They met in person for the first time at a concert in London, Ontario, Canada. Born and raised near Pittsburgh, PA (Go Steelers!), Jen was shocked to find out there was a London in Canada. Born and raised in Toronto, ON (Go
And, thus a romance was born.
They started dating (long-distance) in 2001 and took turns traveling to see each other. Jen drove the six hours of highway first in her Geo Metro then in her Ford Escort, a car that she loved. RIP silver Ford Escort. Allison made the 12 hour trip by Greyhound bus, which she did not love, but which has given her great stories. RIP Greyhound bus that caught on fire.*
Canada granted gays the right to marry in 2005 and in 2006 Jen and Allison tied the knot. Twice actually, but that's a story for another day.
In 2007, Jen's immigration application was approved (yay!) and she finally moved to the land of beavers, poutine, and her wife. That's right, they dated long distance for seven years and were married for one year before living together. That's just how they roll.
In 2009 they started work on bakin' a baby and in 2011 The Bean was born. In 2012 they decided it was time to try for a second little one. Sprout joined them before the end of the year. You can read the timeline here.
* This wasn't the actual bus that Allison was on, but how crazy that there's a picture of ANOTHER Greyhound bus on fire?