Meet our family

Susan, Fiona, and Dustin on the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island ferry with Lower Manhattan in the background, 31 December 2011.
Susan, Fiona, and Dustin on the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island ferry with Lower Manhattan in the background, 31 December 2011.

Meet Susan | Meet Dustin | Meet Fiona | Meet Colin | Meet Heath

Our family began on 29 February 2008. That was the day Susan and Dustin were married for time and eternity in the Manhattan New York Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Yes, we got married on Leap Day. And no, it’s not just so Dustin only has to remember our anniversary every four years. [Note 1]

Susan and Dustin met in Washington, D.C., a city that will forever hold a special place in our hearts. Not only is it where we began our lives together, but it’s also where Fiona joined our family in summer 2010.

We lived in Washington until 2011. By then we had both lived in D.C. for about five years—we happened to move there at about the same time, and we even started our jobs in D.C. on the exact same day, 14 August 2006, even though we didn’t know each other at the time. We’re the kind of people who think that the world is a really big place and that five years is about enough time to live in any one city. So, after pursuing several opportunities, one fell into place, and on 1 September 2011 we boarded a train at Washington Union Station and moved to New York City. And here we are today.

We are grateful to live in a place as beautiful and vibrant as New York. We never tire of the glint of the setting sun reflected in the steel spire of the Chrysler Building or the summit of the Empire State Building bathed in white light at night, a commanding but comforting figure that seems to be watching over us. We love exploring New York’s streets and avenues, getting lost amid tree-lined blocks and stately brownstones. We are still thrilled riding underground and aboveground on the subway, feeling the wind on our face as we ride the Staten Island Ferry across the harbor, or seeing the city as if for the first time from the Queensboro Bridge or the Roosevelt Island Tram that runs alongside it. At the end of every day, we are thankful that we can come back to our cozy, safe, beautiful apartment.

We are where we want to be. And, most importantly, we are here together.


“The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty in the world.”

Nick Carraway in The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald


On the pages of our magazine and our website, you’ll learn what we are most interested in. We believe in living simply, in always remaining curious about the world around us, and in trying to create instead of just consume. We don’t have a TV, but we do have a few favorite TV shows (which we watch online), and our Friday evening tradition is homemade pizza and a movie (usually borrowed from the public library). One of our most prized possessions is the large bookcase filled with books that dominates our living room. We enjoy traveling—especially by train—and getting to know new cities, places, and people. We are humbled by the incredible beauty of the earth and we believe that we have a stewardship to protect it; that’s one reason we live in a place where most things we need are within walking distance, and if not, we can hop on a train, a bus, or our bikes to get there. (No, we don’t have a car either.)

We are also members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Our faith plays a big role in our life. We believe that all people are children of God and deserve to be treated with kindness, equality, dignity, and respect. And we believe that as we work to strengthen our family we are building something that will not just last for this life but for eternity.

And we’re very pleased to meet you.


NOTE

  1. Yes, we celebrate our anniversary every year. Our tradition is that we have a small, family celebration on 28 February and 1 March in non-leap years. When our actual anniversary—and Leap Day—rolls around every four years, we have a big party with friends, complete with a new—albeit homemade—wedding cake whose top tier we save for a year to eat on the next anniversary.

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