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#tbt My favorite photo shoot EVER. Our kids are older now but their little faces in this picture are priceless.  Being a fire family is something that we cherish.  We strive to live by some of the core rules of the fire service in our house.  Rᴇsᴘᴇᴄᴛ. Iɴᴛᴇɢʀɪᴛʏ. 

Tʀᴜsᴛ. 

Dᴜᴛʏ ᴛᴏ sᴇʀᴠᴇ ᴏᴛʜᴇʀs.

As soon as the girls were old enough to understand, we laid the foundation to be respectful to others, stay humbled and true to yourself, trust your gut, and serve others. We aren’t overly religious, but we believe in God and have faith.  It’s so important to us that our family stays grounded and centered.


My favorite thing is to have dinner together as much as possible. We keep an open dialogue and tend to have some very deep discussions about life. It’s hard to sugar coat real life when you have a Firefighter and a Marine in your family. A typical dinner often includes a disgusting call dad went on or a deep (and sometimes heated) discussion about politics. We play suck and sweet at the end of the meal. The”suck” part of our day, and the “sweet” part. It’s a great way to stay connected and hear about everyone’s day.

We volunteer in our community and help others as much as we can. Keeping our girls present in the community reminds us that there are others that need us, and it helps the girls understand that sometimes daddy is needed more at work and that’s ok.  We tweak the rules as needed and adjust accordingly depending on situations that arise but the core remains the same.  We TRY to keep an open mind as much as possible, but we’re still parents and “unfair” at times. Just ask our teen and tween!

What defines your family core? 


How do you think the fire service has shaped your family?



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