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Our Love Story
We met in high school our 11th grade year. Sam was new to the school, and I was the first person to greet him. We became friends and loved talking. Sam would often convince me to take a break from studying, and we would drive to get coffees. After graduation, we got together for coffee, and Sam looked at me and thought “wow, she’s gorgeous” and the rest is history! We had a whirlwind romance – got engaged a few months later in May 2007 and married December 2007 when we were both 19! We have been married basically our entire adult lives. We went through college together, built our careers, figured out finances together, and well – figured out life together. It has been a fun and crazy adventure!
Going through infertility was an unexpected turn. But, God really used it to help us grow and learn to trust Him. And all along, He had the most amazing plan in store for us…adoption! We always wanted to adopt, thinking we would have some biologically and then also adopt. Two of Rebekah’s brothers are adopted, and two of Sam’s uncles are adopted. And God adopted us! So it’s always been a desire of ours. We just didn’t realize at the time that God put that desire in our hearts partly because we would face infertility. We didn’t see the pathway for adoption until last year – when God opened the doors wide!! It’s been such a joy! Even more amazing than we had imagined.
After 15 years of marriage, we are still best friends. We can talk for hours, and our relationship has only become stronger and deeper through the years as we have drawn into the Lord and chosen to love each other through the good times and the hard times.
For Christmas, we enjoy going to the Christmas Eve service with friends, having a birthday party for Jesus as a family, and special meals. We have a lot of variety in our holidays, sometimes we spend them with friends, sometimes with family just depending on who is visiting or traveling. Sometimes we travel. But, we always make a point to celebrate! We believe it is important to have times of celebration and remembrance…and also rest!