Orange Team: Crystal and Josh Barrettrace for parenthood 2015-11

Our Story, as told by Crystal: Josh and I met in middle school, the 6th grade to be exact.  We started dating our 8th grade year and were high school sweethearts, graduating in 2002.  Five years later we got married on June 9, 2007. In September of 2010 I had to undergo an exploratory laparoscopy and was diagnosed with Endometriosis. “Infertility” was one thing I never imagined I would have to deal with as no one in my family had any problems conceiving. That’s when we decided that it was time to start trying for a baby. …read more

 

 

 

Kacy and TimmyPurple Team: Meet Kacy and Timmy Perkins

Our Story, as told by Kacy: Timmy and I were married on May 5, 2012 in my parent’s front yard, underneath an arch built by my father. The moment he gave me away, the sky opened up and rain poured! Guests went running, but we stood our ground, said our vows, laughed at the weather and started our new life together. After all, they say rain on your wedding day is good luck. We talked about having children so many times and both agreed that once we were married, we would start trying…read more

 

 

Yellow Team: Kate and Paul Ziolkowski

Our Story, as told by Kate: Hello there! We’re Kate & Paul Ziolkowski and we’re Team Yellow…again.  You can read our more in-depth history under the 2014 couple bios, but here’s the basic gist of our time together.  We dated for almost exactly 3 and a half years before tying the knot on December 16, 2006.  We just celebrated our eighth wedding anniversary and for seven of those years we’ve been fighting infertility.  Some years we fought infertility harder than others.  One year we fought to save our marriage.  Several years we fought to re-find and redefine ourselves.  We’ve always fought everything together. And we’re determined to win our fight against infertility…read more

 

 

Ana and AprilGreen Team: Ana and April Poland

Our Story, as told by Ana: April and I met in 2007 online, after a few weeks of e-mailing and talking on the phone we finally met in person and went on our first date. We married in 2009 in Niagara Falls, Ontario and the rest is history. It wasn’t long before we met that I realized that I was gay and coming to terms with that was very difficult for me. I had been brought up in a conservative Christian household and my faith is very important to me. After reconciling my beliefs and coming out to my family, the next thing I had to come to terms with was the fact that it was going to be that much harder for us to have a family…read more

 

 

race for parenthood 2015-9Pink Team: Melissa and Jason Evans

Our Story, as told by Melissa: Jason Evans and I met at Ithaca College in upstate New York the fall of 1998. Our first date was to see the movie the Matrix.  When I graduated from college, I told Jason I was moving to Virginia for a job. He did not hesitate to say I’m coming and joined me in Virginia without ever seeing the state. When we moved to Virginia we had big dreams.  Jason went back to school to get his degree in IT. We made one of our dreams come true by buying a house on a lake outside of Richmond…read more

 

 

IMG_0304Red Team: Cris and Patrick Gantz

Our Story, as told by Cris: My law school roommate invited me up to DC to see an improv performance and I said “yes.” That night I laughed hysterically at the antics of my future husband, Patrick Gantz. We met for the first time after the show among a crowd of his friends and family. We had an instant connection. We went with a group to an after party where we spent hours laughing and talking and bonding over our shared love of The Simpsons. At the end of the night, Patrick tried to kiss me. I denied him. Three times. I had a boyfriend at the time, but for the next 1.5 years we stayed in touch through our mutual friend and became very good buddies. When we  finally found ourselves unattached we decided to take our friendship to the next level. We never looked back…read more

 

 

 

 

 

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