I am Jess. I am awful at these things. I grew up in Maine, went away to college and got a job after graduation that kept me from returning home. While I was starting my first career, I decided to return to school and get my Masters in Special Education. While in grad school, I started waitressing again...enter Chad.
Chad was born and raised in Illinois and Virginia. He went to the Culinary Institute of America and proceeded to help design, open and operate restaurants up and down the east coast. He won awards and cooked for celebrities and politicians. He got offered a position at a 5-star restaurant in his hometown where I was living after graduation...enter me.
Chad and I met in 2008. He was separated with two daughters, Peyton and Mica.
Chad and I started dating in 2010. We moved to Maryland together in April 2011 and to Maine in November 2011...when I was just 4 weeks pregnant! We decided that the restaurant life was no longer for us and that family was #1 on our list. It was pretty good timing, if I do say so myself!
Cameron was born on July 1, 2012, after an extremely scary labor and delivery, but everyone has been healthy and happy ever since.
July 1, 2015
Louise was born on May 27, 2015, eleven days late. Her birth story is not nearly as long as Cameron's, and I am so thankful for that.
We call ourselves a modern family: step-daughters in Holland, two kids together and my mom living in the same house...wild, crazy and full of love!
Our Wedding Day: July 15, 2014
July 24, 2015
South Portland, Maine
My loves: Cameron (3 years), Louise (2 months)