Modern Fairytale Series: Jillian and Thomas

*Sometimes it is so easy to get wrapped up in what is wrong with the world, that we forget to celebrate the love and goodness that is in our lives.  I wanted to do an interview series about modern relationships and their dynamics.  What do you celebrate about your relationship? What keeps you and your partner together? Let's hear it and remember that even with all that is wrong with the outside world, sometimes the best spot is in the arms of your cherished partner!

xoxo Katty Delux

Jillian Luttrell and Thomas Luttrell
Jillian-29 Thomas-33
How long have you been together: 
It will be 10 years on January 13th
Are you married, engaged, dating, domestic partnership: 
How long have you known each other: 
10 Years
How long were you together before you took the next step in your relationship: (not necessarily marriage, ex: how long were you friends before you started dating? how long were you engaged before marriage?)  
We started dating right after we met each other and moved in with one another after a short amount of time dating.  We had a very intense relationship and endured a lot in the beginning of our relationship.  My father passed away only 3 months into our relationship.  Thomas was there every step of the way for me and the rest of my family.  I knew at that time that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him.  He helped me reach my highest points and stood by my side at my lowest points.  We were both unsure if we were looking for marriage but knew we wanted to be together so we were happy with what we had and where our relationship was.  After 3 years and 9 months together, Tj proposed...the proposal was perfect...and of course I said YES!!!

What initially attracted you to your partner?
Thomas was so mysterious.  When I first met him, he didn't really acknowledge me.  I was instantly attracted to him and was determined to get him.  In all honesty, I was only looking for a one night stand...that one night stand turned into the love of my life!
What is your favorite thing/attribute about your partner?
I love so much about this man.  He has seen me at my lowest and continued to stand by my side.  He makes me laugh when all I want to do is cry.  He makes me feel beautiful on my worst days....and he loved me unconditionally.  He has made me into the woman I am today.  

Do you live together, if so how long?
We do live together.  We have lived together most of our relationship. 
Do you have children and/or pets together?
We have furbabies!!! We have 2 dogs and 3 cats together.  We have discussed having children and know we would both make incredible parents...perhaps within the year we will make that step, but school keeps us pretty busy!

What is your secret to a successful relationship?
Our secret to a successful relationship is to not lose sight of why we fell in love.  It is so common to get wrapped up in life that it is easy to stop appreciating one another.  We make sure to keep ahold of why we fell in love in the first place.  We take the time to appreciate our love and one another and make sure we spend time together despite the chaos in our lives.  Communication is also so important.  As much as we want our significant others to read our minds...they can't! We have to be comfortable communicating everything...even if it is an uncomfortable topic!
What is your parting advice that you would like to leave for other couples?
Remember why you fell in love!  Make time for your relationship and take the time to appreciate your significant other!  And lastly, if you genuinely love someone...don't give up on it.  Relationships take work...they are not always a walk in the park, but once you get through that storm...there is a beautiful rainbow to enjoy together!

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