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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.