Steven & Sabrina Rafuse
Our story begins one warm July day in the town of Casper, Wyoming. While the time and location have been mentioned, this story really begins at Sears of all places. Sabrina Medley is nothing more than a simple cashier, working full time after just graduating high school in May. Steven Rafuse was nothing more than a simple customer who shopped regularly at Sears for such things as tools, Craftsman equipment, and various other items. And while really being nothing more than a simple customer, Steven had another tie to the Sears store- his best friend, Adam Willett, who also just happened to be one of the store managers. On that warm and particular July day, Steven had wandered to Sears to check out the sales and have lunch with Adam. Steven found Adam helping a customer in the electronics department of the store. He waited patiently for Adam to finish helping the customer. A few minutes later, after the customer had walked away, Steven approached Adam and asked, “Hey, how’s the job going?”
“Peachy,” Adam responded, “As always.”
“Awesome,” Steven said. “Wanna get lunch?”
Adam nodded quickly as he said, “Hell, yeah.”
As the two friends walked towards the exit leading into the mall, Steven, as always, noticed Sabrina working at one of the registers in the Men’s clothing department. As usual, Steven merely smiled and waved at Sabrina, who merely smiled back and waved. And Adam, as always, shook his head. “Jesus, Steven,” Adam said out of the blue. “Grow a pair and go talk to her.”
“What,” Steven said. “Like, right now?”
“No,” Adam said as he shook his head. “After we eat. I’m starving.”
After eating lunch, the two friends returned to Sears, where, after building up enough courage, Steven went over and introduced himself to Sabrina. From that day on, whenever Steven came to Sears, he would find Sabrina before looking for Adam.
The story after meeting only became better for the two of us. Sabrina and I would find more things in common as we talked more on our first date, which ended up being a walk around Morad Park on the 28th of July, 2007. We met at the park in the early afternoon, and spent the afternoon walking and talking about growing up in Casper, places we had been, school, and so many other experiences, including the fact that if we were to ever to marry, our initials would be the same! As the afternoon progressed, the heat of the afternoon began to take its toll of us. As a way to cool down, Sabrina suggested that we remove our shoes and socks and cool our feet off in the river. As wonderful as the idea was, and after much friendly rough housing, Sabrina ended up cooling down not only her feet, but her entire body, after being pushed in by yours truly. Don’t worry though; she did manage to get me pretty wet as well.
One year later, to the day of our first date, in fact, I proposed to Sabrina. However, as she would tell you, not in the traditional way. At the time of my marriage proposal to her, there had been some family complications occurring, and my mind was elsewhere. That said, the evening she returned home to the house we were renting together, she entered through the front door and found me sitting on the floor with my laptop in my lap. We said our Hello’s and I asked her to sit in the chair next to me. Not even thinking about the traditional way of proposing, I popped the question while still sitting with the laptop in my lap. But upon hearing her response as “Yes”, I made sure I had the ring ready to go. Not wonderful, I admit, but that’s part of our story (And yes, I made up for it later on).
Both Sabrina and I would agree that our wedding was without a doubt beyond exceptional. We married a year later on July 25th, 2009 (almost to the day of our first date!). The weather was perfect and warm, and the arrangements of the wedding was perfect (it helped hiring a wedding planner). Sabrina’s most favorite part of the wedding was getting to say our vows, getting to place the ring on my finger, and the overall excitement and love that filled the air. As for myself, every bit of the wedding, from beginning to end, was incredible and memorable. Our wedding went off with no hitches, issues, nothing. What a wonderful, perfect day it was.
But no story is ever really perfect forever. The next few years would definitely put strains on our marriage with the ever-fluctuating income, job searches, college, nearly becoming homeless, nearly losing my life due to an electrical accident (I’m an electrician, go figure) and the worst tragedy- miscarriage. These were all ordeals that really challenged our story, love, and devotion to each other. After 5 years of hardship, everything started to come together: Sabrina had achieved her goal of earning her Medical Assistant certificate, being accepted into the nursing program and earning her Licensed Practical Nursing license. As for myself, despite being electrocuted with enough electricity to kill me, I prevailed and went on to earn my Journeyman Electrician’s license.
Our achievements began to shape our future and goals. But the best achievement came in April 2015. The laughter, smiles and memories to come with the birth of our beautiful baby boy. He is now a very energetic 3 year old that is the light of our lives.
With so many strains and losses came so many more achievements. But our story isn’t over yet. This coming July, Sabrina and I will be celebrating 10 years of a wonderful and strong marriage. Sabrina is closing in on earning her Registered Nursing license, I am just months away from qualifying for my Master Electricians license, and soon, the very real possibility of purchasing our first home.
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