Elder Care Firm February 2018

Plan. Protect. Preserve.

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My son, Ryan, recently competed in the Pinewood Derby. His car, designed to look like a checkered flag, performed pretty impressively. It made it to the end of every race, and we were able to take it home in one piece. Most importantly, it gave Ryan a lot of joy. Ryan isn’t quite old enough to use power tools on his own, so you might think that I spent a few weekend days helping him make his car. In fact, it wasn’t me who provided the most assistance. It was my wife, Rochelle. Ryan should be thankful for that, as Rochelle is way handier than I am. She’s built a kitty door for our house and takes on projects all the time. The only thing I do is change out lightbulbs, which is maybe the only task where height matters more than skill.

Watching Ryan enjoy the Pinewood Derby was just another reminder among many of how lucky I am to be married to Rochelle. Given that Valentine’s Day is this month, I figured it would be fitting to take some time to pay tribute to my wife. She’s the glue that holds our family together, an incredible mother, and has the best attitude of anyone I’ve ever met. From the moment I met her, I knew that we had a very bright future together. I still vividly remember walking through the door at Bar Louie. I spotted Rochelle and was immediately taken aback. She was even more beautiful than I had expected! We sat down, ordered a couple of drinks, and got to talking. I had to be up at 4 a.m. the next day, so I planned for an early night. Well, we stayed out until 11. The thought of having to get up early disappeared from my mind. In addition to her skills with power tools, Rochelle is quite the artist. She regularly paints, and her work never fails to impress me. We’re both fitness nuts — she provides me that little extra motivation when I feel like skipping a jiu-jitsu class. Her independence, kindness, and creativity inspire me to do my best in all aspects of my life. Our life together has been amazing from our first date, and I’m excited to see what our future holds. This year, we’ll be taking a trip to Santa Monica together, something we’ve always wanted to do. Once we cross California off of our destination bucket list, our next goal will be taking a vacation to Hungary. Rochelle’s family is 100 percent Hungarian, so it’s a country she’s always wanted to visit. Here’s hoping we can make that dream a reality soon.

Our spouses are one of the primary reasons to develop a comprehensive estate plan. If something were ever to happen to me, I’d want Rochelle to take care of me, and vice versa. There’s not a day that goes by when I don’t think about how grateful I am to Rochelle. She’s made me a better person, and we’ve had more than our fair share of incredible moments. Best of all, I have a feeling that we’re just getting started. – Christopher J. Berry

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