It all began one fateful evening at Taco Bell over 13 years ago. One of my Mike's friends had met Shantae a few days prior, and invited Mike to come along on an impromptu double date. Shantae was supposed to bring a friend for Mike. We coordinated to meet up at a Taco Bell across the street from a movie theater, where we would all grab some tacos before hitting up a movie. There Mike and his friend sat, waiting for Shantae and her friend to arrive.
Shantae got there first, and when she walked through that Taco Bell door and Mike laid his eyes on her for the first time, he didn't care about the friend she was bringing. He was completely mesmerized by Shantae! The rest is history. We started talking a lot after that night, and started dating soon after.
We have been completely inseparable ever since.
We were married in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple about 1 year after we met, and have now been married for over 12 years. We've been through a lot together. We love each other more now than we ever have. We are truly each other's best friend.
During our marriage we have lived in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas, before deciding to move to Idaho Falls, Idaho in 2011, which is where Shantae was born and raised and has all of her family close by.
We love living in Idaho Falls! It's a quiet, family-centered community built on family values. We feel like it's a fantastic place to raise kids.
We own a large home (4,835 square feet) with lots of room for more children! Our home resides on a quiet cul-de-sac on the hillside with a beautiful view of the town below.
It has 7 bedrooms, a theater room, a game room, a toy room, 2 laundry rooms, 2 family rooms and a 4-car garage.
The home rests on 1.34 acres and has a large driveway with a permanent basketball hoop, a large backyard with a playhouse and swing set. We have lots of room for kids to play!
Just a little bit about myself concerning my strengths regarding my role as a spouse and a parent.
First I'll touch on my marriage. I am a really good listener; hence, being a court reporter. This sometimes might drive Mike nuts because I might listen a little too closely ha! But I think overall it's a good thing and crucial to marriage. Empathy also has been a strength of mine in our marriage as I truly feel for my husband if he's going through something tough and want to be there as a support system at all times. I work very hard around the house to make sure that everyone is cared for and they have a clean and safe home for shelter. I love cooking and family dinners is very important and will always remain as such no matter how busy life gets. I love my husband dearly and sincerely do not think there's a better person out there.
As for my parenting strengths I have all the love in the world to give. I love being a wife, but foremost is being a mother. I put my child's need before mine every time. I tend to be a person that looks at one's strengths and tends to push those attributes hopefully resulting in making them better than what they even think is possible. While I struggled with self-esteem growing up, that is something that I will instill and try to build up while rearing any child, including the youth that I work with at church. I want them to develop any talents they have, interests, or hobbies. I will fully support whatever it is they love as long as it is the result of positivity and making them a better person.
It is my goal that a child will be raised knowing they are absolutely loved and to just be a good person who loves God and who in turn will grow up to be a wonderful father or mother themselves someday.
While I am anything but perfect, I am always aware and striving to be better in all aspects of my life.