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The secret to a good relationship? Surprising your significant other with Chipotle and putting family first—according to our latest #RelationshipGoals featured couple, Blake and Chad.
Blake and Chad met in high school and sort of fizzled out. But years later, the two rekindled on Facebook and instantly sparked up again. In the years that had passed since last meeting, both Chad and Blake had dated (and even married!) other people. But their love has proven to be super strong—just wait until you hear how he proposed.
Chad had a previous marriage and kids, how does that affect your relationship?
Blake: It's an adjustment dating someone who was previously married and has kids but it wasn't hard for me to make. The kids are a huge part of our relationship. Every decision we make, we discuss with each other about how it will affect them. Being involved with someone who has children you have to understand that the children will always come first in your significant others life. If you're not okay with that, don't involve yourself with someone with kids because that's not fair to them. You can't be petty or controlled by jealousy like some couples are in their 20s. His ex and I both are nothing but nice and respectful to each other and get along well which makes things so much easier.
Chad: My past and my family make me who I am today. I'm able to be a lot more mature when I need to which helps us. Plus the first time I saw her with my son I knew I wanted her to stick around for good. It takes more maturity than most younger people have to offer in a situation like this. Being involved with someone with kids you have to understand they're not always going to give you their full attention. And you have to respect the other parent because they'll always be there, even when it's hard, it's best for the kids that way.