We met in 2001 while Rob was stationed at Langley AFB in Virginia. We were married two years later in 2003. That same year, we welcomed our first biological daughter, Mackenzie. Our second daughter, Allyson, arrived two years later in 2005. Rob has been in the Air Force for almost 20 years and Dana has been a stay at home mom since Mackenzie was born. Staying home has allowed her to be involved in the girl's schools as well as their activities.
As a family, we love to travel. Rob's career has aided us in accomplishing that. We have not only lived in another country, but we have been fortunate enough to visit a few as well as traveling all over the United States.
Hiking is a hobby all four of us have enjoyed for many years and try to venture out every place we travel to. Our current home in Montana has allowed many beautiful hikes. On warm sunny days we can be found working in our garden or building a new project. When the weather turns snowy and cold, we love to go skiing or just hang out inside watching old movies or playing board games.
Mackenzie is our bright, serious 14 year old and loves going to school and involves herself in many school activities such as National Junior Honor Society, track, cross country and swim as well as dancing and golf. She is also involved in her community and volunteers as a junior life guard at our local water park. She recently became involved in Civil Air Patrol as she wants to attend the Air Force Academy after graduating high school.
Allyson is our whimsical, vibrant 11 year old. She has been involved in dance for the past 7 years. Ally loves all kinds of dance but focuses mainly on jazz, tap and ballet. She has been dancing on her tippy toes since she could walk and we don't see her stopping now. Like her sister she also plays golf and will be volunteering this summer as a junior life guard.
Why adoption? Dana was diagnosed with secondary infertility and would not be able to conceive without medical intervention. She has always wanted to adopt as her mother and step father are both adopted. We also have many friends that have adopted and it has been amazing and inspirational to see families built through adoption.
Our life is a crazy, wonderful adventure and we cannot wait to see where we end up next!
We live on a military base in Montana. It's a spacious five bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home with a good sized backyard that houses our garden. There are also several parks all over the base as well as two right behind our house. The kitchen is where we can be found either learning a new meal or just talking about our day.
We share our home with our two daughters and two dogs. Stark is an 8 year old Jindo we adopted from a shelter in South Korea. He's a very smart and gentle dog. Noel is our spunky, energetic 1 year old rat terrier. They both can be found joining us not only on our hikes, but our vacations as well.
No matter where the military sends us, it's important that each home is comfortable and filled with love and laughter.
I have been in love with Rob since the moment I met him. He has been my best friend and biggest supporter these past 16 years. Intelligent, sincere and trusting are just a few of his wonderful traits. His sense of humor keeps the four of us laughing and smiling everyday. He is a hard worker and as advanced not only in his career, but his education as well. This past May, Rob graduated from college receiving a Bachelor's in Business. I love watching him with our daughters. Even though his career can send him on trips, he always makes it a priority to put his kids first. Whether its cheering our daughters on over Skype, volunteering to coach their sports teams, or just simply helping them with homework, he's there. I'm grateful I get to wake up everyday and call him my husband.
I was fortunate to meet the love of my life at a young age. Because of this I have had the opportunity and privilege to grow with her over the last sixteen years. Dana is very organized and keeps all of us on task no matter how much is going on in our lives; but, she is also incredibly caring and always has our best interests at heart. She also is the planner of the family. When we are about to go on one of our many adventures, it is always Dana that makes sure we are prepared and properly equipped to head out. She also has my complete trust, which is very beneficial to someone such as myself that must travel for work, sometimes for months at a time. Because of this I know that everything is taken care of while I am away and so I don't have to worry as much about home while I'm trying to focus on my job. She is truly my other half and I am thankful everyday that she loves me is with me as my partner in life.