We are so excited to begin this adoption journey! We understand that our journey will have its ups and downs, and we know yours will too. We are sincerely grateful that you have taken the time to view this snapshot of our lives.
I was born in Perryton, Texas in 1982. I am the third and youngest boy. My older brothers, Cade and Heath, are 10 and 8 years older than me, respectively. Growing up, we were involved in anything and everything outdoors: from riding horses, to playing football, to fishing and hunting. We may not have had a lot, but I wouldn't change anything about my childhood. My mom and dad instilled the importance of hard work and taking time to enjoy time with friends and family.
I was born and raised in York, Nebraska. I am the third of four girls born to two teachers. My parents instilled in me a love of education, sports, homemaking (including sewing, cooking, and gardening), and a strong faith in God. My favorite memories include holidays, spending time with family, going to my grandparent's farm, and playing sports.
After graduating from high school in 2004, I attended North Central University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I majored in elementary education with a concentration in English Language Arts and a Bible minor. I had a lot of great experiences in college! Along with exploring Minnesota and Wisconsin, I was also able to travel to Ecuador, Louisiana, and the island of Saipan.
After graduation, I moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado. I spent two years there, hoping to find a teaching position. My love for Colorado Springs, and Colorado in general, was brought on by numerous family trips during my childhood. I enjoyed hiking, snowboarding, skiing, and being surrounded by mountains. But after two years of substitute teaching and working for an international ministry, I was hired to teach junior high school English in Copeland, Kansas. This was an amazing opportunity as I not only got to see my dream realized, but also met Tyler. I have since moved to another school and now teach high school. I recently earned my Master's degree from MidAmerica Nazarene University.