Love can be defined as many things to many people. But, some area couples have bonded through their love of this community.

Randi and Shawn Teamann are both from Grayson County and define their love as a small town connection based in friendship that is growing each day.

Randi and Shawn Teamann met in 2003 when they were both working at Nautilus in Sherman. They went on a few dates but Shawn Teamann knew he was not ready for marriage and Randi was marriage material.

“She was not what I was looking for at that time in my life,” he said. “It was kind of funny because fast forward six years later, the timing was right and because we were such good friends, it was just easy for us to click.”

The couple was married in 2011. Shawn Teamann is now the owner of several Nautilus locations and is on the Sherman City Council. Randi Teamann is a labor and delivery nurse.

While Shawn Teamann, who was raised in Anna always knew that he wanted to live in Sherman, Randi Teamann was unsure after growing up in Denison. It took some convincing to get Randi Teamann to see what he saw in Grayson County.

“When I was growing up, I had the choice of either going to McKinney or Sherman,” Shawn Teamann said. “Sherman had a mall so we came to Sherman. We used to walk the mall and go into the stores. When I was in Anna there were 900 people in the town. There were 64 in my graduating class. Sherman was the cool place to go.”

In college, Shawn Teamann said he really started meeting people and realized that this community is different from any other community.

“I lived in McKinney for a while,” he said. “I lived in Temple and Durant, Oklahoma. The people are so welcome and open. It reminds me of Anna, but it has all of the amenities of restaurants and shopping. You go out to a restaurant and half the people come up to you and ask how you are. This place just draws you in and when you get here, you just do not want to leave.”

So when Randi Teamann was living in Dallas and working in Grayson County, Shawn Teamann said that he knew it would only be a matter time before he convinced her to move back.

“We got married in Bells at a little chapel — Willow Wild Chapel,” Randi Teamann said. “We knew that it was going to be a big wedding — 200 people attended. There were eight groomsmen. I got my dress at Alfred Angelo in Frisco. It was fun planning the wedding and making it happen.”

That was about six months after Shawn Teamann popped the question.

“When I make up my mind on something, I do it right then,” Shawn Teamann said. “I do not plan it out a lot. On a Friday morning, I decided that it was go time. I asked her to go to San Antonio with me for a weekend. I told her that we would go see my dad. She had never met my dad before. I go to a jeweler at that moment and buy a ring. It was like 2 o’clock in the afternoon when we left. I had this planned. I spent many hours and minutes on it. We went to the river walk. There is a tree there called the Marriage Tree. I decided that I would do it at the tree because that would be romantic and the lighting was right and everything.”

Shawn Teamann decided that he could not just carry the ring in his pocket because she would see it. So even though there was not a cloud in the sky, he decided to take his backpack on the walk.

“Randi wore flip flops and the river walk is about three miles long,” Shawn Teamann said. “About a mile into it, her feet were killing her. We had been together for a year and a half and I knew when she means business, she means it. But, I knew we just needed to make it to this tree. So we got there and I was like, ‘You want to stop and look at this tree?’ She was like, ‘No. I don’t want to look at this tree.’ She kept walking. We were on the way to the restaurant to eat.”

That happens multiple times. Shawn Teamann tried to get Randi Teamann to stop at a bench along the route and before he could get the question out, he knew they would not be stopping.

“We make it to dinner and then after, we get to the Towers of the Americas at the end of the river walk,” Shawn Teamann said. “By then it was cold and windy. She was just not having it. She did not want to stop.”

Shawn Teamann and Randi Teamann made it all the way back to the car and went home without the proposal the next day.

“I was thinking that I missed my opportunity,” Shawn Teamann remembered his anxiety about the moment that was supposed to be romantic. “We come back to Sherman the next day and still nothing. The ring was burning a hole in my pocket. We were in my kitchen and I was like, ‘I have been trying to do this all weekend.’”

“I tell any girlfriends now that are dating and are thinking that they may be getting engaged soon that if your boyfriend starts acting weird or starts carrying a backpack around, just go with it,” Randi Teamann said. “He is probably going to propose to you. I just thought he was being so weird. He just kept wanting to stop everywhere.”

Life in Sherman for the Teamanns began in 2011 and the growing family welcomed their first daughter in 2017.

As someone that grew up here, Randi Teamann said that she first did not appreciate this area. It is something that grew on her and as a mother she now gets it.

“This is my home,” she explained. “When I moved away for college, I thought I was over this place. I just knew that I would go and live this big city life. Then things changed. I did that for a while and it was fun, but I started thinking about settling down and having a family. I could not imagine having my family anywhere else. When I think about my childhood and all of the things that I got to experience here, I think about her too. She gets to experience similar things as well. This is a small town where people know you and they have your back. It’s not too far from the city if you want to drive.”

The small network community in Grayson County does great things for our non-profits and community organizations.

“Everyone knows everyone,” Shawn Teamann said. “It benefits local people. You know our stories. You know our children. The community atmosphere makes people want to work together a little bit more. It’s the small town feel. Everything that we do makes us feel like we are connected. Being on a board with one group of people and then going to another meeting and you are on another board with some of the same people shows that we have the same goals in mind. There have been leaps and bounds with the culture of Sherman. Sherman has been the same size for many years, but we are jumping now. We have generations and years of people getting to know each other. This is a great community to be a part of.”

Being involved and having a hand in things that are going on in this community has been really important to both of the Teamanns.

“What are the chances that a small town gym owner can be on the city council in Dallas?” Shawn Teamann asked. “That is one of the great things about Sherman. We are small and growing and you can be a part of something here. If you have the desire, you can be on the city council or the school board.”

While the dynamic of the Teamann household is fun for the pair because their love of this area shines through even at home.

“I did not grow up in Sherman, but I fell like I did,” Shawn Teamann said. “Sherman is my home and will be forever. Randi grew up in Denison. So when the Battle of the Ax is happening, we are in a house divided. We sit on the Sherman side of course and we wear maroon. There have been some times when the stands are quiet and my wife is cheering. We are talking about Sherman a lot because that is where we reside, but Grayson County as a whole is great. We all have that same vibe. That same thing and it is great. Once you cross from Collin to Grayson County, it’s like you just feel it. I think that is part of it.”