“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” -Jeremiah 29:11
God knew the plans for Joe and Christina DeRose’s lives from the very beginning of time. Isn’t that crazy to think about?!? Well, they certainly did not know the direction their lives would take, but they have chosen to trust God each step of the way. Those of you who have vacationed at Riverside Resort know how much Joe and Christina love the Resort and the guests who come. You may also know that they have 4 children, relish adventure, and take every opportunity to spend time with friends and family. Have you ever wanted to know more? Well, here are a few interesting facts to help you get to know them a bit better.
Their first one-on-one conversation:
In college, Joe and Christina went to Panama City Beach, Florida during spring break with a Campus Crusade for Christ group. One morning several of the students decided to run on the beach. As it turns out, Joe and Christina ended up at the front of the group and had a chance to get to know one another without any interruptions! 🙂
Joe went to school to become a pilot. He worked for Menards as a corporate pilot for several years before him and Christina bought the resort. He still continues to fly from time to time whether for business or pleasure. Joe acquired his love of flying at a young age and took his first flight lesson at the ripe old age of 14.
Christina’s noteworthy achievement:
Christina comes from a family of swimmers. Her grandmother was a great swim coach, her mother was a swimmer (who swam in the olympic trials); and she, herself went on to swim competitively at the collegiate level. Christina has many fond memories from her swimming years and learned much along the way about dedication, commitment, and hardwork.
Christina obtained her degree from St. Cloud State University. From there, she was a high school math teacher for several years before having children and staying home with them. Christina loves numbers and solving all sorts of problems. If you have any algebra, calculus, or geometry questions, she is your gal! 🙂
Their unknown childhood connection:
Long before Joe and Christina ever met, they both shared a love for music. Not only did they love music, but they both decided at a young age to play alto saxophone. Although, the times are few and far between, if they ever get a chance to play music together it is a joyful occasion.
Although it did not last long and nobody is quite sure how it started, the rumor going around Christina’s hometown was that Joe was a model. While everyone agreed that Joe was a good looking fellow, the rumor was soon corrected and everyone had a good laugh about it.
One of their many passions in life:
Joe and Christina feel very blessed to have each other. They are thankful for the union of marriage that God designed. They certainly know that a wonderful marriage does not come easy and it takes intentional thought, work, and love. Because of this, Joe and Christina have a heart for mentoring others in their marriage as well.
So yes, God knew from the very beginning about all these things that have happened in their lives. He also knows everything that has and will happen in yours. If you want to find out more about us or our resort, check it out here!
By: Kathryn Rupnow
Social Media Specialist