Tyler and I knew each other in high school, but at that point in our lives, neither of us would've dated each other. After high school, Tyler played baseball for Dixie State University, and then went to serve a 2 yr. mission for our church in Paraguay. I graduated high school and attended Dixie State University as well. We ended up going to the same church building. Tyler would always "flirt" with one of my friends that I was always with (he claims he wasn't flirting with her but just knew her better). He would always say to me, "guess I will see you around!" It drove me CRAZY!
Eventually, I moved out of that church building. Shorty after, I received a Facebook message from Tyler basically asking me out. I was with my cousin, and he said there was no way in heck that I should go out with Ty. "The guy doesn't even have the guts to ask you out in person!!" I ignored my cousin because I knew there was something Special with Tyler. Plus he was really cute!
After Tyler's mission for our church, he was a little awkward and had definitely been out of the game for awhile. He fell fast for me. I remember the first time he told me that he loved me... I knew I really liked him, but I wouldn't have called it Love. All I could say back was, "Thanks!" He was so understanding and told me that it's ok not to say it back, that he's not worried , and that he could wait patiently for that day.
Well, the day came, and I fell in love with him. Shortly after, Tyler came over to my house around 2am and asked me to marry him. I, of course, said yes!
From the day we got married to now, there has been so many things that happened. We both attended and graduated from college, I got my cosmetology license, we've moved to 5 different states, Tyler's received many promotions in his job, we struggled with infertility (IUI's, Invetro, all of that fun stuff), became foster parents, bought our first house, cried together, laughed together, but most importantly, grew together.
We love our foster babies, and love being able to see their family slowly being able to be reunified.
We love being outdoors, going to movies, going out to eat, shopping (Chelsea), but mostly we like being at home and enjoy being able to relax!
I think our home might be safer than most because we have had our foster care license for almost a year now. We are full out baby proofed!
We just bought our home on Camano Island, WA about a year ago. It's a basic two story home on half an acre. We have 4 bedrooms and 2 baths. We are slowly updating it, and making it our own. Our neighborhood is quiet, yet welcoming. The Island is relaxing and (almost) everywhere we go, you can see the ocean. We are literally 5-10 minutes from 2 state parks, and the beach.
Stanwood school district is one of the best school districts in Washington, and the elementary school is not too far from us. We usually only have a few cops on duty on the Island because our area is very safe.
The yard takes FOREVER to mow. We are slowly starting to work on the backyard for the summer where we can have BBQ's and roast some s'mores in our fire pit!
Tyler is constantly surprising me with how successful and valued he is at work. He has amazing work ethic (not when it comes to mowing the lawn), but he's always has people seeking out his help. His heart is much larger than most. He loves DEEPLY. Tyler may be stubborn at times, but always has his sights on what will benefit our family the most. He loves anything that includes sports. Too bad he has an awful wife that doesn't pay for cable, or else he'd be watching games with any free time that he has. He also loves working on cars. He just recently purchased a Skyline and hoping to "fix it up", sell it, and move onto his next project!
I'm absolutely loving being a foster mom. There are so many challenges that are not present in "normal" families, but these babies are amazing and special in so many ways! I'm very passionate about families, and hoping to enroll for the online program from BYU-Idaho to accomplish their Marriage and Family bachelors degree. My faith is something I value, and my relationship with God continues to grow. I've been through a lot of hard things that have only made me a stronger, but more empathetic individual.
I currently have an amazing opportunity to stay at home with our foster children, and will continue to do so when we are able to build a "permanent" family.
I'm constantly amazed at how much my heart can love, and how much of a difference that can make in someones life.
I have to be honest, I'm not the best cook, but love to sit around the table with my loved ones and just have good conversation.