AJ and I were both born and raised in Arkansas no more than 30 minutes apart, and there is no telling how many times our paths crossed without knowledge. I wish I could say it was love at first sight when AJ and I first met. Actually, it was quite the contrary. I believe my words were, “I never want to speak to him again!”. Ha! But luckily, fate was on our side and had other plans. We met when we were 19 years old in college, and after our true first date I knew he was the one.
We married in 2007, and had a healthy baby boy in 2009, named Gage. Life was good, but the challenges were real. We both worked, went to school, and cared for an infant. Whew! We were busy! I remember us having $15 to make it off until we got paid on Friday, and it would only be Tuesday. We are living proof one can thrive off a case of Ramen Noodles, but we survived! It was some of the happiest moments in our life. It proved no matter the struggles, we could keep it together.
Fortunately, all our hard work paid off and we have moved on to a new stage in our life. AJ was able to finish his degree in Mechanical Engineering, and I went on to complete two masters in Instructional Technology and School counseling and Leadership. Lifelong learning is a staple in our home, and an important value.
In 2015, we were blessed with our baby girl, Kylie Jo. Life with two children has made us realize that your heart only grows with the love of children in your home!
We have a good life. We live modestly, so that we can go and experience the most of what the world has to offer, and help others when needed. We have recently celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary, ad what we have is real. This is exactly why we hope to adopt. We want to offer a real child, with a real family, a real life, and real chances to succeed.