Liz and Sarah met at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, while sitting next to one another in sorority meetings. Having the same first letter in their last names paired these two up quite easily while lining up for classes, and love paired them up for over 6 years. On July 15th, 2012, the two shared in a breathtaking commitment ceremony at Tree House Point in Seattle, and then they legally married on January 6th, 2013, at Wayside United Church of Christ.
Both originally from Texas, Liz and Sarah have been through one deployment to Afghanistan and recently PCS’d to New Orleans for Liz’s job. Liz is a CPT in the Army Nurse Corps, but has a special assignment for the next 2 years recruiting nurses and physicians for the Army. Sarah runs her own photography business called “Uniquely Normal Photography.”
Recently, they have both started the adoption process with Lifelong Adoptions, which is LGBT friendly, looking forward to the opportunity to be parents. With a new marriage and new life ahead of them, Sarah and Liz are grateful for their footprints in this moment of history.
“We are so excited about the repeal of DOMA, as Sarah is now recognized fully as my spouse and dependent. AMPA is a place full of people just like us that have been through unsupported deployments and discrimination and come out stronger for it. It’s a place now to celebrate with those same people.”
Liz appreciates Sarah’s faith in her and the combination of selflessness, loyalty, and easy going temperament which rounds out an awesome Army spouse. While Sarah works part time on her business, this decision allows the two of them to share more time with each other doing what they love doing. Recently, they discovered the sport of cycling as a great outdoor activity they could both be passionate about.
Liz reveals that her deployment to Afghanistan was quite a rough one for the two of them, but offers advice into how to get through it for newer spouses:
“My advice for anyone going through their first deployment: Be honest and open about your same sex spouse at home from the beginning, people can only be supportive if given the chance. Talk as often as you can. Spouses left at home, surround yourself with people, even when you feel like being alone.”