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Beef got married over the weekend.
I remember meeting Brodi for the first time, and after learning more about her shared interests – specifically, coaching tennis and teaching – it was very easy to understand why Beef liked her.
Initially, my sister and I were concerned, as we couldn't quite figure out what Brodi liked about our brother. We tend to see a different side of our siblings than the everybody else does. Beef at Culver's on a Tuesday night with the family, or at home on Christmas morning is quite a bit different than Coach Beef, or Mr. Beef in the classroom. (I *think* his students call him Mr. VanRiper, but I'm really not certain.)
As we got to know Brodi better over the past 18 months, it was a no-doubter. Not only did they have a lot of shared interests, they were a great match because we realized that the same endearing quirks that made us love and laugh at Beef for the last 27 years, were similar to her own.
Over the past decade, I have learned first-hand that getting married isn't a 1-for-1 trade.
Your new spouse comes with an entire family – siblings, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces – and a new group of friends that you will spend the rest of your life with. At every turn – good and bad – they will be there along the way, for life's most important moments.
Not surprisingly, I wasn't as locked into baseball while