I have never received a ticket, and have never been in an accident. I started driving at 16, but didn’t get pulled over for the first time until I was 23 years old, and it was for driving without headlights on- which I didn’t realize because I was driving through a very lit town.
I have always had hope for becoming a foster parent in the future, and we have tentative plans to adopt when the kids are older. I think the foster system is incredibly broken at times, and I would take in all the little ones in the world if I could. We don’t want any more biological children for a few reasons, but for me it’s mostly because I really do not enjoy being pregnant.
I won homecoming queen my senior year. I was also yearbook editor, class president, and I graduated head of my class. Absolutely none of it has mattered since I graduated. Ha!
I also had very red hair during my senior year. Enjoy a couple of my senior photos below.
Coconut is my FAVORITE. Coconut milk is the stuff. I will drink coconut rum straight. Anything and everything coconut is my jam. My favorite thing I have ever tasted is a coconut boba tea from a food tent at a festival here in Japan.
I don’t make the bed every day.
We didn’t plan on having kids until we were in our late twenties. We had planned to live and work in the parks each summer for several more years. Henry was our biggest and best surprise.
Henry and I lived with my in-laws for almost five months while Drew was away for his job training. Yep, I lived with my in-laws WITHOUT my husband after they graciously invited me to do so, and it wasn’t weird at all. One of the best summers of my life, actually.
I graduated Valedictorian of my high school class, and I took every single math class that my high school offered- up to Trig, Calculus, and Math Analysis, and I haven’t opened a math book in the 6 years since.
I graduated with my Associate of Arts in Christian Ministry from a private Christian bible college but haven’t gone back to college to finish a Bachelors. Eventually I would like to get my Bachelor’s in Business Administration or Marketing. I would love to dive into Advertising, and so much in the business world intrigues me.
I have one tattoo on my wrist that I got my senior year of high school. Enjoy my terribly plucked eyebrows here, too. We all went through that stage, right?
I have watched basically everything there is to watch on Netflix. I am thoroughly addicted to Jane the Virgin, and I believe that Parenthood is the best series ever produced. Edit: Now that we have Hulu too, I am editing this bullet to say that The Handmaid’s Tale is now the best series ever produced in my opinion. (Releasing my binge-worthy shows soon- I’ll continue my ranting there soon.)
I get asked often what kind of false eyelashes/eyelash extensions I use. I have naturally really long eyelashes, but they are SO blonde without mascara.
I am married to my high school sweetheart, and we have been together since I was 15. We went on our first date at 16. I have known him since his family started attending our church around the time he was in 2nd grade, and he first asked me out in 6th grade. He used to tell me he loved me all through middle school and junior high. I didn’t give him a chance until the summer before my sophomore year.
We broke up for over 6 months during my senior year and had no intentions of getting back together. Life sometimes comes full circle, huh?
(If you want to know more about him and I, read more about our story in this post.)
I have one biological sister who is 12 years older than me. Our voices sound identical over the phone- when we were together, we used to like to trick our mom and not tell her which one of us was calling.
I worked in the Grand Teton Mountains doing a ministry for a summer during college with Drew, and we both absolutely fell in love with Wyoming during that summer. He proposed to me on a hill that overlooked these mountains.
I was known for my art in high school. I was actually offered a pretty hefty scholarship to Memphis College of Art, but turned it down. I won our district’s art show all four years of high school, and I designed the half sleeve my husband just got tattooed on his arm. (The artist changed it to be his own rendition of my design) Below is a charcoal drawing I did my junior year.
I really really love hosting people at our home, but our house is probably dirty if we don’t have plans to have people over. Toddlers don’t allow for clean houses, man.
I was actually heartbroken when I found out we would be moving to Japan, and I didn’t believe Drew when he called and told me. I thought I would hate every second of being here. Turns out I’ve fallen head over heels in love with the country.
My eyes are blue, green, grey, and yellow. They usually look green or blue in photos.
I’m a die hard Apple fan. Drew is a die hard Samsung fan. It’s the biggest conflict of our marriage. I kid. Although three years ago I hated him daily after he convinced me to get a Samsung, and he has hated me for a year now as he fights his iPhone. We balance each other.