When we first moved to Canada, we came together--it was Easter of 2002. Mel had a job offer at McMaster University and I had agreed to come and see if I thought I could live in Hamilton. We both liked it a lot. We looked at houses and found an amazing house in a older part of Hamilton. We were so excited! We put an offer in on the house and went back to Denver, Colorado and waited to see what would happen. Well, they didn't accept our offer. We had a second choice house that we put an offer in on, and that offer forced a previous offer to firm up. So, we were out of luck. No house.
I came back to Hamilton by myself about a month later and went on a whirlwind tour of about 20 houses in Dundas, Ancaster and Hamilton. I found our lovely home on the escarpment between Dundas and Ancaster and they accepted our offer. It was a perfect house for a bed and breakfast and we called it the Twisted Magnolia Bed and Breakfast. For three years we had a wide variety of guests from all over the world. We were busy, had great food, and hosted a bunch of weddings when same sex marriage became legal in Ontario. And we got married on the front steps of the house in August of 2003 with 125 people who love us. It is our home.