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Keri + Ann

(c) Catalina Kulczar, 2014

(c) Catalina Kulczar, 2014

There must be a deeper story here, because when Keri and Ann are asked to share how they met, they laugh (perhaps a little too heartily), and Keri asks Ann to tell the “modified version”. And so, the modified version goes something like this: the two women met at Ranch Hill (a bar!, Ann offers up, almost apologetically) in January 2008, and in December 2008, while Keri was in Singapore on business, Ann got a bunch of friends together and moved Keri in to her house.

So, while jokes can be (and were!) made about U-Hauls, Keri and Ann knew they had both found the one for them, and didn’t waste another moment. What followed next wasn’t a discussion about marriage, but about kids: both women wanted children and thus began rounds of IUI, and finally, IVF the fourth time. Ann became pregnant with twins Harper and Holden, both of whom exhibit the gift of perfect timing, as they adorably bellow out “yay!” when Keri first mentions them.

In the middle of it all, Keri and Ann actually did get married back in 2010, with a big ceremony and everything. Like the story of how they met, there’s a deeper story here: it wasn’t legal, but they consider it their special moment, and all that’s left is the paperwork. In every other regard, they’re already family.