QUITE THE DUO
We met in college in the fall of 2008 and instantly had a bond due to similar upbringings. With both of us growing up on a farm and having tight-knit families, it didn’t take long for us to know we were meant for each other and we married in April 2010. As cheesy as it sounds, we were inseparable. Christina was "one of the boys" and was always with Grant and his crew. We were rarely seen apart. We enjoyed living in Hays for a few years but quickly realized we wanted to be near family so we moved close to where Christina was raised. After a long and unsuccessful road to conceive on our own, we have turned fully to the Lord who brought us to Catholic Charities and ultimately you.
I was raised on a farm near a small town in south central Kansas with my dad, mom, brother and sister. Growing up, the outdoors was an important part of our family. We spent a good portion of our lives working on the farm with dad and grandpa. Working hard and being honest were the most respected values in our family. My Grandpa always told us, "You better learn to like work, because you have to do it the rest of your life." So with that, I have tried to live up to those standards. Today, I continue this by running a full-time bird taxidermy and decoy shop. Building and wood crafting, making decoys and taxidermy are some of my favorite things to do. Being a craftsman and artist has followed me in my work for my entire life. Luckily the good Lord has gifted me with this talent that has provided a great job for me and my family. Nowadays, I love taking family and friends outdoors where we hunt, fish and enjoy the natural beauty God has created for us. Christina and I spend most of our free winter days waiting for the sun to rise over the marsh while duck hunting. There is nothing better in this world than a hot cup of coffee and a good sunrise.
I grew up on a farm in central Kansas with my dad, mom, and three sisters. As the youngest of four girls, I was always tagging along hoping to be part of the action. Our family devoted Sunday mornings for church, and evenings for sit-down home-cooked meals. Meanwhile, we spent our free time outside enjoying the weather and wide open spaces. We always had farm cats and dogs roaming around, and every once in a while, we would adopt a baby calf who lost its mom, one of whom we named Patrick. In school, I participated in sports and found a love for basketball and volleyball. During college, I played recreational volleyball and still play on a few teams for fun. Spending time with family and friends, having a fish fry and playing cards games are some of my favorite things to do. Grant and I couldn't ask for more when it comes to the people in our lives.
These are our people
We aren't the only ones ready to open our hearts to this child. We have so many people waiting with us and supporting our journey.
Our families and friends support us every day. They are eagerly awaiting the newest member of our family with us. Our families are our strength in good times and bad; our friends celebrate and mourn with us; we all love each other, and we have so much more love to share.
Our immediate families
Christina's family recently celebrated Drake's (in the grey suit) First Communion. It is very exciting when someone accomplishes a big task or achievement they have been striving for. We definitely love to celebrate and enjoy each other's company during these times.
Recently, we visited the coast in Texas with Grant’s family, which is something we hadn’t experienced since our trip in 2009. We try to take a family vacation every few years; a few years ago we went to Yellowstone National Park! Who knows where we will go next and by then we hope to have more members of the family!