I met Rod in the spring of 2004. He charmed me with all of his corny jokes, his sarcasm, and he finally convinced me to start dating. Then, on February 15, 2005, he asked me to marry him. I of course said yes, and on July 15, 2006 we got married in a beautiful and joyous ceremony. The most perfect and best day of my life.
Over these last few years we have had many ups and many, many struggles. Through it all, Rod's mantra was "we'll figure it out together." He has always been the calm in my sea of stress and worry. And somehow, we always figured it out. We made it through our struggles. These last couple of years have been the best of our life - we both are very happy in our jobs, have reconnected with old friends, and found a house that we made into our home. The first place I have felt like it was home in long time. A home that is filled with love, laughter, two crazy dogs and, of course, many, many NASCAR die cast cars.
Just as we were starting to make plans for the next part of our life, God stepped in with a different plan. And on March 4th, 2012 I lost my husband. My best friend. My love.