We met our first week of college, and knew we were meant to be together forever. Life has brought us through thick and thin, and every moment has been sweeter because we are together.
It's brought us to where we are now: living with our amazing kids in the mountains of the greater Yellowstone area.
Though there are many facets to our story, the most important part of our story is this:
*We have a big family. An amazing, wonderful, big family.*
Matt and I could not have imagined when we started out just how much joy our children would bring us. Each addition to our family has increased the love and joy in our home.
Here are the best parts about having a big family:
*We are experienced parents who are gentle and kind in raising our children.
*Siblings can be an amazing part of life, like built-in best friends and a life-long support system.
*Our kids rarely fight, and when they do, they've learned to quickly mend it. Big families are wonderful training for life.
*Kids really do thrive in an environment filled with love and with siblings! Feeling left out is not an option for any of us in this family.
*The idea that kids can't thrive in a large family is flawed. A large family that is healthy only serves to provide a bigger support system.
*Our home in the mountains is an amazing place to grow up. Our adventures and discoveries only bond us closer.
*Life is SO MUCH better together! Our greatest joy is found in helping each member of our family dream and grow.
"Coming from a large family makes you feel protected - you have friends and allies." - Paul McGann
*We love you already, and hope you'll become a part of our happy family.
(To see more of how we got here, please see our website: mattandann.com)
We have a beautiful home in the woods. Waking up in the cabin every day is like a dream. The house is surrounded by trees, with endless places for the kids to play and imagine. We can walk to the lake from here, and much of the summer is spent paddling around on our kayaks. There is a big sledding hill near our home, and in the winter, we are often there, sliding or snowboarding down the hill. In the evenings, you can find us making s'mores around our campfire. We live very close to dozens of hiking trails, rivers and lakes, as well as Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. It's an absolutely magical place to be a child and to grow up.
Before I ever got married, the absolute most important thing I was looking for in a husband was someone who would not only love and cherish me, but who would be a kind, loving father. Matt is the best man I have ever known. He is smart and incredible at everything he does, but his best qualities are his kindness and ability to love. He is an amazing listener, a compassionate friend, and the best dad in the world. He has worked so hard to give us the life we've always dreamed of. All seven of us ladies adore him!
Ann is my best friend. She is a kind and gentle mother and an amazing example to our kids. One of my favorite things about her is that she loves our family so much. The kids and I matter more to her than anything else, but she also dreams big. She is constantly working on bettering herself and inspires our kids to be the best that they can be. She does everything she can to help their dreams come true.