Kendrick and I were both raised in Christian homes with strong family values. We met in middle school at our church youth group in Alaska. Throughout high school, our friendship grew as we shared mutual friends that adventured with and encouraged each other. We started our great adventure of marriage in June of 2009 at 18 and 19 years old surrounded by our loving family and friends. Our marriage is strong and it continues to strengthen as we pray together, pursue Christ, persevere through life, and lock arms through the challenges and rewards of raising a family. We are fully committed to each other and promise to continually work on loving one another more each day.
We value and crave family time. On evenings during the week you can usually find us out front while the kids ride their bikes on our quiet street, biking to a park, or in the backyard playing on various toys. Hide and seek, Wii Dance parties, and Mario kart racing are also favorites! We love traveling and make it a priority. We make a few trips to Alaska each year to visit grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, but also try to explore new places. Stevi has family in the Phoenix area and we make it a point to escape the gloomy Pacific NW weather to play in their pool and explore the desert. We anticipate more travel in our future as the kids grow. Hawaii and Ireland and the UK are at the top of our list. We attend the Scottish Highland Games each year and the kids love hearing the bagpipes and watching the sporting events. We’d love for them to experience new cultures first-hand. Our family loves to camp during the warmer months and we enjoy disconnecting from daily distractions and focusing on making memories. Thunderstorms are a favorite at our home, and we’ll often cuddle up under our gazebo beside a lit fire to watch the storm pass over. We discovered canoeing and kayaking this past summer during a family reunion in Minnesota and plan to do more in the future. Christmas is our favorite holiday and we love taking the kids sledding, making cookies, and “camping” out in the living room near the tree while falling asleep to a classic Christmas film.
We live on a quiet street in a wonderful, established neighborhood. We have a community park just two blocks away, and many other parks nearby. We love our 1,260 sq ft rambler and find happiness in owning a small home and utilizing the space we have. Our backyard is quite large and furnished with a small trampoline, swing, sandbox, water table (in the warmer months), and lots of other fun toys.
Kendrick loves spending time outside with our family. He enjoys running a few times a week, hiking in the mountains, and skiing. He likes to work on projects around the house with his dad and loves to take our kids out to breakfast. He has 3 siblings, the youngest of which was adopted from China when Kendrick was 12 years old. He has a wonderful relationship with his parents and we are blessed to be able to see them often. Kendrick went to the University of Alaska in Anchorage and has a degree in Economics. He is analytically minded and currently works as an Alliance Program Manager for an Airline. He successfully maintains a healthy work/life balance and makes it a point to be home in the evenings to help with the kids and share dinner with the family. Kendrick likes to spend time in the backyard around the BBQ. He enjoys grilling various kinds of meat and has become quite skilled at it. Kendrick enjoys serving with others in the community. He serves widows in our church on a regular basis by helping them with basic yard and housework.
Stevi feels blessed to be a stay at home mom and considers it a joy to be able to spend her time loving, teaching, and watching our kids grow. She loves seeing the light in their eyes when they learn and experience new things. She finds joy creating new crafts and projects for our kids to help them learn. Some of her favorite activities with the kids include reading stories, going hiking, playing at parks - rain or shine, and letting them help in the kitchen (making pancakes and muffins is a current favorite). Stevi enjoys learning new recipes and is currently experimenting with sourdough bread and treats. She has 3 siblings and keeps in touch with them through visits and Facetime. She talks with her parents at least weekly and always enjoys visiting. She is a great communicator and likes to arrange get-togethers to spend quality time with friends. Her favorite ways to “refresh” are by playing the piano, making a craft, or going thrifting. Her grandma taught her to knit in high school and she enjoys knitting while watching movies during the winter months. Her favorite treats are dark chocolate and sour candies. Fun fact, She got her hairdresser’s license after high school and though she is not pursuing it as a career, she enjoys cutting our kids hair and sometimes our friends hair also!