This story starts sixteen years ago. 

Two kids, stumbling through their first year of college, found each other. Elora kept running. Russell kept pursuing. She wondered how he could pass their Psychology class when he never showed and he wondered what she saw in that Oklahoma boy who stayed a night in his dorm room (loser). 

They danced around the obvious for three years before finally finding themselves spending hours on AOL instant messenger, Elora copying and pasting every single thing he said to later dissect with her best friends. 

"We like him," they would say. "He makes you smile again." 

She liked him too. A lot. 

He bought her a ring three weeks after they started dating.

They got engaged two months later, but didn't make it official until six months after that.

Getting to know us means getting to know that our story is full of sharp lefts. 

  • An adoption that's lasted longer than we ever anticipated. 
  • Living in three apartments our first year of marriage.
  • Navigating friendships  
  • Allowing ourselves vulnerability within community
  • Last minute travel that ended up changing our world--view. 
  • Starting over, again and again, because where-we-were-at is not where-we-need-to-be

Our decisions always hold a hint of misadventure — but we wouldn't have it any other way. There is a beauty in the unexpected that we savor time and time again. Even when the misadventure stings a bit. 

We do not have the answers, but we do want you to know that you are not alone. Sometimes life doesn't go the way you planned. And what happens then? What happens when the world falls out from underneath you and all you're left with is the ashes of a dream or hope?

Here's what we know: those detours can be beautiful. The misadventures hold a brilliance all their own. This is what we choose to celebrate, and we're inviting you along for the ride.