Bill was a Firefighter/Paramedic. I was a 911 dispatcher and we both worked for the fire department at Walt Disney World. We fell in love under the fireworks of EPCOT, over Fish and Chips at Raglan Road, making silly faces in the photo booth at The Boardwalk, and Christmas at Cinderella's Castle.
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 and I said I wasn't ready. Bill proposed a third time as Santa Claus in the middle of a busy mall at Christmas time. He knew I could never say no to Santa! Three short months later on February 14th 2010 we said "I DO" as our closest friends and family surrounded us on Paradise Beach in Melbourne, Florida.
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 and 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 and I love Kettering, Ohio where I was born and raised! He loves the sun and I love the clouds. He loves to play guitar and I love to sing. We both love our dog, Jenny and we give our glory to God each day.
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!
"Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing." - 1 Peter 3:8-9
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.