John and Gary

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Hello from John and Gary!

We met in college in 2004 when we auditioned for the same singing group and got to know each other during rehearsals. Gary grew to love John’s selfless nature, and John grew to love Gary’s sense of humor. When we graduated, we moved to the West Coast to begin our lives together. We moved around a little bit (California, Oregon, Pennsylvania) and now live in a large city in Oregon, where we got married in 2013.

John is a first-generation American whose parents grew up in the Philippines. He was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, surrounded by extended family. He sang and played the violin in high school and continues to use his musical skills today, although mostly in the car or the shower. John works as a high-risk OB/GYN and enjoys helping women during their pregnancies.

Gary grew up in a small town in Michigan with a large family and spent most Sundays on his grandparents’ farm with his cousins, aunts, and uncles. He also studied piano and ran cross country in high school, something he still does for fun today. Gary started out his career as a fifth grade teacher and now serves as the assistant principal for an elementary school. He loves being a part of the learning process for kids (especially math!) and enjoys working with students’ families.

Over the past few years, we have begun to prepare for a family. We own a home that we love in a quiet neighborhood close to parks, a library, and an elementary school. Our child will grow up surrounded by the love and support of our friends and family. We look forward to the everyday activities that go along with being a family: homework help at the kitchen counter, making dinner together, making jams and pies from the fruit we have grown in our yard, and impromptu dance parties before bedtime.

We are excited to start this next phase in our lives. Thank you for reading our letter, and we look forward to getting to know you!
John and Gary

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