Adam and I grew up in Hemet, Ca. We went to school together and never really ended up hanging out at all. We graduated in different years and went off to do different things in our lives, never thinking about each other. Adam served a mission in Mexico from 1999 to 2001. I went to Salt Lake City and eventually found myself living in Provo with my sisters, working and hanging out as much as possible. Adam was supposed to get home on September 11, 2001, but we all know what happened on that day. Adam’s mission was pushed back a week until September 18, 2001 when the airports were open and it seemed like a safe bet he could get home easily. His after-mission plans had been put on hold by the events of a week before, so he came home and tried to adjust. I had been working for a local company in Provo and felt pretty good about the direction my life was heading, so it came as quite a shock when I arrived one morning to find I had been laid off from my job. I decided to go home early for Thanksgiving to regroup, then go back to find a new job after the holiday. My sister and I went to a church activity one night and we were sitting in the front row. Adam walked in late (typical!), I saw him and immediately turned to my sister and told her that I was going to marry him. We hung out a few times, and after a week and a half of dating we decided that we were going to get married.
We were married on March 9th, 2002. We decided to move to Provo after getting married so Adam could go to school. I already had a new job lined up, so it seemed perfect. We moved into our first apartment which was so small it was ridiculous. The bathroom sink was actually inside our bedroom, and oven door blocked off the entire kitchen! Adam went to school for a while, but we soon decided to move back to California. We stayed in California and Adam worked with my mom while going to school in our home town. I also worked at a local company. We were just living life, hoping to move forward soon.
We had always wanted to start our family, and were just waiting for Heavenly Father to bless us with kiddos. We had our first daughter (Tessa) in 2004, then our second daughter (Izzie) came in 2008, and then in 2012 our son Xander finally showed up. During these years we dealt with multiple miscarriages and extended struggles to become pregnant. We are grateful for the three awesome children we have.
Adam and I have had our ups and downs throughout the years, and sometimes it seems like more downs than ups. We are very grateful, though, for everything that our Heavenly Father has blessed us with. Adam was able to graduate from college with a Bachelor’s degree and, after some extended looking and a few unanticipated adjustments, now has a wonderful job at a technology company here in St George, UT.