Maggie - The first thing to know about me is that I love and follow Jesus. I grew up in church, but I didn't really understand what Jesus did for me until I was a young adult (so I guess the next thing to know about me is that I can be really stubborn and thick-headed, haha!). I made lots of choices in my teens and 20's that showed me my need for someone more capable to be Lord of my life--I was doing a terrible job, even though I fought like hell to be the one in charge! I am hourly grateful for how Jesus changed my life and saved me from my sin.
Our favorite thing to do together is snow ski, so almost every year we take one big ski trip.
Things I love are:
~Cooking (especially new recipes)
~Reading (mostly historical fiction novels)
~Traveling (especially to new places--unless we're talking about New York City, in which case I would happily go every month)
~Podcasts (faith-based political are my favorites!)
Spencer - I'm very much an all-or-nothing guy. I spend lots of time analyzing everything before I commit, because once I commit, I'm all the way in. I'm research-oriented when it comes to big stuff (life changes, trips, big purchases), so I might spend months (or even years) researching something before I say "let's do it". For example, Mags and I were friends for six months before I committed to asking her out. We did the marriage thing and talked about kids for five years before deciding to pursue adoption. I spent months researching and made a spreadsheet for our honeymoon before booking it!
I grew up in church and decided to follow Jesus when I was nine. I knew even at that young age that He was the example I wanted to follow and I wanted Him leading me. I've always been passionate about the idea of being "fishers of men" (Matt. 4:19) and helping young boys understand what being a man really means. A few years ago I started working with a mentoring organization in the city where we used to live. That is where I met "J" and his family and I started to live out that passion. "J" has taught me so many unexpected lessons, and I've come to love him more than I expected. He is like part of our family and God uses him to teach me patience, forgiveness, and grace. He's like a little brother!
Things that I love are:
~Anything outside/being on the water
~Learning this new ranch life