As an outward sign of their family unity, the Johnsons have a family Bible verse, a cheer, a signal and a handshake. Their motto? "Charge on." Life is going to throw you some curveballs, Kevin said, but you just have to keep charging on.
"People are not defined by their job or an event," Kevin said. "I'm defined by who God says I am. That may sound cheesy to some people, but I don't care. I choose to believe that. There are times when we get choked up, but this is a huge part of who we are. It's a story of victory."
Since Kevin's recovery, the Johnsons, now married seven years, have frequently shared their story with school and church groups. Their ordeal has also taught them about the importance of life and making every day count. One of the happiest moments the Johnsons shared was the birth of their daughter in April.
"Kevin and I struggled for five years to start a family," Amanda said. "We went through three rounds of in vitro fertilization before we got pregnant. Josie was born in April of this year, and now both she and her daddy are miracles.
"We feel like we've really lived through those wedding vows during our short life together, and we're committed to each other for life. That's what marriage is all about. The fact that we've made it through this shows (that) you should never lose hope."
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Kevin and Amanda Johnson are featured in the "Oklahoma's Most Inspiring Couples" 2010 calendar, sponsored by the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative. Couples featured in the calendar are being profiled in The Oklahoman's Life section each month. For more information about the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative's inspiring couples, go to www.