I will stop in the middle of driving anywhere to save a lost animal, love funky shoes, eat too many sweets, love to snow ski, afraid of heights, care how people feel, won’t hesitate to stand up for what’s right, love animals, get so excited about finding good deals at garage sales, want my husband to bring me donuts instead of flowers, and love the Lord with all my heart, mind, and soul.
My family moved from Houston where my Dad was a pastor at a Bible church, to a small country town in central Texas when I was beginning junior high. It was quite an adventure! We lived on an old broken-down summer camp and spent all our family time repairing it so that we could run programs for kiddos from urban areas to come out during the summer and experience the country.
My kids are a joy in my life, the pride of my heart, and the most amazing blessings I have the privilege to know.
I grew up riding horses, climbing trees, jumping in the lake, building forts, and working in the kitchen at the camp with my 3 younger siblings (2 brothers & 1 sister). I can’t wait to take my kiddos out there on the weekends to feed the cows, swim in the lake, and canoe in the river.
My parents were great role models for me, always encouraging me to do what was right and go after my dreams. My Mom was loving, outgoing, free-spirited, compassionate, and so much fun to be around. She was a friend to everyone and always had great ideas like building treehouses, putting on plays in the living room, or roasting marshmellows in the front yard (totally against the neighborhood rules in Houston) - but somehow she charmed the police and got away with all of it. She passed away from breast cancer when I was 14. Through this devastating loss, my faith was cemented in Christ and I relied on God to carry me through. My Dad is still a pastor and is an incredibly brilliant, supportive, loving and Godly man.
My dream was always to be a stay-at-home Mom of 4 kids. I LOVE kiddos, so I was a teacher for many years. I taught Pre-K, 2nd grade and 4th grade. I absolutely adored my students and still keep up with them on facebook and email. Before Julah was born I worked for Habitat for Humanity, helping families get new, safe, affordable homes. I was so blessed to daily see God answering these families’ prayers! As a mom I love planning big birthday parties, going on school field trips, and packing love notes in their lunches. It's my dream job and I enjoy every minute of it. I get accused of taking too many pictures and videos, but I just want to bottle up the cuteness and keep it forever.
Infertility and the road to adoption has taught me so much about myself, being patient, and putting my hope in the Lord. Hope keeps bubbling to the top, and I will never give up our lifelong dream of having a family of 4 kiddos and their genetic families. My determination, hope, and love for my future children keeps me going.