Kimberly was born and raised in Missouri but transferred to a college in Dallas. Michael had been living in the Dallas area for his whole life. We ended up going to the same church, where we first met in 2016. Michael saw Kimberly for the first time when church let out and she was coming down the stairs. He said the sun was shining through the windows and it was if she was the only person in the room. We officially met in a ministry at church called, “Great Questions.” Kimberly saw Michael’s devotion and love for the Bible. Michael admired Kimberly’s heart for discipleship and he thought she was cute. By God’s providence we bumped into each other every single week after we first met, and no, Michael did not do that on purpose. It just happened to be. We started meeting for coffee each Sunday at church as our friendship grew. Five months later we started dating intentionally. We dated for nine months and then Michael proposed on Easter of 2017 and we married that year on September 23, 2017.
After having our first son, Nathan, Kimberly chose to stay at home full time. Kimberly is a homebody and enjoys getting to steward and care for their home and family. Michael is a firefighter-paramedic and only works every third day, and that has been a huge gift for our family. It gives us a lot of flexibility to take trips, host family and friends, and spend time together as a couple and as a family. It also makes for fun family trips to the fire station! It has become a tradition to travel almost each year to Kansas City, Missouri to visit Kimberly’s extended family during the holidays. Missouri has grown on Michael a lot, particularly the rush hour traffic- or lack thereof- and the cool weather in the summer. We have also enjoyed traveling together as a family to Springfield, MO, Oklahoma, and various parts of Texas.
What has kept us together and growing throughout our marriage is God. We believe that God at the center of our lives is the answer to living a prosperous and successful life, as God defines success. And we have seen success throughout our marriage, sometimes not in ways we would have ever imagined. It has been a sweet time together to grow and build a life together, and getting to include our son in that has been a joy.
The holiday season is our favorite time of the year! During Thanksgiving, we take an annual trip to Missouri to visit family and sightsee. During Christmas, we spend that time locally having meals with family and friends, and doing our Jesse Tree tradition. Each day of December leading up to Christmas, Nathan loves to put ornaments on the tree and we cannot wait to have another little one join us in that tradition. Every holiday comes with delicious food to share and eat with family.