We learned early on in our life together that marriage is amazing.
Of all the adventures in life, we believe marriage is the greatest. Warren Buffet once said that the most important decision you can make in life is who you marry. Raise your hand if you agree!
We also learned that great marriages only occur with intention.
Yes, intention. Great marriages don't just spring out of the ground. They're built, day by day and word by word. Over the years, we've found that the most powerful (and fun) way to grow a great marriage is through meaningful shared experience.
What's a meaningful shared experience?
So this is what we do:
We create opportunities for couples to make their marriages even better through meaningful shared experience.
Our story begins in Africa.
In the summer of 2009 (between our junior and senior year at Pepperdine University), Dusty led a team of students on a trip to Nairobi, Kenya, and Cecily was on the team. After a summer of adventure and purpose, we fell in love, dated for the next year, and returned in 2010 to get married in a small village ceremony. We spent the next (our first year of our marriage) working in Kenya with Made in the Streets (www.madeinthestreets.org), a ministry rescuing children from the slums of Nairobi. We continue to work closely with Made in the Streets to this day.
In 2011, our work brought us back to Malibu, California, where we currently reside. As a couple, we enjoy shared experiences, which generally involve a fair amount of sweat. We run Pepperdine CrossFit, Cecily teaches group fitness and yoga classes, and we try to spend as much time outside as possible.
We're builders and cheerleaders by nature. Our full time work is in the ministry and creative realms: Dusty is the Campus and Youth Minister at Pepperdine University and Cecily runs a creative company in Los Angeles (www.cecilybreeding.com). Because our greatest growth experiences have occurred on trips, one of our main passions as a couple is leading others on transformational adventures. We've led over a dozen international trips to places like Kenya, Togo, Mexico, and Iceland. Our personal travels have taken us from the slums of Nairobi, to the Papase'ea sliding rocks of Samoa, the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, and beyond. We've embraced the cold rain and winds of the Icelandic highlands and stumbled along through altitude sickness, all with the purpose of gaining deeper understanding of self, one another, and God.
As a couple, we believe that our relationship is a major component in our love for life, our happiness, and our success. We have a passion for helping other couples discover their own unique team dynamic and develop their strengths. The Boone Center for the Family on campus at Pepperdine University has offered us support in this, providing us with training in their MarriageStrong program (www.marriagestrong.net). We have found that this approach to building great marriages has been effective for those seeking something other than traditional marriage counseling and are excited to offer this to all who connect with Adventure Marriage.