We both grew up in Indiana and met in high school. We started dating in 2007 and soon fell in love. We dated throughout our years at college and got married in 2014.
In our free time, we enjoy playing with our dogs and spending time with family and friends. Family and friends are an important part of our lives. We spend most of our time with them doing things like going to breweries and parks with the kids and dogs, having BBQs, attending local festivals and concerts, taking trips to the beach and going camping in the mountains.
One of our other hobbies is traveling. We travel as often as possible and have been to some great places in the US, Canada, China, Europe and the Caribbean Islands. It is always great to have new experiences, learn about different cultures and meet new people.
Some important family traditions include going back to Indiana for Christmas. We typically end up having about 5 different Christmas gatherings while we are there! We also travel back to Indiana every Memorial Day to attend the Indy 500 race with Derek’s family. Derek, his brothers and his dad have been going to the race together for over 20 years. We love Halloween! Every year we pick a theme, decorate our house and have our family and friends over for a costume party. We then hand out candy to the neighborhood kids.This is one tradition Derek is looking forward to sharing with our kids.
We built our home in 2015. It is a spacious 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath house with a large bonus/playroom, screened in back porch and huge fenced in backyard with woods behind it. Our family-friendly neighborhood has a pool, clubhouse, playground and fishing pond. It is an active neighborhood, so most days you will see people fishing, kids playing and owners out walking their dogs. We also have a beautiful park across the street with several playgrounds, ponds, areas for sports & activities, hiking trails and a children’s nature center.
Sam and I met in high school. We began dating in our senior year of high school, after having been friends for years. We've been together now for 10 years, and married for three. Over our years together, Sam and I have developed a close bond that continues to grow. Her even-minded temperament, strong character, kindness and humor are just a few qualities that I love about her. I couldn't ask for a better partner through this wild adventure we call life.
Derek and I have been together for over 10 years and have been though a lot. Having met in high school, we have gone through many milestones together, including high school and college graduations, our first pet, first jobs, moving away from home, first apartment, first house, and of course marriage. I could not imagine going on this journey and facing life's struggles and joys without him by my side. He is a compassionate, strong and trustworthy person who will make an amazing father.