LIMERICK >>Nikki and Jason Arnold began their romance on Facebook, so perhaps it’s only natural that they should announce a pending addition to their family there as well.
But the Arnold family took it one step further, taking advantage of Saturday’s snowfall to really drive the point home visually.
“I’ve been trying to think of ways we could make the announcement that I’m pregnant and suddenly it hit me, ‘oh my gosh, we can build snowmen!’” Nikki Arnold told Digital First Media Saturday evening.
And so, with the help of daughter Avery, who turns 4 next month, the Briar Court couple built a snow figure representing each of them, and then a fourth representing the child on its way.
“Avery says if it’s a baby sister, she and I are going to take care of it and if it’s a boy, daddy is going to take care of it,” Arnold said with a laugh.
The couple are both graduates of Spring-Ford Area High School — Nikki in 2004 and Jason in 2002 — but they did not date until “he commented on one of my photos on Facebook five years ago and we started hanging out.”
Now another Facebook photo has marked another milestone in their life.
It’s not one Nikki Arnold may have imagined at an earlier time in her life.
Before she and Jason married last year, she was Nikki Golden and, as she told Digital First Media for its 2013 “Fatal Addiction” series on heroin, “I was a lost child, confused, angry, hurt and just worn out. Just very, very tired.”
Now she is clean, married, pregnant and working as a peer recovery specialist at Gaudenzia Addiction Treatment and Recovery Center in Norristown.
Nikki Golden was featured in the series by Phoenix sister paper The Mercury as a graduate of Montgomery County Drug Court.
“I’m a success story now,” she said.
Referring to her daughter and her pregnancy, she said “It’s amazing how many positive things can come out of being clean.”