Who We Are
Dan and I met when I was on my way home from a deployment to Iraq. At the time, we were both working at the same company and I was asked to stop on the way home from Ft. Dix in uniform as they wanted to have a celebration of my service. We dated for many years but did not live together. We married in June of 2005. Dan is Catholic and I was raised Baptist. We were married in the Catholic Church with Dan's priest and my Uncle Duke who is a Baptist minister. We had the choir from my church perform the music before the service. It was really a wonderful wedding and blending of both of our faiths. Looking back, I should have married Dan years earlier. Shortly after we married, I was notified that my battalion was scheduled to deploy and I spent almost every weekend during the next year training to include several conference calls a week in the evenings and other training days. I was gone for 14 months during 2008/2009. During the deployment, I was responsible for 7,000 detainees and 1,200 Soldiers at Camp Bucca in Southern Iraq. Dan never complained once about me not being home, limited communication, or carrying all of the responsibility of taking care of the home. I am really the lucky spouse for sure! Dan found our dream home while I was in Iraq and started building. We had tried to have children before I deployed and tried several rounds of invitro but we were not blessed to have children. When I returned home, we wanted to pursue adoption but decided it would not be fair to parent a child until I was retired from the military. Yes, we are an older couple but have the energy of a very young couple and I believe we will be great parents based on "favorite and most fun Aunt and Uncle" to all of our nieces and nephews on both sides of the family. What makes us happy is to help and support those in need. Dan picks up a mentally challenged older gentleman every week and takes him to bowling and we help support he and his elderly mother who are on a fixed income. We help support my sister and brother-in-law who has MD. We host all of the family holiday parties on both sides of the family. I could elaborate a lot more, but suffice it to say that we have a lot of energy and love for your child. There would be no greater blessing for us if you choose us to be your adoptive parents.
So much fun watching my 9 month old nieces! Up at 5am every morning lol!