Bill was a Firefighter/Paramedic and I was in Emergency Management. We both worked for the fire department at Walt Disney World. It was on one of our first coffee dates when Bill said, "if you could do anything in the world for a living, what would it be?" my reply was "be a photographer". My mom was a landscape photographer my whole life and I grew up with a camera in my hand. I worked in studios through college and even studied it in school, but had always been scared to pursue it as a living. Our relationship continued to grow. We fell in love under the fireworks at EPCOT, hiking in the Smoky Mountains, drifting down the Wekiva River on inner tubes, wandering corn mazes in Ohio and Christmas at the Magic Kingdom. One morning Bill came home and handed me a large box, inside was a professional camera. I said, "what did you do?" His reply was simply, "Consider me your biggest investor" and the rest is history!
Bill proposed for the first time on bended knee at a 7-11 while I pumped gas. He said he couldn't wait another second. I told him to stop playing and get up. Bill proposed a second time on his birthday, I said I wasn't ready. Bill proposed a third time as Santa Claus in the middle of a busy mall at Christmas time. He knew I could never say no to Santa! Three short months later on a very chilly Valentine's Day we said "I DO". Then, in 2014 our hearts grew again and our lives expanded even more when our biggest dream came true and our son was born.
We love Christmas and Walt Disney World, peace and quiet. Coffee, our RV, hiking, and Netflix! We appreciate senseless humor and fresh air. Bill loves chocolate. I prefer vanilla. We love to travel but never go very far. I'm too much of a homebody, but that's why our RV is perfect for our crazy adventures. He loves the sun and I love the clouds. He loves to play guitar and I love to sing. He's partial to Orlando, Florida (where he was born and raised) and I'll always love Kettering, Ohio (where I was born and raised). He enjoys summer but I live for winter! Thank goodness we've found our little piece of heaven in Ramseur North Carolina, with just enough land for a barn, pond, the biggest Pines I've ever seen, Dogwoods, grapevines, Crepe Myrtles and hopefully one day a few more four legged animals. Right now, it's just our Labrador-corgi, Jenny (who is my heart and soul on four legs). Everything to us in this world is all rooted in being together as a team, as Walt's mama and daddy, laughing as much as we can, letting the hard stuff roll off our backs, working hard and giving our glory to God each day.
"Let all you do be done in love." - 1 Corinthians 16:14
We are often asked, "Why is your business named Thirteenth Moon?". Though we're a mix up of different cultures (like most Americans now) from Jewish and Italian (Bill) and German (me - Rachel) our common ancestry lies in our Cherokee roots! Bill and I were both raised with much spiritualism and teachings from the Native side of our families and we still honor and keep those traditions very near to our heart, home and business. It is a major part of our lives together as husband and wife and we base our lives on The Good Medicine and The Red Road.
Our belief teaches us that the Thirteenth Moon heralds change. It is the moon that brings times of transition and new opportunity. When one is under the influence of the Thirteenth Moon, they are in a time of transition, a time of questioning everything they might have previously believed, a time of experiencing deep and lasting change on some or all levels of their being. When under the influence of the Thirteenth Moon, it is a good time to seek new vision, new ways of being, feeling, thinking, and doing.
Our life seems to be an everlasting Thirteenth Moon phase since beginning this journey as business owners together in 2008. We continue to grow and transition everyday and count our lucky stars for where we are together.