Our Love Story
We met in another lifetime…
Our love story goes beyond the confines of time - it transcends the present, the past, and the future. Our paths crossed during a period of tremendous upheaval in both of our lives. Craig had just embarked on his journey as a Police Officer in March 2011, and three months later, Steph began her role as a 911 Dispatcher. It's almost comical to say that we fell in Love conversing over the radio, but in truth, it's not too far from the reality of our connection.
It was pivotal moment in our lives when our paths converged. At that time, we were both in the process of ending our first marriages. Over the next few years, we would navigate divorces, sale our homes, and make the bold decision to move in together. With each of us bringing two children into the equation, our household quickly grew to a bustling family of six.
In 2015, we got married and that’s when everything really changed. It’s like the Universe had been testing us up to that point to see if we were serious about this thing, this life we were making together. Making sure we really Loved each other so we were prepared for what was next. Little did we know, but the tests were just beginning.
Underneath the canopy of our beautiful willow tree in our own backyard, we exchanged vows and tied the knot. In that transformative moment, everything shifted. It's as if saying "I do", started a chain reaction of events that altered our life down the path we were meant to walk. It was most definitely not the path we were walking at the time, nor one either of us could ever imagined.
When we got back from our honeymoon, Craig was unexpectantly fired from his job as a Cop. It hit us like a ton of bricks, and we were totally blindsided. Craig fell into a deep depression that lasted for years, and things got tough.
Steph stepped up to keep the family afloat, working her butt off to make ends meet. But let's be honest, it was a struggle. The pressure got to us, and it felt like we were barely keeping it together.
We talk in depth about this time period of our life on episode 298 of the podcast. Watch it here- ELP 298.
In 2017, Steph left her career as a Dispatcher and went to school to become a licensed Massage Therapist. It was one of the hardest decisions and then again, one of the easiest. It was one made out of desperation during a time period of her life when everything felt like it was falling apart. It was a vulnerable moment, crying on the floor of the shower, where she chose herself.
It was a pivotal moment that shook us to our core and set us on a new path. From that point forward, we were determined to embark on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth.
We found the courage to face our inner demons and make choices that aligned with our true selves. That single moment became the catalyst for our ongoing transformation and the driving force behind our commitment to self-evolution.
There’s a thousand moments in between
all those moments written about above. Moments where we were certain our relationship was over. Moments of pure Love and happiness only to be countered by the deepest pain and suffering either of us had experienced. But like every good Love story, there’s a happy ending.
We’ve learned to appreciate all the moments and believe our path is one of healing and Love. Our relationship and Love for each other guides us through the Shadow of our traumas and our lives. Today, we help other people do the same.
It’s our passion, it’s our life, and life is good.