We met in 2003 (still hard to believe it's been that long) in our local shopping mall. I was working at the Gap and he was shopping with a friend. A mutual friend shared my information with Jordan and three dates and three days later, we knew it was something special. We dated through college, 2 and a half years before become engaged, and one year after that we were married in Jamaica in June of 2006.
Jordan earned his commission into the Air Force the following year, and I left my job as a first grade teacher in Houston to move to our first station in Germany. Our time in Germany was incredible. I enjoyed my job as a Kindergarten teacher, and Jordan enjoyed his work on base. We visited 20 countries in our short time in Germany and felt continually blessed by all we were able to experience. After 3 wonderful years of travel and adventure in Europe, we were ready to start a family. While I was for sure it would happen in the first few months, it wasn't that easy. Another PCS (military move) brought us to Turkey and to a doctor that told us the news...without medical intervention it is unlikely we will have a child of our own.
In February of 2011 we began the process of our first IVF cycle. We were overjoyed when it ended in a pregnancy in March. Sadly the joy was short lived as our Beta numbers failed to double, and we were left with a diagnosis of chemical pregnancy. In May of 2011 we geared up for another cycle, this time with embryos frozen from the first cycle, but this too would end without a child.
So, here we are, waiting to begin again with IVF #3 and trusting that God can do amazing things with our infertility journey. We still enjoy traveling, although we are more limited by our current location, and seek opportunities to get out an explore as often as we can.
Update (3/2/13): After cycle 3, we were overjoyed to find out we were pregnant! With twins! Sadly, just a week later we were told we had lost both babies. Luckily for us, God had a miracle in the works, and after a follow up ultrasound the next week- we saw one tiny heart beating away! What a roller coaster.
We welcomed Deacon into our family in June of 2012, shortly after moving back to the states from Turkey. Now we are settling into life in the states as a family of 3. A whole new set of adventures!