We met at a running event 15 years ago and realized we had a tremendous amount in common. We started dating despite the fact that Mike was about to leave for a yearlong trip around the world. Our connection was so strong that two days before Mike left, he decided to cut his trip in half with the plan for us to continue the adventure together in the future. Through daily emails and regular phone calls, we formed a strong friendship which serves as the foundation of our relationship. Three years later, we continued the trip, backpacking around Europe for four months. Mike proposed at the end of the trip and we’ve been happily married for the past 11 years.
Our love of travel is one of the things that immediately connected us. We are curious about the world and excited to explore new cultures and places. We also love everything outdoors from camping and hiking to kayaking and surfing. Melissa is an avid cyclist and enjoys participating in running, cycling and triathlon events. Mike is an avid surfer and loves to be in the water, but also enjoys cycling and rides his bike to work most days. Everyday he sees parents riding their children to school on their bicycles, which is an experience that we both dream of sharing with our child.
Since we both work in education, we’re fortunate that we’ll have summers off to play, explore, and travel together with our child. Mike is a high school physics teacher and Melissa is an elementary school social worker. Curiosity, exploring, and learning are important to us. With summers off, we are excited to continue to explore the world through the eyes of a child and spend lots of fun time together as a family. In addition, we plan to have one of us stay home as a full-time parent, for the first 3 years, until the start of pre-school. We live a very healthy, happy, and active life and we can’t wait to share it with a child!