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Johnny: John, My Rock, Daddy, Doctor

Johnny: John, My Rock, Daddy, Doctor


Johnny is a fun loving, adventure seeking, mountain moving, family man known for his ready smile, contagious laugh, and curly red hair.  (It’s gotten a lot tamer over the years.)  Always ready to fight for a worthy cause and promote the good of mankind, Johnny is passionate about serving the Church and community.  He juggled ministry, a full course load and clinical rotations during his four years of naturopathic medical school and just graduated in December.  Now running his own family practice, Natural Family Practice and Fertility Specialists, he is at long last doing what he has worked so hard all of these  years to prepare for – helping to make people well.  Still, he somehow manages to keep family a priority and always puts the boys and me first.  They adore him and want to be just like him and I wouldn’t mind that one bit.  I am so grateful that he is the one I get to journey through this life with.  Can you tell I’m crazy about him?   Yeah, just a little.

 

Us ~ Our Story

I like impossible situations.  That way, if it works out, you know it was meant to be.  -Johnny

These were the words that began our very impractical romance on New Year’s Day in 2006. He lived in California and was finishing an undergrad in Arizona.  My family was in Pennsylvania while I was living as a Catholic missionary in Central America.  The odds of us even meeting much less starting a relationship were highly unlikely.  The fact that we would begin not knowing when or if I would return to the States bordered on insanity.  But as my brother Adam who plotted to bring us together told me, “This guy is perfect for you.  You would be crazy not to at least give him a chance.”

In less than a week, Johnny had already booked a flight to visit me over spring break and I started to dare hoping that we might actually work out.  When he not only wanted to see the sights in that tropical paradise but jumped right into service (spending time with my students, initiating impromptu games of soccer on the beach, co-leading retreats, accompanying me on house calls and hospital visits to my beloved Belizeans), I was done for.  Seeing him with them made me fall in love with him and well, as they say, the rest is history.

So as it turns out, brother knows best and I think I owe him for life. Johnny is indeed “perfect for me” in more ways than I could have ever hoped for.   Impossible though it seemed, every obstacle that very easily could have ended us before we began was cast aside and it all seemed so effortless.  If there is anything I have learned from our story it is that if God is behind something, it will indeed work out regardless of the circumstances or what common sense may dictate.  That lesson proved at our very start has served us well.  I have a feeling it will continue to be a foundational truth in trusting what He has ordained for our future.

 

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