You obviously want to get to know each of us as best you can. We think hearing each of our perspectives will help you with that.
I love to create and design.
Sometimes we just dance around making silly noises. Sometimes we drive cars and trains around on Austin's tracks.
I graduated from BYU with a BA in Illustration and currently run a small home business designing and selling pop-up cards, favor boxes, and other paper items. Additionally, I love to draw, paint, and create wood crafts and toys. I am extremely grateful that I can work on my talents and interests while also being able to stay home with our kids during the day. Spending time helping them learn and discover new things is very rewarding for me. I have always been a sort of tomboy, and I am avid about being active and having fun outdoors. I love literature, history, art, and animals. One day I plan to have a horse, which is why we are living on a horse property.
Nate is extremely smart and a fast learner, so it is no surprise that he received nearly all A’s throughout his time in school. He has a good sense of humor, which often helps lighten the atmosphere of otherwise tense situations. Generally he is a casual guy who enjoys making jokes and playfully teasing. I love how he often brightens my day with his fun personality and thoughtful attentions. He greets me with a loving hug and kiss every day when he returns home from work. He is kind, considerate, and good at noticing ways to help others. Nate is also a great father; I love watching him interact with Austin, Emma, and other kids! Just watching him tease, play, and have fun with children is a blast! He is friendly and witty but also reserved. Nate has always been good at working to support me in my interests, even when they are not his own. For example, he has been very accommodating in my desires to have pets, even though he is not particularly enthusiastic about animals himself. Our relationship over the years has just grown stronger as we have learned how to work and communicate with each other even better.
Austin’s favorite things to do are playing with toys and being silly. When he has free time, he generally spends it building creations out of Legos and K’nex. He also is artistically gifted and loves to run around or ride his bike outside. He loves all sorts of vehicles and dreams of being able to drive some of his favorites one day.
Emma loves music, horseback riding, and swinging around on a playground. Like Austin, she also loves reading and playing actively outside. She often spends time writing imaginative stories and notes and coloring pictures. She is eager to be helpful around the house, a trait that is much appreciated!
I am laid-back, humorous, and intelligent. I am fairly introverted and haven’t always been very successful socially. (Except marrying Rebecca. That was pretty dang successful of me.) I work hard towards succeeding in my career and providing for my family, but I also love taking time off from work to do fun things with them. My main spiritual and family goal is to maintain a loving relationship with my wife and children and a close relationship with God.
Rebecca is creative, ambitious, diligent, and super hard-working. She loves art and animals and is very good at staying organized and maintaining a routine. Rebecca is very thoughtful and puts a lot of effort into researching issues that affect our family like education and politics. I really admire that she always does what she thinks is right, even if it is unpopular, or hard, or makes her uncomfortable. She is a super caring person, too. She is always coming up with ways she can use her hobbies to make her friends and family happy – like making wooden toy cars for Austin, giving people home-made soap, or coming up with fancy new paper craft designs just for a family member’s special occasion. In our marriage, she has always been selfless and has put my happiness ahead of her own.
Austin is an energetic, silly boy. I love coming home from work and hearing the same thing from him every day – “Dad! I want to play with you!” It has been fun seeing him succeed in home-school and devour new books. He has been so excited to have a sister and practically worships the ground she walks on.
Emma joined our family later, but has seemed to fit right in. She is super helpful and affectionate. I love when she randomly comes up to give me hugs and tells me “I love you”. When it’s her turn to spend one-on-one time with me, she always chooses to ride our bikes to the park.
The best thing about mom is….she gives me school lessons, makes me lunch, reads books to me, and goes on bike rides with me.
The best thing about dad is….he makes me breakfast on Saturday like scrambled eggs, he goes on bike rides with me, and he plays with me.
The best thing about me is…that I am good at reading, writing, and hiking.
I want to have another sibling because…I want to play with him or her.
The best thing about mom is….she is nice, she loves me, and she is patient.
The best thing about dad is….he goes on bike rides with me, he plays with me, and he is really nice.
The best thing about me is…that I can hike so fast, that I can ride my bike, and that I can learn fast.
I want to have another sibling because….we will have more people to play games.