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Our first date! John and I became the Pfaender family on December 30, 2000. I am very excited about the new adventure that is before us as a new family. With God in the mighty heavens looking down upon us our family will have no limits to how far we can go. We have plans to move to Nashville, TN after my graduation at VSU. John will pursue a degree in music business at Middle Tennessee State University while I pursue my career. John is beginning his music career here in Valdosta with his booking agency, Barefoot Booking Agency. John is really excited about starting this business and helping out many local bands who have a desire to play music. I am excited about the direction that Christ is taking John in his dreams and where those dreams will take us as a family.
It is like looking into a mirror!

My sister is the one person who has stuck beside me through everything. Being a twin has got to be one of the most wonderful experiences in my life. We share our thoughts together and tears together. When Gina hurts, I hurt. However, because we look alike doesn't mean that we are alike. Gina and I are as different as night and day. Gina is the spontaneous one who laughs at everything.  Also, it is hard for her to communicate about her feelings therefore, she normally keeps them bottled inside. I, on the other hand, am majoring in communication and love to talk. I love my sister to death and she will always have a piece of my heart that no one can take away. Gina is currently attending Georgia Southwestern in Americus, GA and she is getting a degree in Early Childhood Education. She has always dreamed of being a teacher and her dreams are coming true. My sister is proof that it is up to you to make something of your life.

Mommy and Daddy

My mom and dad are the very best parents anyone can have.  They raised Gina and I in a home filled with love and laughter and a great foundation in Jesus Christ.  My mom has been a secretary at Christ United Methodist Church since we were babies.She loves her job because being a secretary has also been her lifelong desire.  My dad works at Carlton Company in Albany, GA. He is the credit manager and co-Vice-President.  Both of my parents taught Gina and I that the most important thing to remember in life is to be true to yourself and to Christ.  If we keep our Savior in charge of our lives then all the other blessings will find their place. My dad loves to play golf and if he is not at work he is either playing golf, talking about golf, or watching golf at home. My mother loves to spend time with her baby girls and she also loves to read.  I love you mom and dad!

I love the Pfaenders!

I love my new Pfaender family.  John grew up in a military family and they have traveled the world around.  He spent a lot of time with his sister Carrie, seated at the far right of the couch in th blue shirt, and his mother who is right beside her. They were both home schooled growing up.  Carrie now attends Carson Newman College in Tennessee and is majoring in Psychology.  John's parents just made a big move to Nashville, TN.  His father, Mr. Bill got into the Chick-fil-a business when he retired from the military.  For the past 3 years, Mr. Bill has been the owner/operator of a store in Ashville, NC.  He was offered a new Chick-fil-a store in Franklin, TN and decided to take this wonderful opportunity.  I know that in the many years to come I will enjoy spending more time with my new family and learning from them all. If you click on the picture it will take you to the Chick-fil-a website.  There is a lot of wonderful information to learn about this growing company.

How John and I met:
John and his family moved to Albany, GA our junior year in highschool. During our senior year in highschool, we started to hang out with the same group of friends. In our school, your group of friends included girls and guys and everyone did everything together. John was dating someone and of course I was dating my sports. We went on our senior mission trip to Honduras and had a great time with each other. I noticed that John was behaving differently to me and I liked it because there was some flirting going on. We got back and he broke up with his girlfriend. Later that month, he asked me to our senior party and on my first date. That was the beginning of a beautiful relationship.

Graduation Day!
Our highschool gang! John is in the middle and I am on the right.
 

How John proposed:
It was February 1, 2000. We had been talking about getting engaged but I was totally not expecting it on this day. I lived in the dorms and John came by my room after class. He said that he was having some problems with his homework and would like for me to help him. I told him I had homework to do and I didn't mind. We went to his apartment because he said he left his book at home. I talked the whole way about my day and bible study and everything else. When we pulled up to his apartment, there was a sign on the door that said follow the candles. I opened the door and there were little candles on the floor, going up the stairs, and leading to his bedroom. His algebra book was laying on the bed with rose petals and candles sprinkled all over them. There was a little married couple figurine on top of the book as well. He got down on one knee and said that the best birthday present I could give him was to say yes. His birthday was the day before. I did and then we danced to the song "Can't take my Eyes off of you." It was from our first date together. I cried a little.

We're in love!
         Our engagement picture!

Our wedding day:
We got married on December 30, 2000. There is not much I can say about that day except for that it was perfect. I was not nervous or scared but just at a very relaxing peace about the day. I had a smaller intimate wedding and really enjoyed all my family and friends sharing the day with me. I love being married to John and knowing that we have the rest of our lives to learn about each other and grow with each other.

Oh happy day!
        Our wedding day with my family!