This week we are sharing the story of 2 high school sweethearts that have made their relationship work through multiple challenges and hardships. Learn how they got through it and why having the same core values is key to a long lasting relationship.
Elyse & Andrew
Ages: Elyse – 29, Andrew – 30
Status: Together 14 years and now married
How did you meet?: Andrew and I met in Grade 9 while he was at his locker. I went up to him with some weird sense of confidence and introduced myself. We were instant friends and we began dating in Grade 10.
When did you realize you were in love?: It was a couple of months after dating – I know it sounds crazy but I just knew that we’d be together.
What qualities in each other make you a good match?: Our personalities are different – I am an introvert, he’s an extrovert. I love quiet activities such as reading and writing. He loves concerts, music and movies. Our personalities may be different but our core values align. We are all about family. It’s our top priority and we spend many days and weekends with either family.
What is your perfect date night?: From April to October our perfect date night includes taking in the Toronto Blue Jays. Eating all the awesome food of a baseball stadium and cheering on our favourite team.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced as a couple and how did you get through it?: Ha! We’ve been through a LOT in 14 years. Being long distance, surgeries, loss of jobs. It feels like we’ve been through EVERYTHING you could imagine. It’s simple how we got through it. We are best friends who always honour our commitments. We’re in this together. When times get tough we move closer to each other instead of farther apart.
What is one thing you would like to improve about your relationship?: We could use some help on date nights! We usually do one of three things – dinner and a movie, baseball games or ski dates.
What advice would you go back and give yourselves when you just started dating?: Instead of worrying about when you’re going to get married – enjoy this stage.