November 14, 2014 is when this chapter of our lives began, but our story together started eight years earlier. Sarah and I met as freshman at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. She worked part-time as a cosmetologist during our first year of dating and ultimately ended up choosing to become a full-time hair stylist. Four years later I asked Sarah to marry me. She said yes and we were married on July, 5, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio. I completed by bachelor’s degree two weeks before we were married and began pursuing my doctorate in psychology two months after our wedding. For the following four years I was a full-time student and she worked as a hair stylist until we welcomed our firstborn son into the world on November 20, 2014.
After nine months of
arguing passionate discussions we agreed that once he was born Sarah would become a stay-at-home-mom and we would find a way to survive on my graduate student stipend and tips from my weekend serving job. This whole story is best told elsewhere though, the takeaway message is that the numbers said we couldn’t, but our faith said we could and somehow we did!
These days we find ourselves in South Bend, Indiana, further than we’ve ever been from our friends and families, as I complete my year-long doctoral internship and Sarah continues to stay home with our son. Beginning this fight with stage III brain cancer wasn’t part of the rough draft we had for our lives, but sometimes life makes unexpected edits. My prayer is that as we invite you into our battle with cancer we also invite you to meet an amazing God who has promised to carry us through.