From Freshman Friendship to Triple Treasures

Monet Payne ’03, Communication Sciences and Disorders
David Payne ’03, Sociology

“We met at the University of Florida during the Summer B semester in 1999 in the AIM program for minority students. Unfortunately, we lost touch after we each delved into our respective undergraduate programs, but we both went on to graduate from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences four years later.

beaming couple sits in bay window seat with three bright-eyed triplets
The Paynes with their triplets. (L to R: Ariel, Monet, Jaslyn, David, and David Jr.) Courtesy of the Paynes

“About seven years after graduating — more than a decade after we first met — serendipity fell upon us. We reconnected through social media and embarked on a romance, marrying in August 2011. Five years later, we welcomed triplets — one boy and two girls. Blessed with these three wonders, we launched our blog at where we offer a his-her perspective about our journey into parenting triplets. We live in Brevard County, Florida, where Monet works in schools as a speech and language pathologist, and David as a finance manager at the Space Coast Credit Union headquarters.

“We credit our success in love and life to our education at the University of Florida. We share our love of Florida with our triplets, as we look forward to their first day of classes at UF. We are truly a family who bleeds orange and blue, and we’re proud to share our story with the Gator Nation.”