'Survivor' couple Joe Anglim and Sierra Dawn Thomas expecting their first child together
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/27/2020
Survivorcouple Joe Anglim and Sierra Dawn Thomas apparently couldn't be more thankful for each other this holiday season, and they've just announced they're expanding their family!
Sierra and Joe both posted photos Thursday on Instagram from a photo shoot session in their kitchen in which they were sitting on the floor in front of their oven with a turkey inside while kissing, cuddling, toasting glasses, and eating pie together.
"The turkey ain't the only thing in the oven this year! #grateful #cheers," Sierra, 33, captioned her Instagram slideshow. "It's sparkling apple cider from here on out!"
Joe wrote a sweet post expressing his gratitude on Thanksgiving for his pregnant wife, whom he married in November 2019.
"Thank you for your strong spirit. Great full for all of you. For your kindness. Thankyou for choosing us. Thank you for leading us down the path. Thank you for listening to our prayers. Thank you for the blessing of life we are able create together," Joe wrote alongside the images.
"Thank you. Thank you for each and every blessing seen and unseen, big and small. Thank you for the gift of life and all the possibilities that we have that we never would have thought possible. Beyond thankful for all of the blessings, love light and great full hearts."
Joe continued, "Thankful for the incredible support of our families friends and tribe. Which is about to get a little bit bigger. Love you all with all our hearts. #happy #thanksgiving #love #thankfull."
Sierra and Joe just celebrated their first wedding anniversary earlier this month.
The pair both uploaded wedding photos on their respective Instagram accounts and gushed about their relationship.
"Feels like only yesterday... and in a flash we are already here one year later. There are a million reasons to be thankful for 2020... I am beyond humbled in my being for all the opportunities to continue to grow adapt forgive push pull break build laugh cry and share it all with you," Joe shared at the time.
"Win or loose we will always overcome and remain bonded in love and in faith. Thankyou for sharing your heart and life with me... Love is a moment captured in the heart and stays with us moment by moment day by day and year after year," he added.
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Joe then wrote to Sierra, "You've taught me to overcome the deepest darkest hardest moments by always remembering that love. It has taught me that i have more to give and more to share. There is always something to be discovered and i can't wait to know the gifts yet to come in the next year."
"How lucky am i to be here able to share in this life with the most amazing woman wife and best friend. #foreverandeveramen #beyond #blessed babe. #happy #anniversary #mylove #onedownforevertogo," he concluded.
Sierra, in turn, wrote a lengthy message to her husband on Instagram.
"Joseph Francis, I promise to never stop holding your hand, kissing you at every red light, and dancing together in the kitchen every time we make dinner. I promise to tell you every day how much I love you and appreciate all that you do," Sierra captioned photos.
"I promise to continue to learn from you and to follow the examples of patience that you continuously set. I promise to trust and value your opinions and to continue to build upon the trust that we have. I promise to always be by your side fully and faithfully."
Sierra continued, "I promise to make sure I'm not just hungry when I get upset and to try my hardest, to step away from my stubbornness, and accept that, even to my dismay, I am not always right. With that said, as your wife, I will never keep score, even though I am totally winning because everything is always a competition."
Sierra promised to cherish their union and love Joe more each day than she did the day before.
"I will trust you and respect you, laugh with you and cry with you. I will love you faithfully through good times and bad, regardless of the obstacles we may face together," Sierra concluded.
"I will put you above all and first, always.. I promise to not just grow old together, but to grow together. Today, I give you my hand, my heart, and my love, forever. #anniversaryweekend #happyoneyearanniversary #myvowsareforever."
"Forever and ever, amen," Sierra captioned a close-up photo of the couple's hands with a pear-shaped engagement ring on her finger at the time.
Joe, a jewelry designer who has competed onSurvivor three times, and Sierra, who has competed on Survivor twice, met when they competed against each other on Survivor: Worlds Apart, the 30th season of the show that aired on CBS in 2014.
However, the couple did not fall in love during Survivor: Worlds Apart -- in fact, Sierra voted Joe out of the game!
Joe attempted to use his flirtatious nature to manipulate Sierra during Survivor: Worlds Apart, but Joe told The Salt Lake Tribune last year "she was not having any of that."
"We really didn't even have that great of a relationship, even within the game... She voted me out, which she reminds me of every chance she gets," Joe shared with the newspaper.
According to Joe, the pair's "friendship developed" after the game when they both attendedSurvivor-related events or gatherings, and then they ultimately met each other's families.
"Neither of us was looking to have a relationship or find love on an island," insisted Joe, who grew up in Arizona but is now living in Utah with Sierra.
"You always say, 'Oh, what if?' But in reality, you know that's not going to happen. And you shouldn't couple up because it's bad for your games [to be viewed as a power pair]. But, again, all this happened after the fact."
Joe said he and Sierra realized how much they had in common as time progressed.
In addition to playing on Survivor: Edge of Extinction and Survivor: Worlds Apart, Joe had appeared on Survivor: Cambodia -- Second Chance, the 31st Survivorseason that was cast based on viewer voting.
As for Sierra, she also returned for Survivor: Game Changers, the franchise's 34th season.