By Niccole Connally
I met Sean at Vanguard University while we were both earning our teaching credentials. Sean was obviously the smartest student in class, and I was instantly drawn to him in a way that I couldn’t explain. Unbeknownst to me, Sean had been curious about who I was and wanted to get to know me better as well.
On February 9, 2006, I opened up my email to find a message from him! I read the words, “Call me sometime and you will have the pleasure of speaking with me.” I was immediately intrigued by his confidence, wit, and forward approach. I quickly learned that Sean was actually very humble and less forward than his email insinuated. The next day after class let out, he ran to catch up with me as I climbed into my red jeep wrangler. He invited me to coffee and after 4 hours of amazing conversation, I knew he was the one God intended for me! Sean experienced the same emotions after our date, and four months later on July 22, 2006, we became husband and wife.
Sean and I were married at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa on the hottest summer day. As I prepared to walk down the aisle, I turned to my dad and said, “I absolutely know without any doubt I’m marrying God’s best for me.” The ceremony was long and the church was warm, but we couldn’t have been any happier. After being pronounced Mr. and Mrs. Connally, we walked to the back of the church to the Star Wars theme song; my surprise to Sean, who is a huge Star Wars fan. Our dreams of being married had come true! We honeymooned in Maui, Hawaii, and for the entire week we talked nonstop about the large family we had been praying for since our first date. Just six weeks after returning home from Maui, we found out we were pregnant with Emma! On June 4th, though we tried to deliver naturally, Emma was born via c-section. We were absolutely in love and over the moon with our new addition. This was just the beginning for us as we then had babies every two years after that; Hannah, Rebecca, Leanna, then Noah in 2015.