How We Met - Reunited at Last
Photo by Nina Pomeroy
Amy Sebastian and Jeff Sledge were best friends growing up in Dallas. Their families were close, so much so that their moms wanted them to end up together. When Jeff was a junior in high school, he tore his ACL, then got a serious staph infection in the hospital. For a time, there was a fear he would not survive. Every time Amy would visit, his alarms would go off when he heard her voice. “That’s when I realized he had feelings for me, when he was in a coma,” she says.
She would sit by his bedside and will him to live. After two months in the hospital, he finally recovered. That’s when she realized then that she had feelings for him too.
They attended his senior prom together. After graduation, he went to the University of Oklahoma, and he asked her to be his date to the Texas vs. Oklahoma football game. “We had a great time that weekend, and that was the last time I saw him,” says Amy. She left for the University of Texas the following year, and they drifted apart.
He moved to New York after college and started working on Wall Street. She moved to Dallas after college. They both got married—she became Amy Mosley in 1990, and his nuptials were in 1995. She had four children, and he had two. “It wasn’t meant for us to meet up again until it was the right time,” she says.
At one point when she was in Dallas, she ran into his mom and asked about Jeff. His mom told Amy that Jeff had gotten married and added: “She’s okay, but she’s not our Amy.”
Fast forward to 2010—both Amy and Jeff were going through divorces. Amy flew to Austin to visit a friend and Jeff’s name came up. Amy said, “I have no clue where he is.” Her friend tracked down Jeff and passed along Amy’s phone number. After not speaking for almost 30 years, Jeff called her. She was living in Omaha, Nebraska, at the time. Jeff was in Dallas.
Amy felt their connection come back quickly. “It was like wearing your old favorite coat—comfortable and easy,” she says. He visited her in Omaha in May 2012, for her birthday. Amy wanted to be closer to her brother in Greenwich, so she and her kids moved to Ridgefield in August 2012.
Meanwhile, Jeff convinced his company to open an office so that he could work in Stamford. At this point, he and Amy were dating. “We started slowly out of respect for our children. Then we started doing things all together, with the kids,” Amy says.
They got engaged on his 50th birthday, in July 2014. When he proposed, he said: “I’ve lived 50 years of my life without you. I don’t want to go another minute more.”
They were married in New York harbor, on July 3, 2015. “We were surrounded by people who have known us the whole time,” Amy says. Two guests not in attendance were their moms, who have both passed away. Jeff and Amy now live in Ridgefield with their newly formed family: between them, they have three boys and three girls, ages 8, 11, 14, 15, 18 and 19. Amy Mosley is a realtor in town with Coldwell Banker.