by Cody & Lisa
Cody: We met 4 years ago at Noah’s Landing in Florida, a special needs housing community. We knew we liked each other because of the same likes, the connection we had, and the same passions. We both love Josh Grobin, music, Disney, family, love, dancing, singing, and art. I knew I wanted to marry Lisa because I am doing it out of love. She is a caring person. She will always be my honey. She likes to hug me a lot, and she is outgoing and social.
Lisa: I knew I wanted to marry Cody because he is an inspiration to me. He cares so much about me and really wants to have a life with me. He inspires me in so many ways, you cannot even imagine–through his heart, his soul. He is the kind of loving person I wanted to have. He is the most genuine person.
Cody: I decided to ask Lisa to marry me at Amore restaurant. I knew I wanted to marry her the day I met her. It was always in my heart. My gut, soul, mind, body, and brain told me so.
Lisa: I knew I wanted to marry Cody from the moment I met him. He looked amazing, lol! I wanted to marry him because I want to make him happy. We both want to make each other very happy.
Cody: As far as independent living, we feel happy and excited! I knew it was going to be a challenge without other roommates, but I know that Michigan has a lot of amazing opportunities for people with special needs. I feel a little bit nervous, but not too much. We will have a lot of support.
Our plans for the future are to NOT have children. We want to have happiness, joy, love, and respect. We want to stay busy and go to concerts. We want to host our own family night, game nights, and dinner parties!! We both plan to get jobs or continue with day programs. People with disabilities have the same rights to get married and be like any other adult couple in the world.
We want to tell other adults with special needs to watch Monica and David or Born This Way. If you have a dream, you need to go for it because it’s important to have faith in yourself, be honest with yourself, and someday you will find the right person who may make you as happy as you can be.
We started a GoFundMe page to help us pay for the steep cost of our housing. We would be honored if you donated.