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Bill and Jen’s Excellent Adventure: From TLC to Oprah and Beyond

posted: 01/17/11
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Bill Klein and Jen Arnold dated for three years before they married. He bugs her about her driving. It drives her a little crazy. But they are a team and absolutely couldn't live with out each other. They are the average newly married couple in love, except for the fact that they are under four feet tall. And now, they are the stars of a TLC series, The Little Couple.

"We wanted to educate folks on the fact that we are very much a couple," Bill says. We have similar dreams and aspirations. We lean on each other. There's not a thing in this world that can slow us down."

In fact, the couple is very much on the go. Jen, 35, is a neonatologist at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston and Bill, 34, owns his own sales, training and telecommunications business in New York, which makes for lots of commuting and long-distance phone calls.

On top of managing a long distance relationship and demanding careers, Little People: Just Married shows the couple facing the stress of Bill's potentially life-threatening hip replacement surgery and contemplating the risks of planning a family in their first year of marriage.

"We hope to inspire kids with new diagnoses of spondylo-epiphyseal dysplasia and let them and their parents know that they can have fulfilled lives," Jen says. "We have limitations, but we all have limitations. We want kids to know they can find love and do what they want to do in life."

Bill and Jen had no idea what was in store for them when they met at a Starbucks on March 10, more than three years ago, but each knew they had met someone special.

"On our first date we had sushi and ended up talking all night." Bill says. "We ordered all this sushi and didn't touch any of it."

At the end of a whirlwind weekend, Bill says he was pretty sure that Jen was the one.

"She says she wasn't sure until a few weeks later," Bill says.

"I was sure; I just didn't know if you were sure," Jen pipes in.

It's this fun teasing and their fun-loving spirits that make Bill and Jen so engaging. They've even captured Oprah's attention and appeared on her show.

"We were treated very well," Jen says of being on the show. "The production crew was very accommodating and so nice."

"We took a picture with afterwards. We hope to put it on our wall."

But the couple says they aren't famous by any stretch of the imagination. They've received positive reactions from people on their special, but their day-to-day lives keep them grounded. And we'll get to follow them even further on their journey as a married couple in a new TLC series this summer.

"It'll be centered around the events in our lives," Bill says. "Some mundane, like how we do laundry, and other things like going to Hawaii and seeing what trouble we can get into there."

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