A small college town, a country boy and a city girl. Sounds like the beginnings of a song doesn't it? But that's how it all started for us. Almost 13 years later it has just gotten better.
Everyone has a family tree, but ours is an orchard!
Thanks for taking a minute to learn more about us!
We were both raised in Utah and though we still miss the mountains, we love Illinois. It has truly become home. Our neighborhood is a small collection of houses surrounded by trees and farms. We live on 3 acres of pine tree forest on the edge of a small town. We are still close to shopping and a train ride away from the big city. We get the best of all worlds. We have parks, a splash pad, several nature preserves, u-pick farms and some of the best rated schools in the county. All of this within arms reach of our 3 acres of paradise. We love to watch the wild turkeys and deer wander around our neighborhood.
We work hard to create a life we love. We each have our own individual interests and also enjoy several together. We enjoy reading aloud to each other, traveling and exploring nature. We also relish in cultural activities such as attending plays and the opera. Our evenings are filled with family dinner, toddler giggles and enjoying down time before bed. We always strive to make our home a warm, inviting, happy place full of love and laughter while being centered in Christ.
And now a quick bit from Annie!
I was raised in Utah the youngest of three. I have a wonderful sister and an amazing brother. I enjoy close relationships with them and my mom is one of my best friends. My parents divorced when I was 4, but I was able to see my dad regularly until he moved out of state when I was 12. Though they both remarried I understand how hard divorce can be.
I was very active and warm days found me playing in the sandbox, swimming, sleeping in the back yard and playing with my brother. In the winter we built snowmen, snow forts and went sledding down our hill. When it was rainy I could be found reading, playing Barbies or pretending to cook. I've grown up and put my Barbie's away, but I still love being outside and going on adventures.
I am lucky to have Jeremy. He is an amazing husband and father. He is kind, patient, humble, smart, silly and truly tries to exemplify Jesus Christ in his everyday life. One of the best decisions I have ever made was marrying him.
I am very blessed to be able to stay at home with our daughter. This was always a dream of mine growing up and still is to this day. I love that I get to watch her grow every day and spend our days together. She helps remind me to slow down and enjoy the little things. Every day is something new and something exciting. The greatest privilege I have had is being her mom.
Now a bit on Jeremy-
Hi. I’m Jeremy. I grew up the oldest of five kids in a small country town. We didn’t have much money, but we were happy. My family members are my closest friends. My brother and I were a year apart in school and we had a large group of friends. My parents made our house comfortable and welcoming for everyone, so our house was often a community gathering place. It was a wonderful way to grow up.
I could wish for nothing more than to be like my parents. They are kind and loving. They supported us in anything we wanted to do, and expected us to do our very best, whatever that was. It wasn’t that important to win a competition or to get an A in a class, as long as we did our best. I want my kids to know they are loved. I want them to pursue their passions; to find what they’re good at and what they love. I want to guide them and support them through their challenges. I want to show them the diversity this world has to offer; of the beauty of nature, and science and art; of theater and opera; of ball games and books.
My greatest joys are at home and our family is our first priority. I have a good job and work hard so that Annie can be at home with our daughter and our other kids when they come into our life. Annie is a great mom and works hard at making our home a joyful one. Evenings and weekends are "family time" when we enjoy cooking, eating, working and playing together. Saturdays often find us at a park, or apple orchard, or museum. Sundays we go to church, maybe take an afternoon nap and enjoy a good movie in the evening.