When you picture a happy Pott. Co. Couple, you can’t help but think of Brian and Jody Shea! The duo is pretty well-known in these parts as Brian is a newly-elected member of the Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors (formerly mayor of Crescent) and Jody is the main voice of the Crescent Connection newsletter!
The couple actually met on June 1, 1996 in Atlantic, ran into each other again at Menards a month later, then Brian proposed on New Year’s Eve, and on June 1, 1997, they were married next to their front yard pond in Crescent with catered Mexican food and the Brewski’s Beer Wagon! According to Jody, “It was the perfect day!”
Jody is originally from Avoca where her mom still lives, and Brian started out in CB but ended up in Crescent by 1969 so the lifelong Pott. Co. couple set up their home in Crescent on the property Brian was raised on. The Sheas have a daughter and son-in-law that also live in Crescent and have a 3-year-old daughter that makes one grandpa and grandma very happy!
Besides spoiling their granddaughter, the couple shares hobbies like spending time with family and friends, landscaping and beautifying their yard (Brian owns a landscaping business), and riding motorcycles. Brian and Jody have taken trips to both coasts, a lot of states in between and even up into Canada and Alaska. They are excited to take more trips and just simply enjoy life in the coming years.
One of the things they are most proud of in their 24 years together (besides their family, of course) was forming the Veteran’s Monument Committee in Crescent. The Sheas were part of a great group of volunteers who designed, fundraised, and organized the construction of the park which I have to say is a stand-out piece of beauty in Crescent!
Brian and Jody are both self-proclaimed impatient people but seem to do just fine together! In fact, when I asked what the secret to marriage was, they told me that trusting each other is everything, as well as enjoying each other’s company, surrounding yourself with good couple friends, and in the case of the Sheas, making each other laugh. Jody says that having a sense of humor is the best advice she can give to a couple looking to get married, and Brian, kidding chimed in that they better be ready to say, “Yes, Dear” a lot!
If you’ve met the Sheas, you’ve probably seen the look they give each other! As we celebrate love this week, there’s no doubt that Brian and Jody are an example of getting it right!
Thanks for showing us how it’s done, Mr. and Mrs. Shea!
*Photo courtesy of the Sheas.