Monday, June 4, 2012

Matchmaker Matchmaker, Make me a Match!

A Match Made in Heaven!
Afua & Todd met upstate New York at SUNY Oswego in February of 1996. They were introduced to each other by Todd’s fraternity brother Yorick who informed Afua that she had a secret admirer that wanted to meet her.  So, Yorick arranged for Afua and her girlfriend, Velda to meet him and Todd in his dorm. It was an interesting meeting to say the least.  Afua was a Freshman and Todd was a Junior.  They didn’t start dating until Afua’s Sophomore year in September of 1996.  Over the summer break, they kept in touch via phone and would occasionally go out on dates.  When the two got back to school in fall of 1996, they began dating exclusively.
Afua remembers vividly that it was her senior year in college when she realized that Todd was the one.  They were on winter break and Todd had organized a surprised 21st birthday at her mom’s home.  She felt like the happiest girl in the world because he had orchestrated this event with her family and friends to show his love for her.  It was then, she felt God had put Todd in her life for a purpose and that was to be her husband.
After college, Afua moved to Pennsylvania to attend Temple University’s MBA program and had to deal with a long distance relationship away from Todd.  The couple would try to see each other as frequently as possible but working and going to school full time made it difficult.  They managed to persevere through the distance and support each other in their educational and career endeavors.  In the summer of 2000, Todd relocated to his company’s office in Pennsylvania so that they could be close.
In April of 2004 Todd proposed during the walk-thru of their first home purchase in Pennsylvania.  Afua was surprised and didn’t know that Todd along with his mom had met with her Dad, Mom and older brother to ask for her hand in marriage.  With Afua’s Ghanaian roots, it was customary to get the blessing of the bride-to-be’s parents and siblings.  During their engagement, they would attend church frequently and formed a great bond with the church family in Bensalem, PA. It was then that Todd decided to get baptized and become a faithful member of the church.
On August 21, 2005, on a hot summer day at Pines Manor in Edison, New Jersey, before God, family and friends, they were united as man and wife in a beautiful ceremony.
In August 2012, they will be married for 7 years and have been together for almost 16 years. All thanks to Todd’s fraternity brother, Yorick.
Afua and Todd have 2 children together, Michael Jayden (who is 4 years old) and Joelle Madelynn (who will be 1 year old in June).  They also have Taylor and Quincy from Todd’s previous relationship who live in Richmond, VA.
Their marriage mantra is to keep God first and everything will follow.  It’s important to have something other than just yourselves that you believe in and can turn to in difficult times. They pray together, go to church together regularly and make sure to give thanks to God through their church all the time.  The couple advises young families to always make time for each other.  In the busy life of work and family, couples tend to lose sight of the things that made them fall in love with each other.  So, be sure to make date nights a priority in your marriage.
Todd was born in Harlem, NY but raised in Spring Valley, Rockland County.  Afua was born in Accra, Ghana (West Africa) and raised until age 8 ½ when she came to New York with her parents and grandmother.  Todd is aProject Manager/Lead for pharmaceutical firm. Afua is a Business Analysis Manager for an insurance firm.

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