Our story begins on a lake in northern Minnesota. We met there on a weekend with friends and have been together ever since. There was an immediate connection and we found that we shared so many common goals, interests, and a passion for living life by experiencing the world and what it has to offer.
The greatest goal we share is to have a family and raise children together. We have been blessed with many nieces and nephews from our brothers, sisters, and friends and are so excited to start a family of our own.
We live in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in a house we bought in 2012. We've done extensive remodeling to the upstairs, the lower bathroom, and the front porch (pictured). Rob is very good and home improvement and Dave is a very good "supervisor." We live just a block away from a middle school, elementary school, and a park, and about a mile from a chain of lakes with great running and biking trails where we spend a lot of time in the summer.
I grew up on my family farm in north central Minnesota. My father worked for the local power company and mother was a stay at home mom until I began school. After I began school she went to college and worked at a boat manufacturing company for many years before starting her own business. I enjoyed growing up in a rural area where my three other siblings and I spent our days running around and playing outside. This instilled in me a love for the outdoors which to this day is a big part of my life. Some of my favorite traveling experiences include the outdoors and visiting places that take you into the remote wilderness- places where you can disconnect from regular life and enjoy the natural beauty of our home.
While I went to college and studied Mass Communication I found my passion working in the restaurant and service industry. I worked for a major coffee company for almost 10 years and for the last four years have been working as a consultant for a restaurant company.
My hobbies include working on improvements to our house, flower and vegetable gardening, spending time with family and friends, cooking, working with computers, playing sports, biking, backpacking, and traveling the world.
One of my favorite regular places to visit is our family cabin that is located on an island a short two hour drive from Minneapolis. Check out our video sections for some memories made there last summer.
I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago Illinois. I have one older sister. My dad was a doctor and my mom was a nurse. They instilled in my sister and me the importance of hard work and service to others from an early age. My best childhood memories are of going to the pool every day in the summer, going to camp, and participating in theater productions in school.
I went to college in Maine, where I studied history and political science. After college, I taught high school special education in New York City for three years, but decided to change careers and go to law school.
I moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota for law school in 2008. In 2010, I met Rob, and we began dating while I was in my third year of law school. I decided to stay in Minnesota and was fortunate to find a job as an in-house counsel advocating for educators, students, and public education. I have worked there for almost eight years.
I work with amazing, caring, and brilliant people, and I feel very lucky to be able to do work that has positive impact on many other people. In my free-time, I enjoy running, cooking, walking our dog Forest, and planning travel adventures with Rob and friends. I am also on the board of a local farmer's market organization.
I am extremely excited to welcome a child into our family.