My Name is David, and our story began in Ardmore in October 1992. I was a single father of three girls.


My Name is David, and our story began in Ardmore in October 1992. I was a single father of three girls.

 

Some friends introduced me to Stacey, who was a single mother of two. We met and begin to date, although it was rather hard with five children. My children are Naomi, who was 14; Nikki, who was 9; and Jessica, who was 6. Stacey had Chris, who was 5; and Jennifer, who was 9 months old.

 

We discussed our future and we both wanted to go to college. In the spring of 1993, we both enrolled in college through Murray State at the Ardmore Higher Education Center.

 

When it was time to graduate, we decided to get married. I mentioned to her that it sure would be neat to get married in class. We asked our professor, who in turn asked the dean of the college.

 

We were married in the Marriage and Family Relationship class. It was covered by The Daily Ardmoreite (05-01-1994, page 1B). The entire class was told to dress for a special guest, and we were married by the Rev. Gene Cormier in the class.

 

We had four newspapers, and two television stations there, but, unfortunately, this was the night that the big tornado hit Ardmore. Only one reporter from the Ardmoreite decided to stay for our ceremony.

 

The next spring, Stacey, the five children, and I moved to Ada to continue with our education. In 1994, Stacey and I both graduated with our Bachelor of Arts in Counseling from East Central University.

 

We started our careers as drug-and-alcohol counselors in west Texas. I legally adopted Chris and Jennifer, and now our blended family was complete. Like most marriages, we have had our ups and downs, but our one constant is our love for each other.

 

As our youngest is now in her second semester of college, Stacey and I are beginning a new chapter in our lives. We hope to be able to spend time with our children, and three (with one the way) grandchildren. This year, we will celebrate our 17th year together.