Dustin & I met on Christmas Eve, 2006. I was 16. He was 21.
We ate spaghetti and meatballs for dinner & over the following two years, grew to become best friends. I knew from the beginning that I would marry him, but I waited as patiently as possible as the weeks, months & years passed by while we built our friendship and God worked out all the details.
In 2008, I graduated high school & went to a local university to study nursing. Dustin called me up one day and asked me out. To Panera. For lunch. Our first official date. Yes!
Finally, I thought! He knows we are meant to be. We ate soup, then drank hot chocolate & dated more casually for a year before he took a month long trip to Africa. Upon his arrival home, he told me he was in love with me and had realized it having been out of the country and away for so long.
Finally, I thought! I basically told him I've loved him since I met him. But that is another story....
We decided to make our relationship official and continued to date more seriously with the intention of marriage in the future. On June 23, 2011, Dustin took me by complete surprise when he got down on one knee & presented to me the most beautiful ring I had ever seen, asking me to be his wife and bride forever. I of course said yes & we were married the following year on September 1, 2012.
About a month after our honeymoon, on my husband's 27th birthday, we found out we were pregnant! We welcomed our first baby girl, Olivia Beatrice, into our world on May 23, 2013.
On January 1, 2015 we found out we were expecting our second baby. When we found out we were having another little girl, I couldn't even believe it was real life. Olivia would have a sister -- something I always dreamed of having, and I knew their bond would be unlike anything else in the world.
On September 10, 2015 we welcomed our second little girl, Penelope Bae, into the world and she couldn't have been more perfect. We've already noticed so many similarities to her older sister, and Olivia is just in love with her. Every night before bed she has to give her kisses goodnight and as soon as she wakes up in the morning, Poppy is the first person Olivia wants to see.
We are over the moon to be expecting our 3rd little girl in February 2017 and so excited to become a family of FIVE!
My husband Dustin is my rock & my 3 little girls are my sun, my moon & all of my stars. This life with them is so, so good. It is better than my wildest dreams.