|Outside Providence Sherwood, Dan’s family practice office.|
|Dan and I hanging out in one of many waiting rooms.|
|Helping Raine open a gift from a friend. He has received so many gifts the last two weeks!!!|
For those of you who have donated or shared, or are considering doing either of these things, I just wanted to take a moment to tell you a little bit more about us.
|We were married in September, 2004 and moved from IL to OR that year. We have been living happily ever after ever since.|
“Happily ever after” isn’t without challenges and ups & downs. I always felt lucky that Dan was a strong, reliable, healthy (I mean, super healthy….he had never had a headache until recently), hard-working man. He is an Eagle Scout. He values autonomy, freedom, leadership, competition, hard work, and preparedness. He is the caretaker in our family in terms of his financial contributions and emotional stability. I am also a strong person but it has taken me a long time to figure out that I am–just because my strength doesn’t mirror his strength. I have struggled with psychological and physical illnesses since childhood. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia by age 14 and hospitalized for Depression at 20. When Dan and I decided to try to conceive in 2006, we learned I had Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Until recently, I defined myself by these things and my inevitable perceived weaknesses related to them. But actually, I am resilient, loyal, and imaginative. I value balance, order, belonging, tolerance, and creativity. I also am a caretaker in our family; I keep us organized, having fun, and well dressed. :) For the last four years, I have been managing my conditions the best I can and have been able to contribute financially to our household. This year I also began my own business in addition to my day job to earn more.
We also have 2 pets. Hobbes has been with me since 2002 and Dan and I adopted Rocco in 2005. We cherish our animals and they help us keep our sense of humor.