Brad and Jessica met in December of 2011 while in the Army attending a single soldiers retreat put on by their Chaplain. During dinner with friends, Jessica was struggling with cracking her crab legs but refused Brad’s help until he told her “Swallow your damn pride and let me help you!”. They have been inseparable ever since, getting married by their Chaplain on March 16th, 2012.
In 2013 they decided that they both would deploy once again. After getting back from their deployment they started looking into having a child and were told they could not conceive naturally. They were urged to look into conceiving via IVF. So, $10,000 later and a few months down the road; Jessica found out she was pregnant on Thanksgiving of 2013.
She was considered a high risk pregnancy and ended up hospitalized at 20 weeks for nearly three months. Then, at almost 32 weeks, Jessica gave birth to their first son, Tanner on June 11th, 2014. 21 hours later on June 12th, 2014, Tanner gained his wings and went to heaven. During their healing, Brad and Jessica decided to move to Texas at the end of 2014.
Jessica was honorably discharged by the Army in the beginning of 2015, and Brad at the beginning of 2016. They ended up in the Houston area, where Brad had landed a job. Shortly after getting settled, they received a call from Child Protective Services because they had heard the Fiefs would be interested in adopting. Without any doubt, they said yes, and Taylor began living with them in December 2016. Now... Surprise! Jessica found out she was pregnant on Mother’s Day 2017.
Throughout that summer they were watching the Atlantic very closely, knowing it was a very active hurricane season and they were close to the water. Jessica heard about Harvey not long after it was named and she knew this was the one that would affect them (Mind you this is still over a week in a half before landfall). They prepared as much as possible, packing as much into their RV as they could. The day it made landfall (August 25th, 2017) they got everything they could and left their home and the rest of their belongings behind, not knowing what they would come back to. They evacuated to the Texas/Oklahoma border at Lake Texoma. This was the closest place to home they could find that didn't show rain in the forecast. They stayed there for about a week, watching their home be flooded from their ring doorbell camera until their power was out...
After the storm finally moved on and the water receded at their home, they went back... the only thing was, this “home” was hardly the home they had left behind. The house was a complete disaster with their possessions and debris littered everywhere. The smell was so horrific they will never forget it. But, they couldn’t just stand there, so Brad and PREGNANT Jessica, along with a few volunteers, gutted their entire house and hauled all their possessions to the curb as trash.
After things started getting back to “normal” (while living in their RV in the driveway) they didn’t give up on Taylor and officially adopted their daughter on November 20th, 2017! Shortly after this was finalized, Jessica gave birth to their son Elijah on January 15th, 2018.
Unfortunately, the story doesn’t end here. Ever since Hurricane Harvey, they have been battling with their insurance companies, trying get enough money for the repairs, only to be met with small sums of money that do not amount to the damages. They have tried meeting with lawyers to look at options, only to be turned away. That’s not all... it was then discovered that the RV that Brad, Jessica, and their two children have been living in, had mold in it which was causing their kids to constantly get sick. Knowing they would not be back in their home anytime soon, they had to go out and get a different RV, clean all of their belongings throughly and move into the RV without mold.
Here we are in current day, out of money, a lot of work to do and trying to raise a family, living in the driveway of the home you hoped to raise them in. Please consider donating or offering assistance in any way possible.
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