We met in 1998 when we were sophomores in high school in Van Buren, Arkansas. We quickly became friends and remained friends into college. In 2002, after our freshman year, we knew our relationship had evolved beyond friendship and we started dating. We’ve been inseparable ever since and we were ﬁnally able to get married on August 5, 2015. We have two small, sweet dogs: Zoe and Sophia. They love children and children love them.
We moved to Memphis, TN in 2006 for Andrew to attend medical school and Isaiah to begin teaching. We fell in love with the city and decided to stay. We live in a diverse community in the heart of vibrant downtown Memphis. At home, we enjoy cooking together, reading, watching movies and having friends and family over. We also love going out to new restaurants, seeing an occasional movie on the weekends or catching some live music at one of the many venues in Memphis. When the weather is nice, we love to be outside. We walk, bike and play frisbee with the dogs.
Together, the two of us have traveled to 43 states as well as Puerto Rico, Canada, the United Kingdom and Europe. We love to explore unique places and immerse ourselves in diﬀerent cultures. We want to share our love of travel with our child and hope to explore more of our country and the world when he or she is old enough.
We live on Mud Island, a diverse community between the Mississippi and Wolf Rivers in Memphis. Our home is very large, with plenty of space to grow our family and have lots of books and toys. We have two spare rooms that we are making into a bedroom and a playroom. We have a large back yard with a pool, and across the street is a large community playground. We are surrounded by beautiful parks, and our community has a warm, small-town feel that includes a market, a coffee shop, a Spanish language child care center and a Montessori school. Our neighborhood was designed to be walkable and it is common to see children playing in their front yards and parents pushing strollers down sidewalks.
Memphis is a thriving city known for its great food and friendly people. We are fortunate to have one of the top-rated zoos in the country, a children’s museum and a huge city park that has many recreational spaces and facilities (it is five-times larger than Central Park in New York City!). Memphis also has excellent cultural attractions and festivals. It is a great place to raise a family.
Isaiah is a wonderful partner and husband, and I know he will be a great father too. He’s always been very focused on taking care of those close to him, and people always know they can rely on him. He is kind but never a pushover, fighting for what he believes is right. He is incredibly thoughtful, always there to help his family and friends and being the ‘good advice’ guy for almost everyone he knows.
Isaiah grew up with one younger brother in a small, close-knit family in Arkansas. Isaiah loves to travel—a trait he inherited when his family took two- and three-week long annual summer vacations. He learned to cook from his mother and got his appreciation for music from his father. Both of his parents taught him the importance of education and character, and were actively involved with him in Boy Scouts; these will be wonderful values he will share with our child.
Isaiah received college degrees in biology and psychology, and after graduation spent time teaching in under-served areas of Memphis. Now he also works at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, working in research finance. He devotes part of his free time to volunteering for the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis.
Isaiah enjoys cycling, photography, gadgets, computers and traveling, and he can’t wait to include a child in these fun and interesting hobbies, along with following their interests too. He loves to read—keeping up with current events, technology and travel. When he has an interest, he researches it with passion, and loves to share his knowledge. He has a special knack for teaching kids. He taught his nephew how to play the video game Angry Birds when he was three. I know any child he cares for will enjoy having fun while learning too.
Andrew is smart, talented and funny. He is also the most dedicated and determined person I know. When he decides to go after a goal, he keeps going until he accomplishes it. When Andrew was a child, he taught himself to play the piano, and he still plays today. Commitment is evident in everything he does, which is just one of the traits that will make him a great father. Andrew is also a talented artist and chef, but my favorite thing about him is his wit. He has a great sense of humor that always seems to pop up at the perfect time.
Andrew was raised with three younger siblings in a large, close-knit family in Arkansas. His family owns a lot of land so he and his brothers and sister would ride their bikes and play on acres of hills and forests. He spent holidays with his entire family, a tradition we each continue to this day.
Andrew loves children—so much so that he made it his career to keep them healthy. He is a doctor specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry. After earning his Doctor of Medicine degree he worked for several hospitals and now works for St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He is also a partner in a group medical practice in Memphis.
He is empathetic and caring, and has a huge heart. He is a natural caretaker and nurturer. I’m so proud of his accomplishments and feel fortunate to have found my soulmate. I can hardly wait to grow our family and have our child experience what an incredible dad he will be.