Don and Christy Seawall met in a rather unconventional way – on a flight from Chicago to Paris. “We were both going to study abroad and were seated together,” says Christy. “At one point, Don jumped up with a camera and snapped a picture of our group. We hadn’t even met yet…and I’m in that picture!”
Today, Don is the director of IT Services for Batavia School District, but as a former chef he’s the designated cook in the house. Christy has dedicated her career to helping others reach their full potential, integral in introducing Junior Achievement to the Kaneland school district in 2001 and working over the years as a career coach, in human resources and currently for DeVry University.
Don and Christy have two children. Veronica, who is 21 and will be a senior at Eastern Kentucky University, is an aspiring zookeeper who has worked at Brookfield Zoo and just spent a semester in Australia, interning at Cairns Tropical Zoo. Don (Seawall III) is 19 and entering his sophomore year at DePaul University and spent his summer interning at College Works Painting, learning all aspects of business ownership including marketing, hiring, payroll and customer service.
It’s not surprising that every family trip the Seawalls take starts with the motto “Our journey begins…” because this family is all about living life fully and the wonderful journeys ahead.
5 Fun Facts About This Fabulous Family
1. Favorite Local Establishment:
Kuipers in Maple Park has been a tradition since the kids were little. Apple Cider Donuts!
2. Most Memorable Family Vacation:
We took a two-week trip to Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park. Camping in Yellowstone was AWESOME!
3. On Sunday Night You’ll Find Us:
Watching the Bears – football season, here we come!
4. We’re Most Like the Famous Family:
The Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie. We like living simply in one of the oldest houses in town. Don would love to have been born in the 1800s; he's a hard worker and great provider. I (Christy) have a glass-half-full perspective, and I believe Carolyn did too. Veronica is a great student and motivated, which is very much like Mary, and our son Don is social and a bit mischievous, but very caring like Laura.
5. We Love Our Neighbors:
We have a progressive dinner around the holidays with the Hills and the McCaffreys. It’s an awesome tradition that now involves our children, children’s spouses and even grandchildren. As our families grow, so does the celebration!
Photos by Lynn Logan
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