We met our first year in college and were close friends before we started dating. In September of 2011, we were married with all our family and friends present. We have always loved spending time together going out or staying in. We still make time to have date night a few times a month. In 2013, we were blessed with our first son, Micah. Then, in 2016, Killian was born. Both boys were born prematurely and had to spend extra time in the hospital while they finished growing. Micah loves to go to school to learn and make new friends. He is very creative and enjoys drawing. Micah’s kind heart makes him an amazing big brother to Killian. Killian loves to play outside. He loves to meet new people and he loves to play with others.
Raising our boys has added another layer of enjoyment to our marriage and our traditions. Holidays like Halloween and Christmas are family favorites. Every Halloween, we spend the evening with Kristian’s parents. Nana (Kristian’s mom) makes gumbo for the family to enjoy together while Papa (Kristian’s dad) passes out candy to the neighborhood kids. After the boys have their trick or treat fun, they love to help Papa pass out candy. Christmas is an especially busy time, but it’s always so fun! Christmas Eve is spent with Grandma and Grandpa, eating authentic Spanish cuisine. Their house is full with our family, Stephen’s sister, Sarah, her husband Jordan, and their daughter, Ava. Christmas morning, we celebrate at our home, eating homemade biscuits and gravy and opening presents. In the afternoon, we head to Nana and Papa’s house. Papa reads the Cajun Night Before Christmas every year before Micah and Killian pass out the Christmas presents to everyone.
Birthdays are also a big deal in our house! We often celebrate for days with decorations, cake, and parties. We decorate with streamers and balloons every birthday and build up decorations until we have the birthday party. We love to host family birthday parties in our home.
We have two dogs, Eva and Arlo. Eva is our super sweet older dog. She loves kids and is very gentle with them. Arlo is our spunky pup. He has a very special bond with the boys and he loves to play fetch with them.
We love to travel as a family, frequently visiting our families in New Orleans and Indiana. We also love trying new things. Our favorites so far have been going to King’s Island, local parks, and camping. We love to try new food, but we especially enjoy Cajun cuisine and seafood! We also enjoy finding seasonal festivals near where we live. Family time is so important to us! We are raising our family surrounded by love and support and adventures.
We live in a great cul du sac neighborhood in a suburb of Dayton. We built our home in 2017 and we have enjoyed making it our home. Our second floor has three bedrooms and a loft we use as a playroom. Micah and Killian love sharing their room while the third room is set up as a nursery for our future little one. Our main floor is an open floor plan with the dining room, kitchen, and living room open to each other. We finished our basement as a theatre room and mini library. We love to have family movie night with chocolate popcorn and Root Beer in the basement. We have a large fenced backyard with plenty of room for play, and we recently had a beautiful new deck built on the back of our house that overlooks the back yard. We love our cozy home and it has become a special place to raise our kids.
Stephen enjoys his work as a computer engineer. When he has free time, he enjoys playing video games or taking his motorcycle out for a ride. Stephen is a very involved parent. He loves playing with our kids, sharing a love for video games with them. Every weekend, he sets aside time to play Mario with Micah and Killian. He is supportive of their interests and ideas. Stephen has always encouraged our kids to try new things and enjoy new experiences. He is a very selfless parent and spouse, giving of his time to care for us. Stephen has an active relationship with the Lord. His love for the Lord has molded Stephen into a loving, caring spouse and father. We are blessed to have him in our lives!
Kristian is a wonderful wife, mother, and friend! She loves to bake sweets for our family and friends and is always up for an adventure. She loves our boys more than anything and often asks Stephen out on dates. Kristian is in love with the Lord and is actively involved with the worship team at our church. She enjoys playing outside with our boys at the park or in our yard or going to Kings Island. Kristian is a very compassionate friend and will go out of her way to help others in need. She loves to listen and have deep conversations about any topic, no matter how silly or important.