We are Jen and Lindsay! We met online in 2014. The online site finds matches within a radius of a certain amount of designated miles. Jen was in San Diego at the time, while Lindsay was still in Minnesota, so by the rules, neither of us should have shown up on either searches.... But we did! We consider it fate!
One of the reasons we fell in love, and believe we will be great parents, is our similarity in values. We both value honesty, showing respect, determination, family, showing compassion, kindness, loyalty, responsibility and fun. One of Lindsay's favorite quotes is "Character is who you are when no one is watching"
We enjoyed our time living downtown in the cities, but we eventually settled in a small town to grow our family. We have three fur babies that are looking forward to having another sibling(s)! Layla, Reach and Puddy Cat are our cats, and Winston is our dog. Our animals are just a wee bit spoiled! But it's ok!
In our short five years together, we have enjoyed our many adventures: white water rafting in Colorado, zip lining in Costa Rica, cave kayaking in the Apostle Islands, ghost tour in Savannah, Georgia. Lucky enough, we both have interests in being active and trying new things. We are both into sports of all kinds, music of all kinds and foods of all kinds (mostly Lindsay making Jen try new foods).
On a typical weekend, we take Winston to the dog park to play with his two cousins (Jen's sister and parents' dogs), go for a bike ride, golf with the family, then end with Lindsay making delicious food for everyone. Lindsay is a wonderful cook! We know our lives will change when we are blessed with a child, and boy we cannot wait! With a little one, we would replace the golfing and bike rides with picnicking, visiting the zoo, bringing them to their first sporting events, teaching them how to crawl/walk, and awing at their coo's and giggles! We also have many friends with kids so play dates are a must!
Family is truly the most important thing to the both of us. There is rarely a week that goes by that we aren't seeing either side of the family even if it's just a short stop to say hi. Thanksgiving is spent driving to Wisconsin to see Lindsay's grandparents, dad and uncle. We prepare a big meal (only 1/4 gets eaten), then sleep off the food coma. Jen's family is big in to celebrating Halloween and Christmas. Each year her uncle throws a big Halloween party with piñatas and chicken poop bingo (it's fun, we swear!). Christmas is also big with a majority of Jen's extended family getting together on Christmas Eve to play games, hang out and eat pizza. Santa even joins in!
We live in a small town in Minnesota, close to Jen's family. Our neighborhood is tight knit with tons and tons of kids. Every neighbor looks out for one another which makes everyone feel safe. We also have a park in our neighborhood, a couple houses down from ours!
We live on .33 acres of land, with a fenced in yard, which is perfect for kids to play in (and Winston loves it, too!)
Our house is a four level split, with three bedrooms upstairs and one unfinished bedroom on the third level. The unfinished bedroom is our craft/puzzle room. Our kitchen is massive with an eight foot island (more room for Lindsay's delicious cooking and a craft station when the kids grow up!) We have three finished bathrooms with another that is unfinished. There are already a couple designated play areas for kids that are waiting to be used!
I'm Jen! I grew up in a small town with my parents and older sister. My family is the most important thing to me. Everything I am today, is because of my family. My parents taught me so much growing up: always be respectful, always be honest, try your hardest no matter what, don't be afraid to fail, try everything at least once, and do whatever makes me happy. These are things I am going to teach my child as well. I do like to consider myself nurturing and empathetic which I feel are good traits when parenting. Growing up, I didn't get as much nurturing as I would have liked or needed, so it's really important to me that my child(ren) feel nurtured. I can honestly say I have not been the most patient person but since I've married Lindsay, she has taught me how to be patient. She has also taught me to slow down and enjoy the journey.
Lindsay grew up in a bigger town in Wisconsin, spending equal time with her mom and dad.