Middle school sweethearts! Fans have fallen in love with yet another family of multiples on TLC‘s hit show Sweet Home Sextuplets — and now many are wondering how Eric and Courtney Waldrop met. Turns out, the Albertville, AL natives have a pretty adorable story!

“Courtney and I, we’ve been together since eighth grade and never been with anybody else,” Eric explained during the series premiere, which aired Sept. 18. “So it’s kind of like one of those, I guess you could say, not high-school sweethearts, junior-high sweethearts.” Courtney added, “I really would call it love at first sight.” Aww!

The couple went on to say how they’d tell people they loved each other back then, only to be told, “You don’t know what love is.” 

“We’ll have to remember that when our kids get to that point and they say, ‘I love her,'” Eric laughed. “And I’ll probably say the same thing.”

Eric got down on one knee and proposed while they were both attending Auburn University. They graduated in May 2004, and just one month later, they were married! “We don’t even remember life before because it was like we were babies when we started dating,” Court said.

These days, they probably don’t remember what life was like before kids! Following in the footsteps of Counting On and OutDaughtered, the show chronicles the lives of the happy couple and their nine — yes, nine — rambunctious kiddos. 

According to TLC, the Waldrops had their first child, Saylor, without any issues. However, when Courtney conceived again, she miscarried. After learning she had a blood-clotting disorder, they were told to try fertility treatments or risk another miscarriage. And so, with the help of fertility drugs, they went on to have twin boys, Wales and Bridge. When the duo wanted to add just one more child to their family, however, they ended up with six! 

Still, they wouldn’t change a thing. And they’re thrilled with the opportunity to share their story. 

“Just want to say thank you to everyone for your sweet and encouraging words towards last weeks show!!” Courtney wrote on Facebook on Sept. 25. “When we first considered saying yes to TLC, we were VERY hesitant!! But we also knew that God did not place us on this journey for us to not share his word and what He can do in everyone’s lives.” She continued, “Our prayer is that God will be seen through us as we live To glorify Him!!!! So as I have received such precious comments from so many it reminds me that people still long to see God work in a mighty way and that makes it all worth it!!! ??”

Sweet Home Sextuplets airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. EST on TLC.

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