Most couples today hope for a cute story to share with friends about how they met. Local couple Jimmy and Samantha Hardin definitely have an interesting one. “We met while I was working at Webbtown Propane Company. Jimmy was captain over the Detectives for the Macon County Sheriff’s Department,” Samantha shared. “When I got to work one morning we discovered our Coke machine had been stolen. As good fortune would have it he found it within a day’s time.”
Samantha said she was impressed by Jimmy’s dedication to his job and that they soon saw they had a lot of things in common. “We found ourselves talking for long periods of time,” she says. The two were married fourteen years ago, on the day before Thanksgiving, at the home of a friend.
The Hardins now have “a combined family,” plus their youngest son, Noah. They also have five grandchildren, with the youngest just being added in May of 2015. Later this year, they will also be gaining a daughter-in-law. “We love how our family is growing by leaps and bounds.” Samantha says. She adds that the couple’s middle son, Ben, recently joined the military. “We are very proud that he will join a long line of family members that have served our country. We hope everyone reading this will add him to their prayer lists!”
In addition to spending time with their growing family, the two say they enjoy “seeing life through [son] Noah’s eyes… We have made it a point to instill the values of living a life by the standards of The Golden Rule.”
The Hardins say that volunteering is a major part of this rule. Both are members of the Red Boiling Springs Lions Club, and Samantha is the club’s president. “It’s a very giving organization that we are privileged to be a part of.” Jimmy and Samantha also say they’re very involved in their “community outreach” programs through their church, and they enjoy helping Vision 2020 in Red Boiling Springs, as well. For Jimmy and Samantha, volunteering with the Lions Club or with their church often doubles as “date night.” However, they also enjoy going to the movies at the cinema in Lafayette.
The Hardins had several pieces of advice for other married couples, including, “you should be sure to ‘hear’ your spouse. You can be very alike in your mannerisms or as different as daylight and dark, as long as you make the effort to concentrate on what’s important to each other.” Samantha also adds, “Listen to the whispers of [your] hearts… Love your family every chance you get. Make those memories, take lots of photos & write out longhand notes to those you love. History and memories alike come from determination and love of life.”
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