HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR FAMILY?
We have been married 2.5 years and we are expecting our first child, a little boy, in March.
Aaron was raised on a former Atlas Missile Silo in Kansas. He is of German, Swiss and Irish heritage.
Dionne was born in Canada to Jamaican parents whose ethnic mix includes Chinese, Indian and Scottish. Her ethnicity is a peripatetic as her life. She has lived all over the country.
Aaron and Dionne lived an hour apart for years in New England, but met met when they both relocated to Georgia. Even though they lived an hour apart in Georgia they met by chance one night at a poetry reading in Atlanta in 2010. We connected pretty quickly and have been happily ever after since. Atlanta is so much a part of the story of our family even though we left the city last year for new jobs.
DOES FAITH PLAY A ROLE IN YOUR FAMILY? IF YES OR NO, PLEASE EXPLAIN.
No. Dionne grew up with grandparents who were missionaries spent every Sunday, without fail in church. Aaron's parents, while not religious, practiced a spirituality grounded in a multiplicity of faith. In our adult lives no organized religion really fits who we are spiritually. Our faith is in each other.
ARE THERE ANY CHALLENGES THAT YOUR FAMILY FACES THAT YOU FEEL ARE DISTINCT FROM OTHER FAMILIES?
Race is a big one. While out families have been loving and accepting, as Aaron often says the world intrudes. While we don't spend much time thinking about the ways we are different, the world won't let us forget. As we get ready to welcome our son we wonder what challenges he will face.
WHAT BRINGS GREAT JOY TO YOUR FAMILY?
Just being with each other. We were both divorced when we met and had bad relationship experiences. We feel everyday like our love is a miracle and that we are so fortunate to have finally found each other.
WHAT IS A WORD, QUOTE, PASSAGE, VERSE OR SAYING THAT DESCRIBES YOUR RELATIONSHIP?
Our relationship is a bridge, of us have stand on an opposite coast any longer.