We met through a mutual friend in 2014, and from the night we met we walked out of the restaurant hand in hand and never looked back.
Jason and Stephanie met through a mutual friend, Tina. Tina felt strongly that we should meet and knew that even if it weren’t a love connection, we would most assuredly be friends. We arranged to meet together for a casual hang out. We quickly started talking and there was a familiarity about each other that led the conversation to continue, and it felt like poor Tina was no longer there! After that night we arranged for our first ‘real’ date the following night, and have been together since then.
We shared many of the same interests, such as spending quality time with family and friends, yoga, tacos, a love of music and cars. Stephanie always liked cars but Jason introduced her to the car club where we enjoy learning about driving on a road course and have met a wonderful community of people. Jason has since become a driving instructor. We were married in a beautiful outdoor ceremony by a lake in September 2016 and have since bought a home together and had our first child, Anastasia Grace (Ana for short) in January of 2020! As a married couple we understand the importance of comprise, hard work, forgiveness, compassion, and honesty, and having Ana has strengthened our relationship and communication skills even more.
Stephanie works at a pharmaceutical company creating labeling for pharmaceutical products, compiling data from clinical trials and other sources into the package insert (including what to take the medication for, how to take it, the risks, etc.). Jason works in finance at a contract research organization supporting the pharmaceutical industry. Stephanie works from home full time, and Jason is also working full time from home due to the pandemic but expects to return to the office a few days a week. Even though we both have careers, family is our number one priority. Although this pandemic has been very devastating to our world, the silver lining is that working from home it gave us a lot of quality time working from home where we were able to experience most of our daughter’s firsts! It also allowed her grandmothers to each spend two full days a week creating memories with her.
Although we live close to all of the necessities and creature comforts, our family home is located out in the country neighboring several farms, and we have plenty of land to run around and play. We are surrounded by two horse farms and go to feed the horses carrots every day and check in on the chickens, turkeys, and sheep. We have wonderful neighbors as well. One of our neighbors saw that since Ana was a baby I’ve taken her to feed the horses carrots every day. The first winter they plowed a path so I could continue this daily ritual in the snow. The following year, they planted sunflowers all along the fence for a ‘sunflower walk’ to greet the horses.
Jason is kind, funny, and lives life to the fullest. I always say thankfully he is finally a father because he is always cracking “dad jokes”, the kind kids love to roll their eyes at but secretly chuckle. He was raised in a family that didn’t have much, but had each other and always put family first. He has assumed those values, and I see how family is his first priority in everything he does. He co-signed for his brother’s college loan so that his brother could go away to college, while Jason stayed home and worked while attending community college. Ana is the light of his life! When we first had her, like most first-time dads, he wasn’t sure what to do; but they have quickly developed a very special and deep father-daughter bond. He chases her around and we all love to play hide and seek, taking turns shushing each other to be quiet while the other parent comes to find us. Jason is an incredible father, and I am so grateful to have him as my husband and father of our precious child. It has been wonderful seeing the man I love grow into an even better version of himself and an amazing father. He always put us first!
Stephanie is the light of life in our family. She brings her funny, loving and caring nature to every situation and also when it comes to our daughter. She is always looking for another fun thing for us to do as a family. As successful Stephanie has been in her work career, she shows every day she brings that same dedication to raising Ana. Every morning she prepares Ana’s meals for the day and carefully packs her lunch bag for the days she goes to school. Stephanie absolutely loves Ana’s mom and her world revolves around her. Whether its singing and dancing to music, sitting down to read, taking her on walks, or just acting goofy, she loves spending time with the family doing something fun and connecting. She brings everything that she has learned to Ana with the needed patience that all great mothers possess. Stephanie is a wonderful mom and is eager for another addition to the family.