Sometimes true love can triumph against other odds.
For Josh and Deanna Heck, their love persisted through both time and distance. Although meeting in the 4th grade, it wasn’t until senior year of high school that they decided to date.
On their first date, it wasn’t just the deep-dish pizza at Edwardo’s that they enjoyed. But it was each other’s company that they enjoyed supremely.
Afterwards, the two went on to endure different college experiences: Deanna at University of Minnesota and Texas for Josh to play baseball. However, when Josh returned home, he was ecstatic to reunite with Deanna, quickly moving into together and marrying in 1998.
Since marrying, the couple has spent wonderful times together, also getting the opportunity to share these precious moments with their two kids, Ryley and Teagan. Together, they love supporting Ryley at her swim events and Teagan at his baseball games.
For Josh, watching Deanna be a wonderful mother each and every day inspires him beyond belief. Always putting the kids before herself, she makes sure that their clothes and sports equipment are available before tending to her own duties.
As a mother, she continuously teaches the kids how to be good, responsible people, Josh said.
Her gracious impact on the world is what motivates Josh to become a better man. “She always teaches me that it’s much easier to be kind,” he said. “She tells me to look at the big picture and control the things that I can control.”
Deanna’s ability to keep a level head is what Josh admires greatly about her. “She never gets too high or too low. She keeps everything in perspective,” Josh said.
Her kind-hearted spirit and amiable demeanor are recognized by everyone that Deanna comes into contact with. As a good listener and superb problem solver, Deanna is profoundly respected by her peers both at work and in life.
Without her, Josh believes the world would be a bit dimmer and more chaotic. That’s because Deanna is a person that brightens up the lives of others and leaves an unforgettable impression.
For Josh and their kids, Deanna means absolutely everything. Even with Ryley and Teagan getting older and forming their own lives, Deanna never fails to show up for them to offer advice.
For this, they hope to show her how much they all love her. “She means everything. Without her, I would not have this great life with two great kids,” Josh said.