She was dating his roommate but wanted him

Posted: May 13, 2018 at 2:20 a.m.

Aaron and Leigh Austin have been married for 20 years and have a 12-year-old son, Nate. “I look back at some of the things that he and I have gone through together and I think other people would have fallen apart … and I’m just so grateful that we’ve made it through.”

Leigh Best wasn't shopping for shades but she found herself stopping by the Sunglass Hut every day around lunchtime anyway. It was Aaron Austin she was scoping out.

The first time I saw my future spouse again:

She says: “I remember just thinking, ‘Thank you. Just thank you because he’s back. There he is again.’”

He says: “I was like, ‘Oh, no, what do I do?’”

On our wedding day:

She says: “It was the most beautiful day.”

He says: “It was mass craziness. I remember when she was coming up the front walk with her dad and I knew I was doing the right thing. There was no hesitation at all.”

My advice for a happy marriage is:

She says: “Lower your expectations and put more importance into being honest with each other and communicating with each other, especially now, in the age of social media, when so many people have these expectations about what marriage is supposed to look like and sound like and be. Marriage is not like the pretty, perfect, polished insta-post. It’s dirty, nitty-gritty in the trenches together.”

He says: “Communicate. It’s fine to be mad at each other as long as you can talk about it. You’re not going to be able to work things out unless you do.”

Aaron Austin and Leigh Best were married on April 25, 1998, four years after meeting through their jobs at McCain Mall. “I thought he was cute and he ...

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