They met at a birthday party in 1990, were instantly smitten, and, after years of transatlantic romancing, got married in California in 2008.
Today, they have four adopted children, ages 6 to 11, and a comfortable home in Harrisburg.
But a sword of Damocles hangs over the couple, only one of whom is an American citizen. The other is French, and vulnerable to deportation.
Under federal immigration law, married binational couples usually can fix this precarious situation with a family reunification petition, seeking a green card for the foreign-born spouse.