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Through Thick and Thin

Submitted by: Nik Fleischfresser

Lauren and I met in 6th grade, where we sat next to each other in homeroom. Little did we know how deeply in love we would fall when our paths crossed again in High School. There have been many challenges that we have faced together, from extended time away for military service, to colleges over a hundred miles away but our love as high school sweethearts has prevailed. Together, we have created a bliss list of the top five journeys we want to conquer in our marriage.

Lauren and I are looking forward to taking a much deserved honeymoon when I return from a yearlong deployment serving in the Wisconsin Army National Guard weeks after being married.

We are looking forward to adopting a child in need and working to give them the best possible life as we open our hearts to them and make them a part of our family.

While young and in love, we traveled to Mexico City together, and desire to return back in the near future and recreate the times shared while there.

Giving back is a value that we both share and once married and established within a church community we plan to join a mission team and travel to another part of the world to share God’s love.

We are well aware marriage will have both highs and lows. We desire to continue the pursuit of one another through our continued development of unconditional love and support.

Comments (29)

Jesica Sandoval said:

Posted 2 years 2 days ago

What a beautiful couple, and clear goals for their life together. May God bless them always!

Cissy Murgittroyd said:

Posted 2 years 3 days ago

I love this couple. My husband and I are married for 31 years and have been through so many set backs in our marrage but have made it through each and every one and are still going through some stuff. A strong marriage will stay with you forever. I vote for you two to have a wonderful life together.

Beth Lamberty said:

Posted 2 years 4 days ago

What a beautiful essay. Best wishes to you Lauren, & congratulations Nik.

Habiba Bakous said:

Posted 2 years 4 days ago

I like it.

Habiba Bakous said:

Posted 2 years 4 days ago

I like it.

Brandy Snider said:

Posted 2 years 4 days ago

What a wonderful couple. They serve the Lord, their country, and all while keeping a loving commitment to not only each other but to others. And maybe someday our paths will cross. God Bless and keep you.

Julie Jenkins Marshall said:

Posted 2 years 4 days ago

Good for you. I wish you a love and happy life together. I am sure you are looking forward to that honeymoon.

Joan Jenkinson said:

Posted 2 years 4 days ago

I don't know either of these people. The reason I am voting for them is that their "list" was not made of up of what they want for themselves, but what they can offer to others. I love that they take their faith in God seriously and want to share their hearts, gifts, and talents that he gave each of them and share that love with others, together as a couple!!

Jordyn Dieman said:

Posted 2 years 1 week ago

These two are such a loving couple. They are both great people in the short years I have known them. I know they will both go far in life and achieve great things.

Amanda Melby said:

Posted 2 years 1 week ago

Nik is like a little brother to me. I met him in basic training/ait in 2012. We have kept in touch ever since. Lauren is a beautiful soul and I wish them both the best!

Irene Navarro said:

Posted 2 years 1 week ago

God bless you both Happiness and joy forever :)

Irene Navarro said:

Posted 2 years 1 week ago

God bless you both Happiness and joy forever :)

Cindy Krutsick said:

Posted 2 years 1 week ago

Thank you for your service to our great country. May the two of you continue to share your love with each other and the rest of the world. God Bless!

Tracy Evans Poole said:

Posted 2 years 1 week ago

Thanks for your service, Nik and for supporting him Lauren. As I'm a USO volunteer, you get my vote. ;) Best of luck in the contest but more importantly, best wishes for a life filled with love, laughter and communication to overcome challenges.

Alicia Hagen said:

Posted 2 years 1 week ago

I've known both Nik and Lauren for many many years, and I was honestly sort of shocked when they first started dating. But from the moment I first saw them together, it clicked and I have never questioned it since. Along with what everyone else has said, I completely agree with them being one of the strongest and most inspirational couples I have had the pleasure of being around. In the young dating culture that we live in today, they truly are an exemplary couple of what relationships, dating, and sacrifice should look like. Not only in their relationship with each other, but individually in the world around them. They are constantly giving to other people, and are both the type of people you want and appreciate to have in your life. I completely believe that they deserve this, plus some. Love you guys!

