Huron Smiles February 2019

February 2019

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Our Grand Adventure Facing Life’s Surprises With My Husband

When I applied for dental school down in Texas, I never would have guessed I would one day run a practice in Huron, South Dakota. Life takes us on unexpected adventures, and you can never be certain where you’ll end up. The best you can hope for is to have someone to go on those adventures with. In that regard, I consider myself lucky because I have my amazing husband! Brad and I started dating in college. We met while attending the University of Texas in Austin. After an incredible first date where we went horseback riding and an equally outstanding second date — albeit one that had to be rescheduled twice — I knew Brad was a man I could count on to face life’s trials and joys with. We fell in love, got married, moved to Louisiana for a while, and ultimately moved back to Texas to raise our children. Talk about an adventure! You spend your life hearing about how parenthood is a wild ride, but you can’t understand what it’s like until you experience it for yourself. Raising our two boys has been an experience I’ll cherish forever. It was about as far from easy as you could get, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Brad and I have watched them grow from little kids with sticky hands and loose teeth to young men, with one starting law school and the other halfway through his junior year of college. Our boys are about the same age Brad and I were when we first met. It’s crazy to think about my sons entering the same stage of life I was in all those years ago. Of course, if they’re anything like their father, things will work out great for them. When we first started dating, Brad was always messing around on the computer. This was back in the 1980s, and I was convinced he needed to stop wasting time

with that fad and focus on a real job. Wouldn’t you know it, he grew up to be a real computer genius!

What I thought would be just a pastime ended up becoming

his whole career. He’s amazing at it, and his skill with computers allowed him to help provide for our family.

This wasn’t the only time Brad surprised me, and there have been many incredible moments throughout our marriage I never could have anticipated. But one thing that never surprised me was just how incredible our marriage has been. I knew right from the start that Brad was the guy I wanted to marry. From our first date on horseback, to the night he proposed on the San Antonio Riverwalk, to today, he’s never let me down. Once our boys were out of the house, I was ready to start a new adventure and travel more. Moving up to Huron was a big change, but I was always excited, because I knew Brad would be by my side every step of the way. Happy Valentine’s Day to my wonderful valentine. I am happy you are a part of my life, and I’m looking forward to our future adventures.

—Dr. Valerie Drake

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