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The Dixey’s

We just love, love, love when our clients decide to guest write for their own blog post.  Be forewarned this story gave us goosebumps and moved some of us to tears!

Our Story by Sarah Dixey:

Mike & I met in early 2006, where we both worked at Old Navy in Folsom, Ca.  He was a manager and I worked for the shipment team, so we didn’t see each other often.  He used to check my lunch bag as I’d leave and always “confiscate” my pudding cup that I didn’t eat.  I started learning his tricks and would bring an extra pudding cup every day.  As my fondness grew for him, I became bolder around him.  I put on GIANT silly blue sunglasses shaped like stars right before he came into the break room one day.  I said to him, “Hey Dixey, so when are you going to take me on a date?” And he turned around, gave me one look and started laughing.  He said, “Are you going to wear those sunglasses?” I replied with a yes, and he replied with a tomorrow.  Mike says he knew I was the one when I told him I’d left him a cupcake in the fridge as I was leaving work.  Little did he know, I ate the best part…the frosting, leaving him just the muffin part.  He thought it was hysterical and went home to tell his room mate, he’d finally found the one.

After 2 years of chatting about the future, we knew we loved each other and that someday we’d get married.  I was told if I kept talking about it, he’d never ask me…so I stopped.

We planned our 2 year anniversary trip to Pismo Beach for a weekend.  We spent the day sight seeing at Hearst Castle and the beach.  We got back to the hotel right before sunset and Mike asked if I wanted to walk along the beach before dinner.  We walked down the path to the beach and saw a mom breast feeding a toddler, college boys playing football, and the beach was littered with trash.  So we decided to walk along the bluffs by the hotel.  We sat down on a bench overlooking the ocean and I saw Mike start to grab his back.  I asked if he was ready to go back because his back was hurting and he said no.  The next time I looked over at him, he was down on one knee and proposing to me! I think the only thing that came out of my mouth was, “Oh my god! Are you serious?”  I finally said yes and we started planning. (Come to find out, he was taking vacation everyday, telling me he was going to work, but actually, he drove to Fresno every day to find a ring with his mom!)

We got married August 21, 2009.  It was absolutely perfect, with the exception that it was an evening wedding on the hottest day of the year.  We started our first dance to Jack Johnson’s ‘Better Together,’ then broke out into a choreographed dance to a mix of NKTOB, Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, and Mickey & Sylvia from Dirty Dancing.  Not a single person knew we were going to do it and everyone laughed until they cried.

We honeymooned in Hawaii, where Mike helped me become a stronger person, by making me face my fears.  We snorkeled in the ocean, kayaked down a river, took 3 different zip lines (one was 300 feet in the air and 800 feet long) and took a helicopter ride around Kauai.  It was the most amazing adventure!

We found out we were expecting about a month after we had taken the trip of a lifetime to the Galapagos Islands.  It was July 31, 2010 and I woke up and thought, “I’ll just take this test again…” When it came out positive, I couldn’t believe it.  I was shaking as I took a picture of it and sent it to Mike.  His message back said “Is that yours?” I said yes and when he got home, he said he kept looking at it all day.  He was beaming with excitement.  We announced it at a Farewell BBQ later in August, which was bittersweet.  We were moving to Texas and wouldn’t have the chance to share a growing belly with our friends and family.

Our due date was April 7, 2011. We couldn’t decide on a boy’s name, but had the name Stella picked out since before we were even pregnant.  Marie is Mike’s mom’s middle name and we wanted to honor her, by gracing our daughter with it.  Lo and behold (and thankfully we might add) it was a girl!

We went in for our last doctor’s appointment before our due date at 2pm.  I said she hadn’t been moving a much as she used to and I was put through a stress test and an ultra sound.  At 4pm, the doctor came back in the office and asked if we could be at the hospital around 6pm, because she didn’t see a reason for me to be pregnant anymore.  We were elated and nervous.  We threw everything in the back of the car and got to the hospital to be induced.  I had an epidural at 1cm dilated and didn’t have any more progression for almost 24 hours.  They gave me my second epidural and said the doctor was on her way to the hospital to talk about a c-section.  30 minutes later, the doctor was there and I was pushing.  At 9:11pm on March 30, 2011, Stella Marie Dixey was born.  7lbs 10oz and 20 3/4″ long.  She was perfect!

We brought her home and found out that she had an intolerance to my milk. Any milk actually. And soy too.  OY! Our little baby had severe reflux and a crazy allergy that caused us to spend an outrageous about of money on formula.  But, we were happy to be able to provide.

Stella has a love for early development.  She crawled at 6 months, walked at 10 months and hasn’t stopped talking she she realized she could make sound.  We are amazed by her every day.  We can ask her where her hair, toes, tummy, or hands are, and she’ll gladly show us.  She can sign milk, more, and all done.  She adores the puppy that her daddy bought her the day we found out she was a girl and doesn’t go anywhere without it.  She loves to sing and dance and sing some more.

When people ask us when we are planning on having another baby, we look at them like they’re crazy.  We want to enjoy what we have as a family right now in this very moment.  We love focusing on our baby girl and watching and recording every milestone she comes across.

Both Mike and I feel so very lucky to know that we are each others best friend.  We are two people who managed to find each other in a stroke of luck and realize that we are soul mates.  We are that couple that will lovingly grow old together.

By Sarah Dixey


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Sarah D. - I cried. Again. I love seeing our story out there and looking at the pictures of the family we have made. XOMay 5, 2012 – 2:14 am

Tegan Aubrie | Twelve13 - NJ&C, wow. You guys get better and better each time. I love SO many of these shots. And what a beautiful story! Old Navy (in Sacramento) was my second job when I was 16… and it lasted seasonally until Matt finally made me quit last year, lol.

Stella is just gorgeous and you captured their family beautifully!May 5, 2012 – 4:14 am

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