"Kelly finds it easy to see the best in people, a skill that I lack. She is the rare person who is not naive about how much hurt and ickiness is in the world, but still is truly joyful, hopeful and willing to work for a better future. She is passionate about looking out for her family.
We make a life with two careers (minimum, Derek usually has a few extras), far away family, close-knit friends, and with a commitment to God, the world, and one another.
She will drive many miles to go to a craft fair, a small town festival or a cool covered bridge. Her precision and desire for order make for delicious scones, a pristine house, and a day that's full of activity, but nothing is missed. She is a fantastic mother. She worked as a nanny to a family for many years and learned that kids thrive when there's some order and some rules, but ultimately know they are loved. She's faithful, whip-smart and quick to laugh at internet memes, goofy jokes, and the antics of our pets." – written by Derek
"Derek is outgoing, quick to laugh, and always looking for a good friend to invite to a party. He knows more people across the country and around the world than you can imagine, he forms deep relationships and keeps them across time and great distances. He likes music, woodworking, storytelling, bad puns (and good ones), and delicious foods. He loves to eat, but more importantly loves to cook up great feasts to share with everyone we know and love and people we want to know better. Derek loves to sing, especially with other people in choirs. While he is very social, Derek also enjoys time alone in his woodshop dreaming up the next beautiful creation he can give to a friend or family member. He is brilliant. He reads and remembers nearly everything, his office is floor to ceiling books and he can talk to just about anyone about just about anything. He is a creative and loving parent, including our daughter in his projects and teaching her to love learning. He is a beloved colleague and mentor." – Written by Kelly