|The Grand Canal of Venice, because I could not find a picture of Nick and Anna|
Nicholas went home and married Anna Michieli, the daughter of one of the doges of Venice. They had nine children -- six boys and three girls. Sometime later, they agreed to separate so that Nicholas could go back to his monastery. Before he returned, he founded a convent near Venice to which Anna could move, living out her life as a nun.
Taking a ten year hiatus from celibacy in order to preserve one's patriarchal, aristocratic dynasty may not seem like much of a sacrifice, but the fact that he returned suggests it might have been. Marrying a monk and then becoming a nun after ten years (or so) of frantic child-bearing can hardly be seen as anything other than sacrifice, in spite of his undisputed aristocratic privileges. I do not feel sorry for them, but I do think theirs is a nice story, one worth contemplating.
They were never formally beatified, but they are popularly recognized and celebrated on November 21.