We briefly met as teenagers one summer when we were both lifeguards at a local pool. Many years passed before we were reunited and “matched” for our first date. We had an amazing time catching up during dinner and have been together ever since.
Our shared love of the beach, shag dancing, dogs, holiday decorating and our faith made us a great match. We were married two years later in a beautiful church service. Renovating our beach house, raising Tyler together and starting a new business have helped us support and encourage each other in new ways. It hasn’t always been easy but it’s always been worth it. 10 years later, and we still love to dance (renovating — not so much!).
We live in a wonderful neighborhood full of things to do. There are about 6,000 people in our community, and we feel like 4,000 of those are children. It is full of them! We have a full- time Program Director who keeps us busy. Santa and Mrs. Claus come at Christmas, there is a Family Fun Day every fall (with food trucks, inflatable slides, Kona Ice truck, lawn games), Easter Egg hunts, a kid-friendly haunted house at Halloween and much more! We love to decorate for holidays — inside and outside! It’s so much fun to walk through our neighborhood and get into the holiday spirit. There are five playgrounds scattered throughout the neighborhood, two pools and tennis courts. There is also easy access to the greenway — a nature path through the woods, by the river.
I grew up in a large city in North Carolina with my younger brother. I was very blessed to have parents who provided a warm, safe, loving home and also instilled in me a strong work ethic, strong morals and a loyalty to family and friends.
I had a wonderful childhood. Summers were spent at the pool, playing cards and making bracelets with friends. My brother and I would also spend a week in South Carolina with each of our grandparents. We had fun on the farm (riding horses ~ feeding the pigs ~ woodworking) and adventures on the road in an Airstream camper. I was extremely close to my grandparents and so much of who I am today is because of their influence on me.
I love seniors and work in an assisted living facility. I have been in my current role supporting families and their loved ones for 17 years. I believe my close relationship with my grandparents led me to this field. I’m lucky to be able to work from home and have the flexibility to alter my schedule as needed.
While I’m a decent cook, I’m a great baker. My homemade chocolate chip cookies are a fan favorite! I’m active at church with Bible study, our college kids and our senior ministry. For many years, I worked with the youth at our church before getting more involved with Tyler’s age group.
I was fortunate to be raised by two loving parents in a home where faith and family were considered priority. If asked, my hope is that others would describe me as a loving, gentle husband and father who puts his family first. My parents’ influence has shaped me into who I am today.
Growing up, I was a good athlete and student in school. I attended college and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science and earned my MBA. After years of working in the banking and construction industries, my twin brother and I made the leap into full-time self- employment with the purchase of an insurance restoration business.
After losing my 14-month old daughter, Meredith, to a brain tumor in 2008, I strive to make every moment count. I realize that time is very important, and I try to spend it on the things that matter. I enjoy exercising and biking with my family as well as visits to the neighborhood pool. Our vacation time to the beach and Disney are moments that I hold dear.
There is nothing that brings me more joy than being a father. To be part of a child’s life is an exciting journey. Watching Tyler grow, learn new things, share adventures and become his own person is beyond fulfilling. I long to share the same love and devotion that I have for Tyler with a second child.