Bill was a Firefighter/Paramedic. I was a 911 officer. We met at the fire department at Walt Disney World. We fell in love under the fireworks of EPCOT, over Fish and Chips at Raglan Road Irish Pub, in the photo booth at The Boardwalk Resort, holding hands at the Tree of Life and Christmas at the Buena Vista Palace.
Bill proposed for the first time on bended knee at a 7-11 while I pumped gas. He said he couldn't wait another second. I told him to stop playing and get up. Bill proposed a second time on his 32nd birthday, February 19th 2008. I said I wasn't ready. Bill proposed a third time on our first cruise together. I told him it was too soon. Bill proposed a fourth time as he slow danced with me in the middle of EPCOT. I said I was scared. Bill proposed a fifth time as Santa Claus, I finally said yes. We were married on Paradise Beach surrounded by those we love most on February 14th 2010.
We love our life. We love Thirteenth Moon. We love pictures. We love odd and unique things. We love people. We love Christmas. We appreciate senseless humor. Bill cooks every day. I vacuum every day. We love fresh air. Bill loves chocolate. I prefer vanilla. We love to travel but never go very far. Bill loves Orlando, Florida. He was born there. I love Kettering, Ohio. I was born there. He loves the sun and I love the clouds. He loves to play guitar and I love to sing. We both love Jenny, our dog and going to church on Monday nights!
You will very rarely see us without the other quite near. We are salt and pepper, peanut butter and jelly, thunder and lighting, Mickey and Minnie. We want to be wedding photographers together until we're too old and tired to pick up our cameras anymore. Then, we'll settle down and starting watching life instead of catching it. Until then...it's going to be an incredible ride!
“We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” Dr. Seuss
"There is no more lovely, friendly, and charming relationship, communion, or company than a good marriage." Martin Luther
We are often asked, "Why is your business named Thirteenth Moon?". Though we're a mix up of different cultures (like most Americans now) from Jewish and Italian (Bill) and German with a wee bit o' Scottish (me - Rachel) our common ancestry lies in our Cherokee roots! Bill and I were both raised with much spiritualism and teachings from the Native side of our families and we still honor and keep those traditions very near to our heart, home and business. It is a major part of our lives together as husband and wife and we base our lives on The Good Medicine and The Red Road.
Our belief teaches us that the Thirteenth Moon heralds change. It is the moon that brings times of transition and new opportunity. When one is under the influence of the Thirteenth Moon, they are in a time of transition, a time of questioning everything they might have previously believed, a time of experiencing deep and lasting change on some or all levels of their being. When under the influence of the Thirteenth Moon, it is a good time to seek new vision, new ways of being, feeling, thinking, and doing.
Our life seems to be an everlasting Thirteenth Moon phase since beginning this journey as business owners together in 2008. We continue to grow and transition everyday and count our lucky stars for where we are together.