Who We Are
We have been happily married almost 4 years. On our first date we went to Chili's and Rachel stole Josh's heart when she asked if he wanted to order off the 2 for $20 menu! Ha! Rachel being the outspoken person she is asked if Josh would ever considering having more children since she always knew she wanted to be a mom and he said yes. We knew we had great chemistry after first meeting and fell in love quickly. Rachel jumped right in to coming to sports games and dinners with Josh’s boys, Jake(19) and Sy(17). We weren't sure what path would lead to us growing our family initially, but our experience with infertility not only opened our eyes to the beauty of adoption, but also strengthened our
marriage which will allow us to be better parents.
A little about our lives:
Our week always starts with going to church on Sunday morning, followed by a lunch with Rachel's side of the family at the local Mexican restaurant. Throughout the week we live a pretty normal life, with the exception of during the spring and fall we do get to go on a quick trip out to the field to check cows for new calves before we have dinner together. Another weekly tradition is Friday night dinners at Rachel's grandparents house with all her extended family. We have a home cooked meal and afterwards we visit while the kids play games or venture outside for hide and seek. We also typically see Jake and Sy (Josh's sons) throughout the week whether it be at a baseball game or them coming by to visit and work on the farm and Josh's parents live just down the road from us. Needless to say, we have a lot of family that are close to us both in proximity and in our lives!
We really enjoy being outdoors and living on a farm definitely gives us that opportunity. We also really like to go to the river and go kayaking or just hang out with family or friends there and we live just about 5 minutes away. Rachel loves to be in the water whether it is the river, pool or occasionally the beach! We both share a love of travel so we try to go on at least two vacations a year doing things like exploring national parks or just relaxing somewhere beautiful. Living in Missouri, we are near a lot of rivers, lakes and just beautiful places to hike and explore, so we often take a quick weekend trip to see some of those.
On the other spectrum, we do really enjoy just relaxing inside and binge watching a TV series together. We seem to go through phases with everything from Fixer Upper or most recently we've gotten really into true crime shows. We always make it a priority to have dinner together each night and usually take turns throughout the week on who makes dinner. When it is nice out we often are out on the deck grilling. We can't wait to have a little one to share our lives with and teach them the things we love and learn what they will love to do as well!
I (Rachel) am a very planned person. I am the type to organize everything beforehand, but Josh finally talked me into a road trip with no hotels booked or anything. We started out with Nashville-where we listened to music downtown then woke up and ate at the Pancake Pantry. Then we ended up in Louisville, KY where we went to the horse races. We really enjoyed the day there betting just a few dollars a race for the fun of it. Our last day we went to the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum. Although I didn’t think that I would like the lack of planning, it was one of my favorite trips we’ve been on. I truly felt more relaxed and enjoyed myself more being able to just “go with the flow”. This is definitely something I will need to embrace with having a little one since there are so many things you just can’t plan for and I am so excited for it!
We have had a good week-Sy had his last baseball game of the season so Josh went and watched that Tuesday night. We got our glider set up in the nursery this week which was our last big item we needed. Rachel’s parents just put in a pool so we finally got to go for our first swim today with the family which is getting us exciting for Summer! We can’t wait to have our own little one to bring to the pool and spend family time all together.