They (formally) met in the summer of 2014 through mutual friends. Both attended UW-Madison, but actually didn't meet until the year after they finished college. “As we got to know each other, we discovered that we hung out with a lot of the same friend groups in college, and probably were at several of the same gatherings. We started dating soon after we met. From there, we moved into an apartment together and adopted our first dog, Yogi. After that, we had a brief 2 year stint living in Brooklyn, New York. While still living in New York, we got married in August of 2018.”
After a bit more time in New York, they decided it was time to move back and officially call Madison, WI home. They moved into their first home in July of 2019, and promptly adopted a second dog, Luka. By April of 2020, they welcomed their first child, Jackson into the world. Since then, they have loved watching him grow, and have loved making their house into a home.
“We like this neighborhood because there are plenty of families that are in the same stage of life as us, with young children. There is a mix of families in other stages of life as well, so we also appreciate the diversity of the neighborhood. We are always willing to offer a helping hand with tasks, watching pets or watching children. In other words, we like to be "neighborly."
As a family, they like going on walks, and playing in the backyard. Jackson loves to toss the ball for the dogs and watch them run. As avid Wisconsinites and Badgers they also love cheering on all of the Wisconsin college and professional sports teams.
“We like Madison because it is a good mix of small town feel and city life. There are also plenty of areas to enjoy nature and the outdoors.”
Jackson likes "Wheels on the Bus" and "Itsy Bitsy Spider." Jenn and Jeffrey like all sorts of music, but favorite is 90s alternative music. Jenn is a teacher, so public education has always been important. They also rescued both of our dogs, so we support the local animal rescues. Puerto Rico was their favorite vacation since it was our honeymoon and they love relaxing on the beach or by the pool. The pandemic has limited family travel, but with Spring break coming they are going to Florida at the end of March for our first big trip as a whole family.
Thanks to the Thorn family for sharing who they are and giving back to our neighborhood and community as association treasurer and as a school teacher at Allis Elementary.