Getting to know: US
We both attended the same college our freshman year and met in biology class. The first day of class Mary saw Danny walk in and was shocked (she swears in a good way) by Danny's big surfer hair and even bigger skater shoes. Danny noticed Mary’s gorgeous blonde curly hair and beautiful brown eyes.
He got home, looked her up and showed up on her doorstep.
The biology teacher assigned a service project that needed to be completed in pairs and Danny thought this was a great time to make his move – luckily she accepted. For 8 weeks we helped out at a home with severely handicapped children. We played with them, threw dance parties, and really got to know each other on a new level, but just remained friends through our entire freshman year. Danny left right after his first year of school to serve a two-year mission for our church in San Antonio, Texas. During that time Mary dated around but no one compared to Danny. He got home, looked her up and showed up on her doorstep. We started dating that weekend, got engaged four months later and then four months after that we got married in the Bountiful, Utah Temple. We will hit our 13 year anniversary soon and we can honestly say while it hasn’t always been blissful, we are in love more now than ever.
We love to be active. During the summer you will often find us at the lake boating, having fun at the water park, or BBQ'ing some mean steaks and roasting marshmallows. During the winter we will be at the slopes, having snowball fights, or turning up the heater and playing games or watching movies. We enjoy life and laugh often. We are very active in our church service and have spent most of the last 12 years working with children and youth.
Getting to know: MARY (mom)
Mary is the absolute light of my life and is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the out. Her smile can light up any room and people of all ages are drawn to her. Her family moved 15 times before fifth grade and as a result she can make friends with anyone. She is outgoing and loves to give of herself. Mary grew up in a home of all girls - 3 sisters and her mom. Mary played soccer and ran cross country in high school and loves to run and exercise now. She has always been extremely creative and artistic and these talents flourished in college as she majored in fine art. Today she runs a very successful photography business. Mary is one of the hardest working people I know. She built her business from the ground up and loves making important memories for others through her photography. You can rest assured your child will have a well documented life through photos, but more importantly your child will be loved by her like no other. Mary has taught our daughters to create and imagine – often I come home from work and the girls run up to me with some creation they worked on that day. We had a nephew live with us for several months and Mary always made sure the girls knew why they should share and how to respect others. Most everyday I come home, the girls have big smiles on their faces, which shows me they know they are LOVED by their mother and are being raised in a warm and wonderful environment.
Getting to know: DANNY (dad)
Danny brightens my day anytime he is around. He has a contagious laugh, very friendly personality and is extremely intelligent. He works hard and is a natural teacher. He is an entrepreneur and has, at the moment, 26 Jimmy John's franchises that he owns and runs with a business partner, another restaurant called Viva Chicken, and some real estate. As much as Danny likes to work hard, he likes to play hard. He is the first one up on vacation to go boating and the last one to come home. He enjoys every kind of sport from basketball and football to tennis and ping-pong. He is a fun loving dad, which is shown by how fast the girls run to see him when he gets home from work. When not working or serving at church he can be found playing with the girls on the trampoline, playing hide ‘n seek, or chasing the girls while they squeal with happiness. The whole family rejoices to see him walk in the door because he makes all situations better than they were. He likes to motivate others to live happier lives and has a great listening ear. He is always striving to better himself. He loves his children to their very core and hopes with every piece of his heart that they will always know that fact in their lives. Bottom line is that Danny is simply one of the best.