We both grew up in the North East, Luke in NJ and Katie in NH. We met in 2004 at college at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a small engineering school in Massachusetts. We were neighbors for a year in the upperclassmen dorms and both members of Air Force ROTC.
our child will have tons of 'Aunts' and 'Uncles' loving on them!
Katie liked Luke from the beginning but Luke was completely oblivious and very focused on school. So she spent over a year flirting with him by sneak attacking him around campus with water balloons and snow balls (isn't that how all girls flirt?). Well, thankfully, it worked on Luke. He saw a kindred, adventurous spirit and we started dating in 2006. Most of our relationship was long distance, as shortly after we started dating, Luke graduated and went to his first duty station in Utah. Two years later, after Katie graduated with her Master's Degree we were able to get stationed together. Shortly after in October of 2008 we were married and began a life of adventures.
We spent two years in Utah before getting stationed overseas in Turkey. While there we were able to travel to Germany, Ireland, France, Switzerland and England. Switzerland was our favorite, it is basically a winter wonderland playground! Katie served four years on active duty and at the end of our time in Turkey decided to leave active duty. At the time Luke got selected to become a navigator in the Air Force and we decided it was best for our family for her to get out and follow Luke's career. While in Turkey we did a year apart with each of us deploying and we were tired of being apart. She still serves as a reservist and now loves working a low stress job at the City of Boise as a fire code plans examiner/inspector. What followed Turkey were two years of intense training for Luke and moves to Florida and then North Carolina. Luke is now fully trained to be the WSO (fancy term for "guy in the back") of the F-15E Strike Eagle. We are now living in Boise Idaho and enjoying all the outdoor activities it offers.
While we are always up for adventure, our normal day to day is more low key and involve us spending time in our hobbies. Katie's hobbies are cooking, reading, making puzzles and taking photos. Some of her favorite books are The Art of Racing in the Rain, Pride and Prejudice and the Harry Potter series. Luke's hobbies are playing hockey, he is in a pick up league and Katie loves going to cheer him on. He also likes barbecuing (especially if it involves his smoker grill) and working on the cars.
Being a military family has it challenges. While we have been able to live and travel to some amazing places, there has also been a lot of stress that comes with it. It is definitely a roller coaster type ride of ups and downs. When the lows come we lean on our faith and our military family. No matter where the Air Force takes us, we know there are friends and a community waiting to embrace us and join in our adventure. The friends we have made through the Air Force are the most caring, thoughtful and inspiring people we have ever met. Friends who at a moments notice will drop everything to run and be by your side. They are our extended family and our child will have tons of 'Aunts' and 'Uncles' loving on them!