Little did I know that when I was eight years old and at a birthday party for a friend of the family, I would be face to face with my future husband. To be honest, I do not even remember this party. If it wasn’t for a picture that documented the moment, we would have never known it happened.
Fast forward 11 years later, two hours after my parents left me in my freshman dorm room, Nathan walked back into my life. For me it was love at first sight, or I guess technically second sight! Our time at Drake University was everything you hoped college to be. While our course work was challenging, we developed friendships that have stood the test of time and our faith in God was solidified on that campus.
Over the course of my freshman year, Nathan and I developed a wonderful friendship that laid a foundation for our relationship to grow on. It is amazing what cups of coffee and good books can do for a friendship. Half way through my sophomore year, through encouragement from a mutual friend, we started dating. A year later we were engaged, and the following August we were married.
When Nathan graduated we moved to Kansas City where he completed a two year pharmacy management residency. I completed rotations here in KC and graduated the following year. While our initial plan was to move back to Iowa, God had another path. Through a series of closed doors we decided to remain planted in the Kansas City Area. In our time here, Nathan has worked for several different health care systems. Over the years I have worked part time in health care or Children’s Ministry and am now a full time stay at home mom. Through each job change we have seen the hand of God preparing us for the next stage of life he has for us.
We have now been married for just under 20 years and have 4 kids. Two teenage daughters and two elementary aged sons. Life is full of excitement now, and the need to lean into the Holy Spirit is impossible to ignore. Life is full of many twists and turns. But there is no other tribe I would rather do this adventure with than these 5 humans.
Back in 2013 God gave us the word “Purpose” as our theme word for the year. It was from that word this blog, Our Purposeful Life, was born. Nathan and I have always had a heart for improving our marriage, being intentional with our parenting and sharing what we have learned with others. The idea of “purpose” has made us focus a little more on the why and how we do things. We started on a path of seeking the Lord and trying to understand the bigger picture of what He has for our life and for the lives of our kids.