I currently live in central Arkansas with my husband and rainbow baby, Naomi Joy,  But, let me start at the beginning.

I was born in North Hollywood, California and lived all over Southern California for my childhood. When I was eleven, my family moved to the small town of Mount Airy, North Carolina. Talk about a culture shock! My brother and I both hated it initially, but it grew on us. We were both homeschooled and had several friends in our homeschool group. I worked at Subway and he worked at Taco Bell, and we stayed busy!

                                                                            Wedding photo, August 2009

                                                                           Wedding photo, August 2009

I met my now-husband at the local Wal-Mart. Not exactly the place I'd expect to meet the love of my life, but hey. God throws crazy wrenches into what we have planned for our lives. After four short months of dating, and tons of late night coffee shop/Mexican food dates, we married in August of 2009. Two years later, he joined the United States Marine Corps and we moved to the crazy town of Jacksonville, North Carolina. Lots of people don't like it there, but we loved it! We bought a house, met our very best friends, got involved in a wonderful church, and just enjoyed every minute of our lives.

                                                                            Boot camp graduation, September 2011

                                                                           Boot camp graduation, September 2011

All of our close friends, and even myself sometimes, lovingly refer to my husband as Bear. So that's what we'll call him here too. Bear and I are so different, but opposites must really attract. He likes old school country music, I like hard rock. He likes fried catfish and hush puppies, I'd prefer a grilled steak and side of broccoli. He could watch sports all day every day, I prefer to binge watch medical shows on Netflix.

                                                                                           Welcoming Bear home from deployment #3, July 2015

                                                                                          Welcoming Bear home from deployment #3, July 2015

We were married for six years before getting pregnant with our first baby, Ivory. Ivory never got to be born into this world, unfortunately we lost that pregnancy around nine weeks. We had just returned from an amazing vacation in Asheville, NC and were hit with the news that Ivory's heart stopped beating. That began the downward spiral of emotions that would encompass us for many, many months afterwards.

                                                                                        Right after finding out I was pregnant for the first time. August 2015

                                                                                       Right after finding out I was pregnant for the first time. August 2015

I never really felt any sense of "healing" from the loss until our Naomi Joy was born in November 2016. I was extremely hesitant to get pregnant again and even more paranoid that God would take this baby from me too, but the second she was placed on my chest after delivery, all those worries faded. She has brought us so much joy, hence her middle name.

                                                                                                                    The Day Naomi Joy was born.

                                                                                                                   The Day Naomi Joy was born.

God knew exactly what my husband and I needed before we even knew it ourselves. Although there are still days when I feel like I should have two babies here, I rest in the fact that one day I will get to meet sweet Ivory. God gave us Naomi to take care of and love, and I couldn't ask for anything more. She gives me a reason to pull myself together every day, and a reason to try my hardest at everything I do. She is surely a joy.

Currently, I stay busy with this ministry and my husband is recruiting for the Marine Corps at the RSS here in Arkansas. He has a calling on his life to be a minister, so once this tour is over who knows where God will take us and where we'll end up next. If we have learned anything over the past several years, it's that God will make a way when you think there is no way, and he will give you joy unspeakable when you think there is nothing to be joyful about.

We attend Trinity Assembly of God in Little Rock and on the off chance that he's actually home on the weekend, we enjoy trying new restaurants and browsing Target or Bass Pro Shops.