We met at our high school summer band program in 1992. I was 14 years old and Stephen was 16. While in high school, we were just friends. We were both in band and went to a band festival in Florida. We spent a lot of time together just “hangin’ out.”
From the moment I laid my eyes on Stephen, I developed a huge crush on him and just “knew” I was going to marry him. Unfortunately, Stephen had no idea of my future plans for him. He graduated from high school in 1993 and went on with his life. I graduated in 1996.
Upon my graduation, a good friend of ours was going away to the Navy and had a party. Stephen and I got reacquainted at the party, and the rest is history.
In 2000 and 2001, I became pregnant, but lost those babies. In December 2002, we found out we were pregnant again, and in August 2003, I gave birth to our beautiful daughter, Hannah Joyce. In September 2005, we learned we were expecting again, and our son, Cayden Edward, was born in April 2006.