Bixby and Peyer may disagree about faith but they share common values. Even in their vocations — she’s an oncology nurse, and he teaches fourth grade.

“Mike works with kids that come from really hard places. And I work with people that are dying of cancer and living with cancer,” Peyer says. “And for me to do that as a Christian person, for Mike to do that as an atheist, wouldn’t look a whole lot different if either one of us were the other.”

“Maria’s faith plays a role in making her the person that I love, and I’m good with that. I think we’re both the people who we are because of her faith because of my lack of faith, and I don’t want to change that,” Bixby says.