We met when we were youngsters growing up in the small town of Helena, Montana. If you can name a single city in Montana, that would probably be the one since it's the capitol! Anyway, I wish I could say that our romance began early and only continued to bloom and grow over the years until we reached a marriageable age, but sadly that is not the case. A fateful game of "Horse" on the basketball court one day from which this girl rose victorious over her future husband (H-O-R-S-E to nothing, I might add) humiliated poor Paul to such an extreme that he could barely tolerate my presence. To be fair, I was very tall and lanky while Paul had yet to achieve the growth spurt that would catapult him past the five foot mark (a distinctive disadvantage in basketball). A young romance would not have worked out anyway since my family decided to pack up and move from Montana to Indiana when I had just turned twelve. I thought I would never see that cute, short boy again.
However, we were reunited years later as freshmen on campus at the University of Notre Dame. I was so excited to reintroduce myself to Paul and possibly reminisce about the portions of our childhood that were communal, but he pretended that he had no idea who I was. In fact, he acted as if he wanted absolutely nothing to do with me. Maybe he was still sore about that game of "Horse." Either way, that really bothered me and I made up my mind that I concurrently wanted nothing to do with him.
We were married in the months immediately following our graduation and moved far away from friends and family to begin our new life together. We have now been married for nearly nine years and have three adorable children: Matthew Patrick, Emma Rose, and Lucia Therese. God willing, we hope to continue to expand beyond our little family of five in the coming years. But for now, here is a little bit about each member of the family (excuse me as I switch to awkwardly writing about myself in the third person):
Lucia Therese is the newest addition to our family born in May 2015. She is our plumpest child with an endless appetite and a particularly desperate attachment to her mother. As she has grown, Lucia has demonstrated her keen problem-solving skills and mischievous tendencies. If she hasn't been heard from or seen in under five minutes, odds are she can be found tearing apart her mother's bureau or her father's desk in search of candy, makeup, or coins. She loves the outdoors and at 14 months began insisting on taking the family's normal 1.25 mile walk around the neighborhood without the assistance of a stroller. She loves to sing, has a pretty great set of dance moves she loves to break out every now and then, and is in love with Elmo. She gets excited when her mother brings out the blender because she thinks she's getting a smoothie and usually ends up disappointed when salad dressing is whipped up instead. Her favorite foods are yogurt, chocolate, and quesadillas. And she loves puppies.