Lisa Titus said:

Posted 2 years 1 week ago

I entered didnt make it and voted for you. Good luck!

Gretchen Diegel said:

Posted 2 years 4 weeks ago

I met Nik after he graduated from basic training with my son. He is one of the kindest young men I have ever met. I also have had the pleasure to get to know Lauren. If there is a couple deserving of this, it has to be them. Good luck to you both and much love.

Douglas Fleischfresser said:

Posted 2 years 4 weeks ago

A truly beautiful couple who compliment each other in every way. They continue to work on their Spirituality while discovering the depth of what it means to sacrifice for each other. Blessings to you both and hope you win!

Samuel Santiago said:

Posted 2 years 4 weeks ago

I can't think of anyone more deserving. Nik has become a brother to me and it's been great to see the relationship get to this point. Both are strong in their faith and aren't shy about it, which isn't seen anymore. They definitely earned this.

Janel Riegleman said:

Posted 2 years 4 weeks ago

Lauren and Nik are an incredibly inspiring and amazing couple, and I truly can not think of anyone else more deserving to win that them. Having the pleasure of knowing both of them for quite some time, I have seen the amount of love they have for one another and the strength of their relationship. I really cannot wait for them to get married and watch them continue to grow as a couple, impact the world positively, and continue to encourage others. They are such a favorable and loved couple who is constantly there for whoever needs it, and it would be so nice to see them be rewarded in return. I cannot describe how amazing this couple is, and we are all beyond blessed to know them. I'm looking forward to the wedding and the marriage that follows, wishing them years upon years of true love and bliss!

Taylor Ellifson said:

Posted 2 years 4 weeks ago

These two should win, it sounds like their lives together will be an incredible journey. Love and faith will make this couple endure to the end.

Liz Brunner said:

Posted 2 years 4 weeks ago

Lauren and Nik's love for each other is palpable- their love and respect for one another is an incredible thing to encounter. They are so extremely dedicated to each other and I appreciate how they keep their faith at the center of their relationship, and help each other to grow in their faith. The two of them complement each other beautifully- the balance they bring to each other is inspiring. I wish both of them the best of luck as they enter the next phase of life together!

Cara Brucker said:

Posted 2 years 4 weeks ago

Lauren and Nik are two of my favorite people and are such a deserving couple. It has been inspiring to watch them take all their struggles in stride and turn the corner as a stronger and happier couple. I can't wait to see what the future holds!

Rachael Schubarth said:

Posted 2 years 4 weeks ago

Separate, Lauren and Nik are pretty great people, but together, they are really something amazing. They are one of the strongest couples I know and I can't wait to see where their love takes them.

Delaney Miller said:

Posted 2 years 4 weeks ago

Lauren is one of the strongest and most inspiring people I have ever met, and Nik is most definitely her other half. Together they are one of the most remarkable and giving couples. They truly deserve this. I have never seen a couple endure so many challenges with so much strength and perseverance. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for them!

Christina Otten said:

Posted 2 years 4 weeks ago

Lauren is one of my very best friends, and I have been blessed to watch her and Nik's relationship from the beginning. They are two of the strongest and bravest people I know--whatever life throws at them, they will always go through it together, and absolutely have an enduring love that will last. I could not be more happy for them and am so excited to watch their future unfold!

Kayla Sobotta said:

Posted 2 years 4 weeks ago

Could not think of a more deserving couple! :)

Laney Dossey said:

Posted 2 years 4 weeks ago

Lauren and Nik are truly remarkable people. Together, they are going to make the world a better place. I am blessed to have met each of them. I look forward to being a part of their journey!

Meghan Brady said:

Posted 2 years 4 weeks ago

From the minute I met Nik, I could see how in love he was with Lauren. They are not only best friends, but are perfect for each other. They truly bring out the best in each other and I couldn't imagine either of them being with someone else. I could not be happier for the two of them!

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