and I know he has the well being of our relationship and our family as a first priority.

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