January 31, 2004 at 4:37 PM EST - Updated June 26 at 2:14 AM
My name is LeeAnn Maggie Craft. I'm married to the
best man on earth, Stephen Allen Craft. Steve and I
meet at Planet Ocean Scuba. I was taking an beginners
SCUBA diving class and Steve was working on his Master
Divers Certification and helping the store owner to
organize a Relay For Life Benefit there at Planet
Ocean. His wife of 20 years had died from recurring
breast cancer 2 years earlier. It was love at first
sight but neither of us was going to admit that. We
finally confessed our love for each other in Dec of
2000 and were married May 12, 2001. Steve's 2 sons
were his best men. God brought us together at just
the right time to be each other support for the coming
trials and joys in our lives.
We have survived more in our 3 years together than
some other people live in a decade. Two months after
we were married Steve's oldest son was in a near fatal motorcycle accident. Tim spent a month in ICU at the Medical Center, many months at Shepherd's Rehab in Atlanta and has made a miraculous recovery.
We had many adventures SCUBA diving in Bonaire, NA.
My health problems kept us from many more trips. I
suffer from chronic back pain from an old injury,
asthma, and until recently chronic migraines, sinus
and respiratory infections from impacted sinuses. My
love of horses landed me in a pickle in March of 2002
I was thrown from my horse. I was pretty banged up
with 2 cracked ribs, a concussion and 30 stitches to
sew my right ear back together. Through all of this
Steve took care of me and loved me more each day.
Steve and I had discussed having children but it would
require some very expense medical procedures. So we
were overjoyed to learn I was pregnant in May of 2002.
God had brought us another miracle. Gabriella
MaggieMae was born January 27, 2003. She is our own
special miracle baby.
In August of 2003 I went in for a nose reconstruction
and sinus surgery to clear the impacted sinuses.
Steve once again nursed me back to health in th
following weeks of recovery as well as taking care of
our baby daughter. He has encouraged me to pursue my
dreams of becoming a Elementary teacher and supported
me while going to school and staying home to care for
Maggie. Steve has reaffirmed my faith in the goodness
of people. After a hard childhood and early
adulthood, life is more wonderful than I ever dreamed
possible. Our love is all the I ever hoped for and