Back in October, days after moving to Connecticut, I made (yet another) trip back home to Texas. What can I say? Can’t take the girl out of Texas. While home, I had several tasks at hand. 1) Have fun at the Austin City Limits Musical Festival, 2) Spend a few days in the home I built, 3) Spend some time with two of my favorite people!

Sarah & Hassanean. Hassasnean & I met years ago through his older brother, Zaid. The first time I met Hass I was going through a big change in life. A month before I was laid off from a job (that I loved) and I didn’t know where I was going, but I was happy. For the first time in my life I had the opportunity to just enjoy life, spend time with friends & family… ok- let’s be real. My goals for the day usually entailed looking for a bar with a patio that was open early enough to day drink. (Pour House, I miss you.) It was a chilly night, we were all on the patio having some drinks and chatting. Zaid’s brother came to meet up. He was having a rough night, so Zaid told him to meet up with us for a few drinks. This was the first time Hassanean & I met. He was bummed out. I told him that I understood exactly what he was going through. That I understood how devastating it must feel, but to remember that everything happens for a reason. Getting laid off was the best thing to ever happen to me. It changed my life. I didn’t know that I needed that change until it happened. From there, Zaid moved on to relocate to San Francisco …Hass became one of the family. Another brother. Years later, Hass revealed to me that he never forgot what I said to him that night. It is crazy how much life can change in a blink of an eye. At the time, you question why…how…WHY? Why me? Why now?…fast forward years later. Here we are now. Hassanean is marrying his best friend, Sarah, whom he met at work…doing what he loves.

Through Hassanean I have gained another family member. Sarah, there are no words. She is a perfect compliment to Hassanean. They are the perfect compliment to one another. The way they love one another is a language that is all their own. You can’t describe it in words- but you sure can feel it when you are in their presence.

In April of 2019, I get to be there with them to witness their union…as they start their new lives together- as #SarahWithAnH, Husband & Wife.

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