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TNF: Tell me about your family. Are you married? Do you have kids?
COURTNEY: My name is Courtney and my wife, Korinne, and I have been together a little over 5 years. We currently reside in Washington State but my wife serves in the U.S. Navy so our time here will be up soon! We have one daughter who just turned 2! Korinne has served 13 years in the United States Navy and I could not be more proud of her. Korinne and I have known that we wanted a family since very early on in our relationship. We began with a known donor when we were still stationed in Florida but we did not have any luck. Once we moved and got settled in Washington we began trying again with no luck. We decided to switch gears and have me be the one to carry but I had no luck. At this time we started talking about foster/adopting. I was adopted by my father so it always held a special place in my heart. We looked around and decided to go with a private agency in the area and it was the best choice we’ve ever made.
TNF: How many kids do you have?
COURTNEY: We have one daughter who turned 2 in August. We became foster parents in December of 2013. We started the process in September of that year and on December 17th I got an email that our paperwork was being submitted to the state. Since we were going into the holiday season I figured that we wouldn’t hear anything until late into January. Two days later (December 19th) we received a call stating that there had been an emergency situation and a child needed to be moved that day. The case manager said “if the licenser can push your paperwork through TODAY, can you take her home?” Of course we said yes and 6 hours later we drove to the agency to get her. Six months later we adopted!
TNF: How did you meet your wife? What do your children call you?
COURTNEY: My wife and I met in the summer of 2009 in Pensacola, Florida. I was born and raised not too far from there in Alabama and she was stationed in Florida at the time. We were engaged by 2010 and then moved across the country to Washington state in early 2012. My wife deployed later that year and when she returned in 2013 we were married that August. After our wedding DOMA was repealed and I was finally able to be recognized as a military spouse.
We are working on having our children call us Mom and Momma but both of us are becoming Momma very quickly. She knows which one she wants because sometimes she will say “Momma”, I will answer but she continues repeating it until Korinne answers her!
TNF: Do you feel different from other families?
COURTNEY: Not at all. Our daughter’s story is very heartbreaking and tragic, like most foster children, but we have given her a home where two people love her. We would do absolutely anything for her. She is what helped us become a family and for that I am forever grateful. Everyone has been extremely supportive. She is enrolled in daycare on base and we are treated just like any other couple. I picked her up last week and the teacher asked “Is her Mom gone right now?”. That to me was a huge moment especially for a military couple when everywhere I go someone asks me what my husband does.
TNF: Where do you live? Is it tough being a gay couple where you live?
COURTNEY: We are currently living in Washington state and it is the best thing that has ever happened to us. Upon moving here marriage equality had not yet been established but quickly went up for a vote. It was passed and the repeal on DOMA quickly followed. We have been so lucky to have lived here during this time. No one batted an eye when we began looking into foster care and everyone has been so supportive.
TNF: What has having a family meant to you?
COURTNEY: It has completely changed my life. I always knew I wanted a family but I never knew how much of an impact it would have on my life. Our daughter has completely fit right in without a blink of an eye. It is incredible how I never thought my heart could hold anymore love than it already does. The most amazing thing is seeing how wonderful of a mother my wife has become. I will never be able to describe what it feels like to watch her with our daughter. The bond they share is untouchable and I am so blessed that this child is now in a loving home.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful family with us!